Filling the Hawaii Comprehension Gap

Hawaii's Largest Selection of Activities

A few decades ago a small group of activists in Hawaii decided that it was time to revive the Hawaiian language, for Hawaiians to relearn their native language and Hawaiian to be included in traditional schools. They wanted to start Hawaiian language instruction with preschoolers and create an entirely new generation of Hawaiian language speakers. In the mid-1980s this ambitious goal was endorsed by Hawaii's Department of Education that allowed them to create Hawaiian language "immersion schools," but without any state support. A handful of families created Pūnana Leo which means "nest of voices."

Hawaii has an activity, a tour, and an experience for everyone, from any corner of the U.S. or the world, culture, experience as a traveler, concern for price and safety, desire for adventure and thrills. Even after living and working in Hawaii for more than 45 years, we’re continuously impressed, often awed, by the countless ways that Hawaii offers visitors to build spontaneous adventures and avoid packaged tours. Understandably it’s difficult for non-Hawaiians to grasp the diversity of experiences offered by each island. Changing both comprehension and perceptions of Hawaii, even for travel professionals, is one of the main reasons that Tom Barefoot’s Tours publishes articles and “Info Bites” weekly. We aim to capture the attention of mobile-based people, many of whom lead hectic lives, and need to speed up their vacation research without compromising quality. Hence, two special and quite unique features are part of Tom Barefoot’s Tours website: select any location on any island and see all of the activities and tours in or near it; and Activity Match  to completely personalize vacation options and experiences.




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Tom Barefoot’s Tours (https://www.tombarefoot.com) wants to help you find just the right accommodations on any island in Hawaii. That’s only one of the many reasons for creating our affiliate program and partnering with more than 100 owners and managers of Hawaii’s resorts, hotels, vacation rentals, B&Bs, inns, renters of apartments, cottages, cabins, homes and condos.

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Tom Barefoot’s Tours has been really happy to help young adults, their parents and grandparents to vacation together in Hawaii. We all know that multigenerational travel is a growing trend, but our staff experiences special gratification by bringing several generations together and helping them to select just the right activities and tours.

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Hawaii always has had a great reputation as a vacation destination for “getting away” and “recharging”. However, clearly many travelers expect more than superb beaches, sun, luxury retreats, and such from their vacations in Hawaii.

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Just about everyone that knows anything about Maui has heard the name Haleakala. The “House of the Sun” has the highest peak on Maui (10,000+ ft.

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Having the envious mission of customizing experiences in Hawaii for clients and guests, wedding and special event planners know that each beach on each Hawaiian island is very different, visually and in the feelings and spirit that they communicate.

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Adventure travel is one of the most popular segments of the travel industry. In recent years there has been tremendous global growth in adventure travel.

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Everyone’s favorite things to see and do on Oahu probably include snorkeling and mingling with sealife in the turquoise waters of Hanauma Bay and strolling down the long beautiful arc of sand at Kailua Beach.

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No one should be surprised that Paradise has a housing shortage, especially on Oahu which has about 40% of future housing needs. According to recent projections, Hawaii will need an additional 65,000 housing units statewide by 2025.

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Each of Hawaii’s islands can claim to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Many people using Tom Barefoot Tours (https://www.tombarefoot.

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An important part of the job of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is to overcome preconceived notions about Hawaii that discourage tourism. Tourism is too important (21% of the state’s economy) for Hawaii’s image as a vacation destination to be mainly a place where mom and dad or grandma go, although their importance for Hawaii's tourism cannot be overstated.

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An important part of the job of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is to overcome preconceived notions about Hawaii that discourage tourism. Tourism is too important (21% of the state’s economy) for Hawaii’s image as a vacation destination to be mainly a place where mom and dad or grandma go, although their importance for Hawaii's tourism cannot be overstated.

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Many travel agencies primarily target the "luxury travel" market. However “luxury travelers” by no means constitute a homogenous market.

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Why You Should Use Tom Barefoot's ToursWe only book activities and tours in Hawaii, nowhere else. We book over 400 proven vendors and over 1600 different activities and tours.

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In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a digital arms race in the travel industry. It’s the inevitable result of the ongoing digital and mobile revolution.

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Tours & activities account for about 10% of global travel spending annually. Increasingly travelers are seeking out activities and tours that exactly fit the experiences that they want, their values, physical capabilities, and other personal needs and preferences.

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Tours & activities account for about 10% of global travel spending annually. Increasingly travelers around the world and in Hawaii are seeking out activities and tours that exactly fit the experiences that they want, their values, physical capabilities, and other personal needs and preferences.

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The “millennial generation” (born between 1981 and 1996, also known as Gen Y) increasingly is a target market for the travel industry and other businesses catering to consumers.

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