ICBA Convention 2014: Destination Dreams

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Get ready for Hawaii’s sun and surf

Maybe it’s the exotic location. Perhaps it’s those distinctively flamboyant island shirts. But whatever the reason, the faces of more community bankers will be shining brighter this winter in anticipation of attending the ICBA convention in Honolulu.

There’s no place on earth quite like Hawaii.

As in previous years when Hawaii has been ICBA’s convention destination, Jan Meyer, the association’s senior vice president of conventions and meetings, anticipates a slew of convention-goers planning to take advantage of Hawaii’s playground opportunities before and after the convention. That’s why she provided a company to help plan various specially-priced island vacation packages for community bankers and their family members. From cultural programs to outdoor adventures, attendees can choose from a wide variety of accommodations and activities.

  1. A day at the beach. Oahu is world-renowned for the beaches. At Waikiki Beach, be prepared to join many tourists. For a more private beach experience, try driving to the quieter shores along the island’s eastern side.
  2. Take a hike. Head inland toward the hiking trails meandering around Oahu’s center. The Manoa Falls Trail, which is very close to Honolulu, provides great excursions through the island’s jungles and waterfalls.
  3. Visit historical landmarks. The USS Arizona Memorial, honoring those lost in the 1941 Pearl Harbor invasion, is the island’s most visited historical attraction. To learn about Hawaiian history and culture, a great place to visit is the Iolani Palace.
  4. Go sightseeing. Many memorable sights are within driving distance of Honolulu. One is Diamond Head, a mountain of volcanic rock with a lookout over Waikiki.
  5. Experience a traditional luau. Dine on kalua pig cooked in an imu (earth oven), haupia (coconut pudding) and poi (Hawaiian taro starch). Then listen to live music and watch skilled performances of the hula.
  6. Relax at the spa. The Mandara Spa at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is the largest spa in Waikiki. The full-service salon offers massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps.
  7. Abundant shopping. Oahu’s best shopping can be found in several indoor and outdoor settings. Several options include the Ala Moana Mall, the Aloha Tower Marketplace, the Ward Warehouse & Ward Centre, and the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet.
  8. Great for the whole family. Waikiki has a variety of worthy attractions, such as the Waikiki Aquarium, the U.S. Army Museum and the Honolulu Zoo across from the 100-acre Kapiolani Park. Another diversion is Atlantis Submarine rides, providing underwater ocean views off the coastal Diamond Head.
  9. Hawaiian culture. Experience diverse ethnicities, cultures and lifestyles among the residents of Oahu animated by the Aloha spirit. The Polynesian Cultural Center Larn on Oahu’s North Shore offers a place to learn about several Polynesian cultures.
  10. Spectacular waterfalls. Oahu’s Manoa Falls is a stunning natural wonder worthy of visiting.