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Radio Guest List–Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii–October 22, 2011

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America’s fiftieth and last state–Hawaii–remains a coveted travel destination in the U.S. and abroad. Hawaii’s Seventh Governor’s Neil Abercrombie joins Peter on air this weekend to discuss the latest in travel and tourism in the exotic island state.

On Saturday, October 22, Peter talks with travel experts and local guests as he broadcasts his radio show from the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui, Hawaii. Aloha!

Talk to Peter! Call in with your travel questions and more at 1-888-88-PETER (1-888-887-3837) or email (Write “ASK PETER” in the subject line.)

Featured guests include:

Terry Maxon, aviation writer for The Dallas Morning News, shows how the disagreement between commercial pilots and major airlines influences air travel.

Hugo Martin, business reporter for The Los Angeles Times, explains how changes in the airline and the hotel industries have affected travelers in recent years.

Eric Faivre, executive chef at Grand Wailea Hotel Resort and Spa, discusses the relationship between Hawaii’s high quality produce and the local food scene.

Jim Heid, landscaping and botanical expert credited with cultivating the protea flower in Hawaii, will talk about the flora in Hawaii, and how visitors can best experience the hotel’s gardens.

Cecelia Hercik, director of spa sales and operation at Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea, describes the uniquely therapeutic benefits of spa treatments and health trends in Hawaii.

Jennifer Wilson, author of Running Away to Home: One Family’s Sabbatical to Croatia in Search of Who They Are, Where They Come From, and What Really Matters, shares her experience with uprooting her family and moving them to the provincial town of her ancestors.

Michael Gilbert, a local artist and art curator at the Grand Wailea, explains the NaPua Gallery’s art collection and the local, national and international artists on display.

Neil Abercrombie, the seventh governor of Hawaii, gives insight into the state of Hawaii, its growth and its goals, and he shares some of his favorite things to do in the area.

Jim Coon, co-founder, owner and operator of Trilogy, an island boating excursion company, speaks about the joy of working within the Hawaiian culture.

Beverly Gannon, owner of Bev Gannon Restaurants and one of Hawaii’s most celebrated chefs, joins Peter to talk about her restaurants, her recipes, and her take on Hawaiian comfort food.

Text By Corinne DeWitte for 

Feature Image credit the Grand Wailea