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The Conversation: Marketing Hawaii Tourism

Casey Harlow
Hawaii Public Radio

We're counting down to June 16. That's when interisland travel restrictions will be relaxed and Hawaii moves one step closer to reopening transpacific flights.

Today we talk marketing strategies and have invited representatives from the airline, hotels and industry trackers to our round table talk.

Our guests are:

  • Chris Kam, President & Chief operating officer of Omnitrak. His tourism and travel  marketing research and forecasting spans more than 25 years.  He served as the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau’s Senior Director of Market Insights for a decade.

  •  Avi Mannis, Senior Vice President - Marketing of Hawaiian Airlines. Mannis joined the company in July 2007 as Senior Director of Transformation. Prior to that , he worked at The Boston Consulting Group in New York City and Paris, France, and at Christie's Auction House in New York City.

  • John White, Director of Sales and Marketing at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. White sits on Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Oceania, Europe and Canada advisory committees. He is a member of the Maui Visitors Bureau Marketing Committee  White also worked with the Kapalua resort , Maui Eco-Adventures and  Nike Company in Oregon.   


We want to hear from you. How has your community fared with less tourists coming to Hawaii?  What are your concerns? Do you work in the visitor industry?  Call our talkback line at 808-792-8217 or write to

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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