Farmers and ranchers from throughout the United States and Canada have visited Hawaii with YMT Vacations (YMT) every January since 1975. A major U.S. tour operator, YMT started specializing in Hawaii in 1967 and in 1975 moved their first farm group to the islands (the Fulton County Farm Bureau in Ohio).
Since then, YMT has set aside every January to include sightseeing of particular interest to farmers and ranchers on their most popular Hawaiian vacation, the two-week, four-island, fully escorted Hawaiian Kings Tour.
This popular vacation package, designed for the first time visitor, includes sightseeing of all the major highlights on the four main Hawaiian Islands. Besides escorted sightseeing, travelers will spend nights in hotels on the islands of Oahu, staying on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu; Maui; Kauai; and on the “Big Island” of Hawaii in the villages of Hilo and Kailua-Kona.
Agricultural industry sightseeing includes a visit to the Ludgate family owned Steel Grass Farm on Kauai, featuring commercially grown bamboo, vanilla, Tahitian lime, papyrus and cacao. On Maui, visitors will tour the Maui Gold Pineapple Plantation and processing facility and on Hawaii, sightseeing includes an orchid nursery, and the Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation.
A major sightseeing highlight near the Kona Coast on Hawaii, is a visit to the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii, a research facility of ocean thermal energy conversion. Both warm surface and cold-deep seawater is brought together to generate electricity. One will see how “Aquaculture” has flourished as a byproduct. Nearby, sixty tons of algae are grown each week as feed for abalone at the Big Island Abalone Farm.
Other sightseeing includes Pearl Harbor; the USS Arizona Memorial; Wailua riverboat cruise; the old whaling village of Lahaina, Maui; Volcanoes National Park; Rainbow Water Falls; and a Macadamia Nut factory tour.
Included are 14 night’s hotel accommodations, roundtrip and inter-island airfare, airport transfers, to your room baggage handling, sightseeing, and the services of professional Polynesian tour guides.
Additional information can be obtained by calling YMT Vacations, located in Michigan, at 1-800-736-7300.
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