Hawaii Destination Specialist Program


The new Hawaii Destination Specialist Program is a self-guided program that delivers in-depth knowledge and insights into the Hawaiian Islands, plus effective tips to transform you into a booking pro. Best of all, the online program is free so you can take it at your own pace.

What’s Different?
The new curriculum provides a richer, more extensive understanding of the destination as a whole and the six individual islands that make it the most culturally diverse place in the U.S. You’ll also learn insider tips and ways to promote Hawaiian Islands vacations to different travelers to ensure your success.

The program is delivered in a more visual and user-friendly format that’s fully compatible with tablets and smartphones. Most importantly, the program has been segmented into easily managed modules, and features a handy resume tool to save you time and fit your schedule.

What Can I Learn?
In Level 1, you’ll complete two certifications. Certification 1 provides an in-depth introduction to the Hawaiian Islands. Certification 2 is a roadmap for expertly selling vacations to Hawaii. Upon completion of Level 1, you’ll receive a Hawaii Destination Specialist Certificate and a package of valuable benefits:

  • Consumer referrals
  • Specialist-only webinars
  • Continuing education credits from The Travel Institute
  • One-year subscription to HAWAII Magazine
  • Access to ePostcard marketing tool
  • Use of the Hawaii Destination Specialist logo
  • Personalized emails for your Hawaiian Islands-bound clients
    (Linking to a comprehensive Welcome Microsite)

Level 1 graduates who wish to expand their education can become a specialist for individual islands. At Level 2, you can select the island(s) you want to study further in Certifications 3 through 6. The individual island programs include detailed courses on Kauai, Oahu, Maui Nui (encompassing Maui, Molokai and Lanai) and Hawaii Island.

Upon completion of each, you are awarded an Island Specialist Certificate. After completing Certifications 1 through 6, you will carry the title of Hawaii Destination Expert—an honor that is certain to impress your current clients…and attract new ones. You also earn a new level of exclusive benefits.

To distinguish yourself further, you can become an Island Master Specialist through a one-of-a-kind in-destination experience. To qualify, you must complete Certifications 1 and 2 and the certification for the particular island you’ll be visiting and studying. Achieving the Master Specialist designation is a genuine distinction you can leverage when you promote your professional services.

Ready to start? Visit agents.gohawaii.com.