In This Issue
Top Ten Reasons to Visit Hawaii
Top Ten Things To Do in Hawaii
How to Get the Best Bang for Your Travel Buck
Best Hawaiian Travel Packages

Oahu - Roundtrip airfare from San Diego and 7 nights at the Waikiki Resort Hotel from $779.00 *

Maui - Roundtrip airfare from San Diego and 7 nights at the Lahaina Beach Resort and 7 day car rental from $ 899.00 *

Kauai - Roundtrip airfare from San Diego and 7 nights at the Islander on the Beach and 7 day car rental from $999.00 *

Big Island - Roundtrip airfare from San Diego and 7 nights at the Kona Bay Hotel including breakfast and 7 day car rental from $999.00

* *Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and include all taxes. Travel must be completed by May 31, 2012

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Hawaiian Coconut Cake


1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
3 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
4 cups cold milk
1.5 teaspoons coconut extract
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained
2 cups heavy cream, whipped and sweetened
2 cups flaked coconut, toasted


Mix cake batter according to package directions.
Pour into two greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until the cakes test done. Cool completely.
In a large mixing bowl, combine pudding mixes, milk and coconut extract; beat for 2 minutes.
Add the cream cheese and beat well. Stir in pineapple. Spread over the cooled cakes. Top with whipped cream; sprinkle with coconut.
Chill for at least 2 hours.

~Tropical Destinations~

Cure for the Winter Blues

Dear Friends and Fellow Travelers,


Are short days, long nights, and gloomy gray getting you down?Why not jet away to a tropical destination to cure those winter blues? There are so many beautiful options: Fiji, Tahiti, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Australia, to name a few; but our favorite is the one that's closest to home - Hawaii!

The Hawaiian Islands have long been a favorite destination for many travelers. Here's why...
Top Ten Reasons to Visit Hawaii
  1. Exotic destination ~ all the comforts of home
  2. No passports ~ same money ~ same language
  3. Hang loose ~ chill out ~ safe and friendly!
  4. Warm water everywhere ~ always!
  5. Relax ~ replenish ~ rejuvenate 
  6. Cool geckos with English accents
  7. Photographer's palette ~ horticulturist's paradise
  8. Luaus ~ pig and poi ~ fire dancers and hula girls
  9. Kona coffee ~ pineapple ~ macadamia nuts ~ spam
  10. Beaches ~ waterfalls ~ rainbows ~ grottos ~ sunsets
Top Ten Things To Do in Hawaii
  1. Surf ~ parasail ~ snorkel ~ windsurf ~ fish ~ swim with dolphins!
  2. Tube the Ditch in Kauai ~ surf the Pipeline in Oahu
  3. Get up close and personal with an active volcano
  4. Bow your head over the Arizona
  5. Survive the road to Hana
  6. Choose your beach: black, white, pink or green sand?
  7. Hike Waimea Canyon ~ stroll Diamond Head
  8. Greet the sunrise on Haleakala
  9. Cruise the Napali coastline
  10. Golf ~ golf ~ golf

Okay, okay, I know that's more than ten things, but dudes, it's Hawaii!

How to Get the Best Bang for Your Travel Buck
It's decided! You are going on a vacation. Not a visit to relatives - a vacation. But what? Where? When? How much? It's time to start planning.

The "when" may have been decided for you if your job or a school schedule determines your time off. It's likely that the "how much" (your budget) is also somewhat predetermined. Any other constraints? Health? Likes? Dislikes? Gather them all up and contact your travel agent. Lay it all out and let your agent help you put it together - Your dream vacation, the trip of a lifetime, or a long weekend to relax and re-group.

How can you best help your travel agent to help you?
1. Start early. Six to nine months ahead of time is usually best. Some trips need longer - a year or more - due to high demand. Your agent can usually book a trip with as little as a week's notice, but you will probably sacrifice some choices and value.
2. Be specific about things that are important to you. Don't wait until the air is booked to say that you won't fly a certain airline. If hot weather or foreign language is not acceptable, say so up front.
3. Don't add unnecessary restrictions. If you have two weeks vacation from work, but only want to travel for half the time, say so, but letting your agent know that you want to take a 7-night trip between June 1 and June 15 will help get the most for your money. Arbitrarily picking June 3-10 as your travel dates lessens your chances of a good deal.

Do you like to do your own planning? That works too! You'll be amazed at how much assistance your travel agent can give you when you come to him with your proposed itinerary, air quote, tour choices, even hotel names. Frequently we have special pricing that can beat the best rates you can find on the internet. If we can't offer you the same or better pricing overall, we'll let you know. We can even arrange several portions of the trip while you take care of a specific part yourself - such as air using mileage points.

Just do us the courtesy of completing your research before you come to us rather than after. Tell us what you have found and give us the chance to improve on it - make it even better. Why? Because we can all benefit from having someone else double check our work. It is all too easy to miscount days, misinterpret connections, or get so caught up in price reduction that you don't notice the difference in value for your dollar.

YOUR AGENT CAN MAKE VIRTUALLY ANY TRIP COST LESS. HOW? Different dates. Different accommodations. Shorter trip. The possibilities are endless. But at some point, which you may not recognize until it is too late, your dream trip doesn't really match your dream anymore. count on your agent to help you get the best value for your money, not just the cheapest price.

A successful vacation has three parts - the planning and anticipation, the trip, and the memories. Your travel agent can make each of the three a wonderful part of your whole dream experience.
Hang loose dudes.

 Fiona Dunlop 
 Firstworld Travel and Cruises
 7443 Mission Gorge Rd

 San Diego, California 92120


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