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December 2022

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Whale-Watching Season in Hawaii

The winter season is the best time to come to Hawaii if you want a chance to catch a glimpse of the majestic humpback whales. Starting in the winter and through the early parts of spring, about 5,000 to 6,000 humpback whales make their journey from the colder Alaskan ocean to the warm waters of Hawaii to give birth and stay for a few months to nurse their young. To whale-watch from shore, some popular areas would be the shores of Kaanapali Beach on Maui, Hanauma Bay on Oahu, Poipu Beach on Kauai, and the “hill of the whale” at Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site on Hawaii Island. If you wanted to get a closer look, while still maintaining distance to view the whales, you can book a catamaran tour.


Aqua-Aston Drives Bookings During Cyber Sale

To help drive bookings at the start of the holiday season, Aqua-Aston launched its annual Cyber Sale deal. The offer was promoted from November 16-29 with imagery that featured Hawaii's tropical climate and beautiful oceans to entice customers to book their next vacation to the Islands. The Cyber Sale offer was promoted on the Aqua-Aston website, through e-newsletters, social media, and digital ads. In addition, Aqua-Aston received press coverage in The New York Times and Forbes, among others. As a result, the campaign successfully garnered bookings for the remainder of 2022 and into 2023, which will serve as a solid base of business for Aqua-Aston’s managed hotels and resorts.

Mahalo for your kokua with Harvest for Hunger

In partnership with the Hawaii Foodbank, Aqua-Aston hosted its annual food drive throughout the month of November. With your help and generosity, Aqua-Aston was able to donate 8,269 pounds of food (equivalent of 6,890 meals) and $2,560.48 in monetary donations to help those in need in our community. It’s reported that 1 in 6 people in Hawaii struggle with hunger, and this includes a growing number of kupuna (elderly) and keiki (children). We placed collection bins at our corporate office and all managed hotels and resorts in Hawaii where donors could drop off their non-perishable food items. Monetary donations were also collected through an online link for virtual food donations. Thank you for your support!