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ABOUT US

After more than three decades creating luxury experiences for the world’s most discerning travelers to the world’s most luring destinations, The Coconut Traveler founder Debbie Misajon brought that experience home to Hawaii. She grew up here—surfing at sunrise, swimming with turtles, hiking forgotten trails to swim in waterfalls, and restoring her soul on the beaches that defined her.

 

She knows these islands, and she knows they aren’t Waikiki puka shells and bad luau food. She knows the islands’ transformative power, and she believes that as its visitors, it’s our responsibility — our kuleana, as the Hawaiian language defines it — to leave this place better than we found it.

 

Now, The Coconut Traveler creates those unique experiences for visitors from around the world, travelers who understand luxury and appreciate the fragile nature of the destinations they explore. Whether the Galapagos Islands or the Himalayas of Bhutan, these travelers know that special destinations require a light step, a sense of reverence, and something left behind other than footprints.

 

When it’s time, we want you to know our Hawaii. Please be in touch. Together, we will create your unique adventure and explore how you can make a meaningful difference in these special islands.

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FOUNDER

 

Debbie Misajon’s career spanned several continents at many of the world’s most luxurious properties, from AMAN to the Four Seasons. A global citizen with island roots, Filipino-German ancestry, and an international career, Debbie is now comfortable with her trusted canine companions Betty & Crocker. She's 'living abroad in Papaikou' on the Big Island of Hawai'i and taking in every trail, waterfall, and meeting with aligned partners.

 

Contact Debbie | debbie@thecoconuttraveler.com

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HEAD OF RESERVATIONS

Audrey Lounsbury hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. On the heels of graduation, in 2017, she made her move to Hawaii which has become her cherished home. Audrey completed her education at Tulane University, earning a dual degree in Digital Media Production and Communication. With a deep passion for the ocean and profound love of nature, her life revolves around the beach and the countless natural marvels that Hawaii has to offer.

Contact Audrey Lounsbury | audrey@thecoconuttraveler.com

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WELLNESS CONSULTANT

​Barry Warrington has a wealth of experience in the wellness industry as well as a manager of wellness retreats internationally. The New Zealand native graduated in 1996 with a Diploma in Exercise Physiology from Manawatu Polytechnic before embarking on his global travels as a manager of some of the best-known wellness establishments including health clubs, spas, resorts, integrative clinics, integrated oncology centers, and wellness retreats.  Over the last 25 years, Barry has worked for many prestigious brand names in the business including Chiva Som, Six Senses Resorts and Spas, Imperial Spa Thailand, as well as boutique medical lifestyle wellness brands such as Tria Integrative Wellness in Bangkok, Verita Life in Bangkok, Life Clinic in Hong Kong and AT ONE Clinic in Suzhou, General Manager WellCare at Sangha by Octave, and Director of Wellness Operations HN Group with a focus on Serensia Woods Wellness Retreat. He has vast experience that encompasses both consulting, conception, pre-opening, and management. Barry’s personal vision is to truly impress his guests with every treatment, dish, therapy, and practice, which must deliver results; The combined benefits of these offerings must bestow a transformational experience and deliver optimal health. Barry is the Director of Integrative Wellness Consultants currently developing a range of wellness solutions for clients throughout the APEC region.

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RESPONSIBLE TOURISM CONSULTANT

 

Rachel Marie is particularly passionate about the concept of “shared value.”  That is, creating mutually beneficial relationships between businesses, workers, the environment, and the community. Rachel loves spending time in the mountains and on the ocean beaches of her native Pacific Northwest. Currently, she's pursuing her own passion offering consulting to The Coconut Traveler and companies worldwide.

Contact Rachel Marie | rachel@optimizedoffice.com

For Public Relations inquiries, contact Greta Vanhersecke at GV Public Relations | T 917-751-5037 | E greta@gvpublicrelations.com

The Coconut Traveler is the Preferred Partner on-site in Hawaii for several other luxury-focused travel agencies. We enjoy company collaborations with the following organizations through corporate sponsorship or membership. If you would like to learn more about our organization and goals, please call our founder, Debbie Misajon on +1-808-388-0696.

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The Transformational Travel Council is aimed at changing the way we travel, but also how we live and behave with each other and the planet by providing a uniquely rich and accessible base of knowledge and wisdom for travelers and tourism. Choose depth over distance.

Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawaii

We are delighted to support the Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawaii initiatives through our corporate membership. STAH offers a certification program, Pono Traveler Program, and Education and Outreach Program, “Travel Pono,” encouraging positive impact.  The Coconut Traveler encourages you to join this forward thinking organization and support sustainable tourism in the Hawaiian Islands.

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The Coconut Traveler has selected to display What3Words for location maps vs the traditional address.  Like many destinations in the world, Hawaii addresses can be difficult to find, signs go missing, vines cover numbers, plus we use a lot of vowels. To solve this, we’ve taken to the innovative, three-word address system of What3Words which pinpoints the precise location of your villa, guide meeting spot, trailhead starting point, and much more.  


What3Words divided the world into trillions of 3 x 3 meter squares and assigned each one a unique three-word address. It’s far more accurate than the number and street name system. And it means everyone and everywhere now has an address. Click the link on the villa page to see the exact location of the property. It even works with Google Maps and Waze.

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THE FINE PRINT

Rates are quoted on a nightly basis. Properties with a valid Transient Vacation Unit (TVU) license may be rented on a nightly basis. Properties that do not hold a TVU license for a short-term rental will be made exclusively available to one party during a consecutive 30-day period. Rent quoted and reservation agreement will reflect the 30-day period; however, occupancy for the entire duration is not required.

Rates do not include Hawaii Transient Accommodations Tax (13.25%), General Excise Tax (4.712%), arrival cleaning fee, or refundable security fee. The refundable security fee will be held in the non-interest-bearing, client trust account of The Coconut Traveler or that of the real estate property management company. In lieu of a refundable security fee, you may be offered a non-refundable, insurance policy payment. Should you choose to pay your invoices with a credit card, the Stripe processing fee is non-refundable.

We charge a Responsible Tourism fee, added to all itineraries and vacation rentals. Using the globally accepted carbon output average per person per year of 29 mT, the number of travelers, number of days in the Hawaiian Islands, and airport origination, we collect and disperse 100% of this fee to local organizations that align with our commitment to having a positive impact on our environment and community. Should you like to make an additional donation, we would be delighted to guide you to a number of great organizations.

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