Postcards from Paradise

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The majestic peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, rising like dazzling emeralds out of an expanse of bright-blue ocean, were a welcome sight for FFS leaders flying into Kona International Airport ready to enjoy a week in paradise on Hawaii’s Big Island.

For 12 couples, the trip to paradise began two days earlier on June 5. Qualifiers of the Dream Destination Conference’s Elite trip were greeted with a lei and a warm welcome from FFS’ executive team at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in historic Ka’upulehu.

The weather was perfect for exploring the resort’s pristine beaches and elegantly appointed grounds. Elite winners enjoyed a variety of watersports, including excellent snorkeling and swimming with the many Pacific green sea turtles that call the waters off the Big Island home.

Their first night in paradise featured a Welcome reception that felt more like a family reunion than a business event. Many of the guests, wearing matching Aloha shirts presented by provider partner ANICO, laughed, talked, and enjoyed one another’s company, as they dined poolside. They were treated to a buffet of classic island cuisine, while being serenaded by a traditional Hawaiian singer.

After two days at the Four Seasons, Elite qualifiers moved to the beautiful Fairmont Orchid, a luxury oceanfront resort situated on the beautiful Kohala coast on June 7. A total of 91 couples, including the Elite winners, qualified for the main portion of the Dream Destination Conference 2015 trip to the Big Island.

In addition to five days in paradise, each couple received $300 cash for spending money and Maui Jim sunglasses (2 pair per couple). Provider partner National Life Group presented each couple with an elegant beach bag, featuring stainless steel luggage tags.

In addition to three business meetings, the schedule included plenty of time for the winners to explore the island at their leisure. The group took advantage of the many activities offered as diverse as the Big Island itself, including, sightseeing by helicopter, horseback riding, hiking, visiting Volcano National Park to check on the active Kilauea volcano, deep-sea fishing, and world-class shopping.

One of the highlights of the trip was an exclusive FFS rodeo and Hawaiian Hoe-down at the famous Parker Ranch in Waimea. It’s the largest ranch in Hawaii and home to the paniolo, the Hawaiian cowboy. Each guest was presented with a straw cowboy hat and either a red or blue bandana, representing the two groups of competing paniolos. They filled the stands, and cheered for their cowboys. Following the rodeo, FFS’ leaders were treated to dinner and line dancing to Hawaiian country music.

The event concluded with a Farewell reception that featured a spectacular two-hour Fire & Ice show, courtesy of ANICO. On June 12, FFS leaders departed for their homes across the United States, they did so knowing that while all good things must come to an end, they were rested, rejuvenated and ready to begin the next phase of their successful FFS businesses.