Last week I received a rather cryptic note on my Facebook page asking me to contact the sender about a new program she was developing. Little did I realize that this innocent note would lead to my involvement in an exciting and extremely innovative new travel campaign.
In a demonstration of both the aloha spirit and a refreshing grasp of the importance of technology and social media, the Lanaʻi Visitor’s Bureau has launched the New Media Artist-in-Residence Program.
This program will include up to 7 travel bloggers and podcasters who will each visit Lanaʻi at different times over a six-month period and tell their own personal stories about this unique island. When we are not traveling or telling our own stories, we will be supporting each other and highlighting the articles, videos and podcasts of our fellow new media artists.
The goal of the initiative is simple: to get beneath the skin of Lanaʻi and to share the hidden secrets and adventures on this beautiful and unspoiled island.
I was fortunate enough to visit Lanaʻi just a few months ago, on the recommendation of some friends. Although our time on the island was short, its impact was enormous. Almost instantly we fell in love with Lanaʻi, its people, its culture and of course the natural splendors found there. I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to return and to delve even deeper into the stories on Lanaʻi.
This trip is sponsored by the Lanaʻi Visitors Bureau but, as with other sponsored trips, my thoughts and opinions will most certainly be my own. By this time, you all should know that I have no problem speaking my mind when things go well and when they do not. (Lentil torture anyone?)
Even though I won’t be returning to Lanaʻi until February or March, I will be actively supporting fellow participants during their adventures. Hopefully this will keep the unique aloha spirit found only on Lanaʻi a constant theme in the travel blogosphere.
Joining me in the New Media Artist-in-Residence Program are:
As you can see, it’s an exciting group and I am certain that our different travel perspectives will bring to light many unique corners of Lanaʻi.
I hope you will enjoy the virtual trip to Lanaʻi that you all will be taking with me and I promise that by the end of the adventure you will be just as captivated by the island of Lanaʻi as I am.
In addition to following all of the New Media Artists, please be sure to check out the Lanaʻi Web Site and follow them on Twitter! The hastag to look out for is #VisitLanai.