About

Integrated marketing firm specializing in destination management

a.link is a high-performing integrated consulting firm with extensive experience building connections between Hawaii and Japan. Founded by passionate individuals with a deep understanding of local culture paired with strong relationships in Asia, a.link successfully positioned Hawaii as a leading destination for Japanese travelers, achieving the coveted spot as Hawaii’s top international market.

Key to its success is a.link’s investment in relationships with travel trade partners, government officials, businesses and other stakeholders in Japan and Hawaii that allow its team to create visitor experiences that deepen engagement with Hawaii’s people, land and community.

By leveraging its dynamic leadership and visionary role in destination management, a.link is dedicated to elevating the Hawaii brand while contributing to the economic and social well-being of our state.

Our Capabilities

As Hawaii’s travel and tourism industry continues to redefine itself, a.link capitalizes on the collective strength of travel industry partners to launch innovative solutions and ground-breaking programs that cultivate high-value, responsible travelers to Hawaii. Through its renewed focus on stewardship, a.link is able to maximize travel and tourism opportunities that benefit visitors and residents through its services offered.

Hawaii brand positioning and core messaging

Elevating Hawaii’s brand by enlightening visitors on the aloha spirit through experiences and education

Data mining and conversion

Using powerful technology to extract insights that frame decisions and actions for business conversion

Digital marketing

Strategic planning and creation capabilities that leverage a unique understanding of changing media platforms across Japan

Partnership development

Leveraging existing relationships and establishing new ones to create mutually beneficial partnership opportunities

Cultural events

Building community engagement to enhance residents’ and visitors’ experiences

Market segmentation

Targeting defined audiences to attract and convert high-value travelers

Market and content strategy

Amplifying content on Hawaii’s natural resources and authentic Hawaiian culture to drive engagement

Educational programs

Inspiring a deeper appreciation of Hawaii’s natural beauty, historical significance, cultural depth and local community

Our Philosophy

We believe in harnessing the power of global tourism to make a positive impact through travel

Core Values

We are passionate about the future of Hawaii and the need for sustainable tourism in our community.

Our actionable framework is guided by HTA’s strategic plan, representing the essential investment for Hawaii’s visitor industry future and long-term success.

Our Approach

  • Innovative and strategic thinking
  • Leveraging our expansive industry network and strong government relationships
  • Promoting stakeholder collaboration
  • Linking visitors with our culture and community
  • Cultivating high-value “pono” travelers
  • Aligning our efforts with HTA’s strategic plan

Our Home

We strive to ensure that our Hawaiian islands remain a uniquely special place to live, work, play and visit.

Our Home

We strive to ensure that our Hawaiian islands remain a uniquely special place to live, work, play and visit.

Our Team

Eric Takahata

President

Born and raised in Hawaii, Eric brings over 30 years of experience in Hawaii-Japan tourism and marketing, and 15 years of strategic consulting for corporate businesses in Japan and the U.S. His expansive network in the travel industry and extensive relationships in Hawaii and Japan drive the development of ground-breaking programs and cooperative partnerships that offer unprecedented reach to audiences never marketed to before.

Mitsue Varley

Senior Vice President

With over 30 years of experience in destination and brand marketing, Mitsue works closely with major industry stakeholders in Hawaii and Japan, specializing in multi-level marketing strategies that are crucial to the success of mature destinations. She previously led international markets for the Oahu Visitors Bureau and Hawaii Convention Center, promoting Hawaii as a premier travel destination through consumer and trade marketing, advertising, events and promotions.

Ryuta “Luke” Teramoto

Senior Vice President

Born and raised in Japan, Luke has over 25 years of experience in MCI sales and possesses an expansive celebrity network throughout Asia. Luke further enhances a.link’s in-market ability to reach key MICE industries including associations, corporations, entertainment and sports, promoting Hawaii as a premier MCI destination throughout Japan.

Hawaii

1600 Kapiolani Blvd
Suite 723
Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
+1 (808) 942-4200

Japan

29-2 Ichiban-cho
Ichiban-cho Shinko Bldg.
1F Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0082 Japan
+81 (03) 6261-3420