Dianne newcomer_ it’s that time of year when strange things seem normal

We constantly remind our kids never to open the door to strangers, but never hesitate to tell them about a jolly ole chap who will be coming down our chimney soon—if they are good, of course.

As a travel agent at Monroe Travel Service, I am seeing it in my business, too. Travel deals hawaii For example, I see where President-elect Donald Trump is tweeting about terminating the “deal” that opened Cuba to American travelers under President Obama at the same time American Airlines’ first flight from Miami landed in Havana on November 28th, right behind Jet Blue’s flight from New York.

Then, last week, just as Delta, United, Spirit, Frontier and Southwest started their service to Havana and completed the aviation “deal” that promises U.S. Family vacation hawaii packages Airlines can have 20 flights daily between the two countries, Fathom Cruise Line, the first and currently the only cruise line in the Cuban tourist market place announced they were pulling out; their last sailing will be this May.

Perhaps, their reason for leaving is because Oceania Cruise Line and Viking Ocean Cruises just announced they will soon be sailing to Cuba, but who knows? It all seems just a little strange to me.

And, speaking of strange, would you believe it snowed in Hawaii last week? It’s true! While Old Man Winter was wreaking winter havoc here in the continental USA, he managed to give the Big Island of Hawaii a good dusting of some white stuff, too!

In all, some parts of the island received nearly three feet of snow, which prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather warning! I repeat: we are talking a winter weather warning in Hawaii!

According to the report I saw, the Weather Service did acknowledge it is not unusual for Hawaii’s two mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa to have snow on their range considering they are around 13,000 feet.


Vacation hawaiian islands Yet, it is not typical for these peaks to have two or three feet of snow in a few short days and so early in the season.

Now, let me put this in perspective. Travel packages to hawaii all inclusive At Monroe Travel Service, we have had clients go to the Big Island to try their luck at snow skiing, but here’s the strange thing: when the snows came last week, the temperature on the Big Island was a delightful 84 degrees!

Even stranger was the fact that when snows fall on Mauna Kea, Manua Loa, or Haleakala on Maui, it usually lasts no more than a few days, but this particular storm dumped enough snow to last almost a week! This storm was so bad that access roads to the mountains had to be closed. Hawaii 5 day vacation packages I am sure that made the Hawaiian ski nuts a little crazy, because they could not get up the mountains to shred some of that beautiful white tropical powder!

The Hawaii Tourist Bureau is sending out email blasts constantly and capitalizing on this little stroke of good fortune that has turned the island of Hawaii into a strangely unique destination, which is why I contacted Marjorie and Evan Whitehurst, a couple of Monroe Travel Service clients who were actually there for this weather phenomenon.

The couple had flown to the islands to attend the December 7th ceremonies surrounding the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Hawaii vacation home rental After spending a few days in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, they enjoyed some leisurely extra days on the islands of Maui and Hawaii.

Since I wanted to find out if Hawaii’s snow days were ruining their vacation, I called Marjorie who just so happened to be lounging by the pool at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, sipping Mai Tai’s, and enjoying a sunny afternoon, while Evan enjoyed a day of deep sea fishing.

“Oh, I can’t even begin to tell you about our amazing adventure! How wonderful it was to be at Pearl Harbor last week….so moving…such an honor …and, then, Maui… Best vacation in hawaii well, it was everything we expected: great beaches, excellent hotel, beautiful golf courses …and waterfalls, but the Big Island of Hawaii is the biggest, strangest, and most wonderful surprise of all.”

“I feel sort of like I am sitting in the foothills of Colorado. Hawaiian trips packages You know, it’s like you can see those gorgeous snow capped mountains in the distance, but here I am sitting by the pool sunning and sipping drinks with fancy umbrellas in them! I mean, I am in Hawaii, and yesterday on our tour I saw fresh snow and molten lava flowing in the same hour!”

I had to smile. Best family hawaii vacation packages There are so many strangely wonderful things in our world. Cheap hawaii holiday packages Sometimes, you need to see them to believe them. Hawaii tours Maybe, for Christmas this year, you should consider wrapping up a trip for that someone special in your life—or at least a gift certificate from us with the promise of an adventure in 2017.

Dianne Newcomer is a travel agent at MONROE TRAVEL SERVICE, 1908 Glenmar. Package deals for hawaii vacation You may contact her at 318 323 3465 or email dianne@monroetravel.com.