Thank You, Hawaii-Letter from a Recent Visitor to the 50th State

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Recently, my wife and I visited your wonderful islands to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We arrived November 5th for 16 days of truly magnificent fun and relaxation. We came with a group of seniors from across Canada organized by “Seniors Tours.”

While on Oahu we saw Don Ho, Hilo Hatties, Pearl Harbor, a Polynesian show and enjoyed a swim at the beach.


In Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, we visited a coffee plantation, orchid nursery, candy factory and several other interesting places.

We also stayed on the island of Kauai where we were kept busy at Smith’s on a boat ride and luau.

In addition, we toured each island by bus. Everything was very well organized for us and we would like to thank everyone who made our holiday so fantastic. You should be proud of your state.

There was, however, one disappointment we encountered when we came home that has not been resolved. During our orientation the day after we arrived, we asked our tour guide to get us tickets to see the Don Ho Show on Nov. 9. We paid for the show tickets with our Visa card and the next day we received confirmation of our payment, which we turned in on entry the show. Between the dinner and show, we took pictures with Don Ho and my wife submitted a coupon for a free Don Ho cassette, which would supposedly be sent to us via mail if we requested a copy again by email. I have sent four requests so far and have yet to get any response or tape. Seniors Tours, on my request, also has sent Don Ho’s organization a few mail inquiries.

Maybe there is someone on the Islands that can assist me to get them to fulfill this simple task. My wife is very disappointed.

Again, I thank you for allowing me to thank Hawaii and to voice my only concern.

”’Alex Thomson is a resident of Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, and can be reached via email at:”’