Traveleads Walk Around the World challenge. This week we have reached…

by Traveleads | January 23, 2019 | CSR

Today we are celebrating the incredible news that our team of charity walkers – who set off on foot from the UK back in April – have covered (as of this morning) a staggering 17,291 miles! Some big numbers were needed to take them from the little known Kiribati Islands, all the way up to the much larger Hawaiian Islands, a journey straddling over 1,345miles of ocean.

We’re thrilled to be saying ‘Aloha’ from Honolulu, possibly the best known city in Hawaii … and what better place to end another busy week!

Hawaii became the 50th American state in August 1959. It’s the only US state comprised entirely of Islands, sitting approximately 2,000 miles from the mainland. The state encompasses nearly all of the volcanic Hawaiian archipelago, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles.

The best known islands are Oahu, Maui and Kona. Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu and is the capital city of the islands, it’s also the most remote city of its size in the world.

Honolulu means ‘sheltered harbour’ or ‘calm port’  – it was this harbour, or more specifically Pearl Harbour, that brought Honolulu to the attention of the worlds media following the Japanese attack of 1941.

In 2015 Honolulu was ranked the 2nd safest city in the U.S. and today it remains a magnet for holiday-makers, honeymooners and business investors alike. Tourism alone adds $10 billion to the local economy every year.

Waikiki is the main tourist district in Honolulu, located between the Ala Wai Canal and the Pacific Ocean next to Diamond Head. Diamond head is a volcanic tuff cone that takes its name from the calcite crystals found on the beach by British sailors in the 19th Century. Mistaking the calcite for diamonds, their euphoria was short lived, the name however endured. Diamond Head is now one of the most well-known areas on the island and featured as the backdrop for many popular TV shows, including ‘Magnum P.I’ and ‘Hawaii-five-O’ not to mention the Jerry Bruckheimer Oscar winning movie ‘Pearl Harbour’ starring Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett.

Hawaii’s diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists. The Hawaiian islands were formed by volcanic activity initiated at an undersea magma source called the Hawaii hotspot. The tectonic plate beneath much of the Pacific Ocean continually moves northwest and the hot spot remains stationary, slowly creating new volcanoes. The island of Kona includes the ‘Volcanoes National Park’ and offers visitors the chance to witness ongoing eruptions and regular lava flows, that trickle steadily into the sea, continually increasing the islands land mass.

Because the islands of Hawaii are so distant from other land habitats, life is thought to have arrived here by wind, waves and wings. It’s believed that pollen, spores, insects and seeds, were carried by air and ocean currents, and by birds arriving with seeds and insects in their feathers. This isolation, in combination with the diverse environment, produced an array of endemic flora and fauna. Hawaii has more endangered species (and has lost a higher percentage of its endemic species) than any other U.S. state.

Although the islands were once considered remote, this is no longer the case – many major international carriers fly direct to Honolulu (HNL). Whilst it isn’t possible to fly direct from the UK (due to distance) various carriers offer the option of a single transit stop, and even free stop-overs to break up the journey. Spend a few nights in Los Angeles, or San Francisco if the thought of such a long flight is unappealing. You can also fly direct from California to Kona. Lots of regular inter-island flights operate between the main airports and the smaller islands, so you can combine a whole host of destinations and experiences to your trip if you wish.

As we say goodbye and ‘Mahalo’ to our team for now, we have set them the challenge of making the US mainland by next week. That’s going to mean REALLY stepping up! …Another 2,000 miles will see them reaching the shores of American – from there, who knows which direction they will choose to take?

Please will you support them and become part of their journey? You can keep their spirits high by making a small donation to either of the two incredible charities they are walking for – you really will be helping to save lives.

Simply text TRAV56 then £2.00 to 70070 to donate to their Air Ambulance Charity or TRAV62 then £2.00 to 70070to donate to the Children’s Charity ‘Children 1st

£2.00 is our suggested donation, but please feel free to donate whatever you can.

Charity details, along with the option to donate via our Just Giving page can be found here: www.justgiving.com/teams/traveleadscharity

Thank you on behalf of all the people you will help to save…See you next week.

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