“Royal Aloha Comes Alive! For the Timeshare of Your Life!” That was the headline proudly proclaimed in the first issue of Diamond Headlines, Royal Aloha’s very original newsletter. Thirty-five years and 300,000 member vacations later, Royal Aloha continues to be a trusted partner for our members’ vacation lives, helping to build and create lasting family vacation memories every single day!
Launched on September 23, 1977, Royal Aloha was one of the pioneers in the US timeshare industry, and probably the only one that is still standing today as an independent, international member-owned company. Back in September 1977, the Club’s first units were in Aloha Towers, Waikiki, but plans were already underway to add units in Kona, Maui and Acapulco. In early 1980, RAVC branched out to Mainland United States with units in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada; and in Fall 1980, Royal Aloha expanded internationally with units in Marbella, Spain. (I bet you didn’t know that Royal Aloha was the first US vacation Club to have a European destination!) In 1982, we exchanged some of our units in Acapulco for a new location in Chandler, Arizona. In consideration of RAVC members living on the East side of the Mississippi, we added a new location in Branson, Missouri in 2001. Our latest addition was units in the Pacific Northwest at Otter Rock, Oregon in 2007. Through internal exchange arrangements with other resorts, members today also have opportunities to vacation in Kauai, Hawaii; Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Royal Aloha Vacation Club members have always come from all walks of life. That very first RAVC newsletter, Diamond Headlines, revealed some interesting statistics of our initial member profile: The youngest was 20 years old and the oldest was 72 (should be 107 now!) There were 6 airline pilots, 3 professional athletes, 16 flight attendants, 20 workers from the Alaskan Pipeline, and one gourmet chef. There were also a few doctors, lawyers, farmers, insurance agents and teachers - a membership as diverse then as it is today. From an early membership of about 200 thirty-five years ago, Royal Aloha now has a big family of about 8,500 members, coming from every single state of the United States and over 20 foreign countries.
A 35th anniversary is indeed an important milestone. We should all celebrate and be proud. Of course, there were some trials and tribulations along the way, and we couldn’t have overcome them without YOU, our loyal and valued members! We would also like to thank all the RAVC staff for their dedication and hard work.
We look forward to continuing the privilege of playing an important role in the timeshare of your life, as proclaimed 35 years ago!
(Mr. Stephen Lin is the Executive Vice President and Controller of Royal Aloha Vacation Club and has just celebrated his 31st anniversary with Royal Aloha.)
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G. A. “Red” Morris, Chairman of the Royal Aloha Vacation Club,
announces that Jack Corteway will be retiring
at next year’s Annual Meeting of Members (May 2013)
as President and Chief Executive Officer of RAVC.
Corteway has successfully led the 35-year-old,
Hawaii-based timeshare company for 22 years
and is looking forward to spending more time with his family.
If you have attended our complimentary Tuesday morning briefings at Royal Aloha Vacation Club in Waikiki, you probably remember those delicious coffee cakes that are served with fresh fruit, coffee and passion orange guava juice. Well those tasty pecan, cream cheese and almond coffee cakes come from a little hole-in-the-wall bakery called Leonard’s Bakery. Located on Kapahulu Avenue, Leonard’s is only about one mile from your vacation club.
Leonard’s is celebrating its 60th anniversary this summer and has been featured on the Travel Channel and the Food Network’s “Follow That Doughnut.” My favorite Leonard’s treats are their Portuguese malasadas – they’re a heavenly indulgence for a mere 90 cents! Some of the most popular flavors are cinnamon, Li Hing, custard, chocolate dobash, coconut haupia – even the plain old sugar is really ‘ono.
See you soon in Waikiki…
TODAY ONLY……THESE DELECTABLE BALLS OF DOUGH ARE JUST 60 CENTS! NOW THAT’S A SUGARY DEAL!
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If you want to be “connected” while enjoying your vacation at Royal Aloha Waikiki, RAVC now has two ways for you to access the internet.
There is free Wi-Fi on the 3rd floor Recreation Deck of the Diamond Head Tower from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. When you check in with Phylis Culver, you may ask for the sign-on and password.
For a fee you can access Wi-Fi from your unit. This service is provided by Skywave, and their most popular plans are:
•1 day for $8.95
•1 week for $24.95
Look for information in your in-room booklet or ask at the office. Whichever way you choose, enjoy your stay in beautiful Waikiki!