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On Location in Hawaii

Visit the delightful islands of Hawaii with personalized service and experiences. Our On Location partner, Worldstar, understands the islands and has the connections needed to create an unforgettable Hawaiian vacation. Read what Worldstar’s Managing Director, Shauna Hyswick, has to say about vacationing in Hawaii.

Q: What do you consider to be the highlights not to be missed in the Hawaiian Islands?

Each island is unique and has its own particular sights and attractions. However, a traditional Hawaiian luau can be done on any island and is a must for first time visitors. Other recommendations would be:

  • For our culture and history lovers, visit Pearl Harbor in Oahu where our guide will share facts and information from a local perspective rather than a guide book.
  • For adventure seekers, Maui is the ideal paradise. Here your clients can bike down a volcano or snorkel the Molokini crater.
  • If being outdoors is what you love, Kauai offers numerous opportunities to explore nature and enjoy beautiful scenery. Make sure to visit Waimea Canyon and take a helicopter tour to admire the island at its best.
  • If you are looking for something different and have been to Hawaii before, visit Hawaii Island. Its Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Kea Summit and Stars tour would take your breath away.

Q: What type of services do you offer and on which islands?

Our extensive product offerings include:

  • Airport meet & greet transfers (shared and private).
  • Wide portfolio of tours and excursions.
  • Rental car services.
  • Private customized functions for all group sizes.
  • Custom packages.
  • Customized destination weddings.

We are proud to say that Worldstar provides all of the above on all Islands which gives us the ability to create customized experiences while going from island to island. We have a knowledgeable and professional team of destination representatives who are the island experts and are able to assist our guests in designing memorable vacations. 

Q: Do you cater to individuals as well as groups?

Yes, we cater to both markets and have experienced meeting and event planners working on our team.

Q: Can your tours be taken by cruise ship passengers?

Of course. We can arrange pier transportation as well. 

Q: What special features are a part of the travel arrangements you make?

We offer a personalized touch to all our arrangements. Our staff takes pride in catering to the preferences of our clients in order to enhance their vacation experience. For example, we make recommendations, reservations and welcome calls the morning after they arrive to ensure everything is going well and let them know they have a friend in Hawaii.

Q: What tours are your personal favorites?

My personal favorite tours are:

  • Mauna Kea Summit and Stars on Hawaii Island
    Where else can you start the day on the beach and end up on the top of a snow capped volcano above the clouds where you can almost touch the stars?
  • Zip lining on Kauai
    What a rush to fly over the lush green canyons that are untouched and inaccessible by land.
  • Horseback riding on Oahu
    To ride into a lush tropical valley and learn about the legendary paniolo (cowboys of Hawaii). 
  • Snorkeling on Maui (Molokini Crater and Turtle town)
    What an amazing spot to snorkel with the fishes. . . More exciting is to be in the water with the majestic sea turtles swimming around you!

Q: Tell us about the islands and the type of tours available on each.


Also known as "The Gathering Place", Oahu is the third largest Hawaiian island serving as a home to the majority of Hawaii's diverse population. If you are interested in nightlife and shopping, Oahu is the ideal place.

We recommend: Hiking, biking, zip lining, luau, helicopter tour, Arizona Memorial tour, circle island tour, snorkeling tour, sunset cruises, movie tours, ATV tours, horseback riding, Polynesian Cultural Center and Luau.


Outdoor adventure and romance are characteristic of this, the oldest and northernmost island of Hawaii. If adventure is your take, take a cruise, kayak tour or zodiac ride at the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast.

We recommend: Snorkeling, zip lining, ATV tours, helicopter, sunset cruise, kayaking, circle island tour, Waimea Canyon tour, movie tours, and Luau.


The "Valley Isle", charming towns full of art and mom and pop stores, Maui is well known for its superb beaches, its unique culinary offer and its famous farm to table cuisine.

We recommend:  Bike down a dormant volcano, heavenly Hana tour, zip lining, horseback riding, snorkeling, helicopter tour, sunrise on Haleakala tour, luaus.

Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island is the youngest and largest island in Hawaii. Be amazed by one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Kilauea, visit Puuhonua o Honaunau a historic park that was once a place of refuge or walk on a black sand beach. Hawaii Island has it all.

We recommend:  Helicopter, Mauna Kea Summit and Star, Twilight volcano tour, dinner cruise, snorkel cruise, snorkel with the manta rays, luau.

Q: Tell us a bit about the guides who lead your tours.

The majority of our guides are born and raised in the islands so they are not only knowledgeable of the destination but are also great ambassadors of the culture and history of Hawaii.

Q: What tours do you recommend for those looking for active adventures?

Hawaii is ideal for adventure seekers, we offer a wide range of activities that go from zip lining, rappelling, biking down a volcano, hiking, kayaking, to surfing lessons with local experts.

Q: Do you offer any food and wine experiences?

Yes, we often work with clients to create a custom food and & wine experience tour.  One of our most popular tours is 'a taste of Oahu' in which we include some mom and pop local restaurants as well as a stop at our famous malasada bakery location for dessert.

Haleakala ("House of the Sun") | Maui, Hawaii

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