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The Bloggers are Coming

May 20th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 13 Comments · Blogs, Events, Hawaii, People, Social Media, The Web

A group of bloggers and vloggers will be touring Hawaii next week as part of a “social media tour,” as local visitor industry officials reach beyond the mainstream to spread the word about Hawaii travel. It’s been dubbed the “So Much More Hawaii” tour, and it will include visits to Oahu (May 27 & June 3-4), Kauai (May 28-29), Maui (May 30-31), and the Big Island (June 1-2, Kona-side only).

The tour is being coordinated by David Uchiyama, Vice President of Tourism Marketing for the Hawaii Tourism Authority, with help from the Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau. They’ve turned to Cilantro Media (the ever engaged Christine Lu) to organize the blogger team.  The bloggers are:

Also counted among the bloggers is the fabulous L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine (@Neenz), serving as one of many local hosts and organizers.

Coordinator Christine Lu will also be in town, even though she’s simultaneously organizing other social media events like Geeks on a Plane, which is a tour of East Asia (including Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai).

Twitter is one of the primary ways the participants connect, and the HTA has said the official “hashtag” (or tracking keyword) is #hawaiihta. So in addition to visiting their individual blogs, you’ll be able to follow many of them in near realtime as they post to Twitter during the tour.

There will also be an official blog, which will be launched later this week. I’m very curious about their apparently jam-packed itinerary (Jim Turner put a number of activities up for a public vote), and the businesses and groups that will be hosting them. This seems like an interesting new media twist on the veritable “fam tour.”

They’ll definitely experience local music: The HTA announced today that their welcome reception will include live music by 2009 Grammy nominated Hawaiian musician Makana.

Hopefully there’ll also be opportunities for meetups and tweetups with local geeks!

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