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Astros One Win Away, Carroll’s Hawaiian Cuisine



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by Lloyd Carroll


Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau officials were in New York to meet with both media, travel agents and tour group operators last week. Jay Talwar, the HCVB’s senior vice president of marketing, admitted that the Aloha State has not done a great job in attracting visitors from the Big Apple as only 1% of the state’s tourists are from here.

Hawaiian tourism officials are trying to appeal to millennials by promoting the state’s exotic and healthy food/restaurants as well as a fun nightlife while downplaying its image as a popular honeymoon spot.

Honolulu is home to several nightclubs where some terrific original pop music is performed nightly. Based on the artists that I saw at the Hawaiian event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last week, the great soul sounds of the 1970s and 80s is having a big influence on the contemporary music scene in the mid-Pacific.

Our 50th state is a tropical paradise but it is over 5,000 miles from Queens. Hawaiian Airlines does offer nonstop service from JFK to Honolulu but it’s a ten-hour flight. My suggestion would be to fly to break up that trip by stopping over in California for a few days both going out and coming back.

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