Ken Kimi

Honolulu, Hawaii Travel Agent

An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Hawaiian Islands and Cruise Specialist

Hawaii Volcanoes National park lava flow - 30 mile
Hawaii Volcanoes National park lava flow - 30 mile

Hawaii is one of the most stunning and wondrous places on earth.  But in order to really discover the true beauty of these gorgeous tropical islands, it helps to know a local -- someone like me!

I was born and raised in Hawaii, so the culture is within me.  That means that I can provide you with more than just a booking.  I can imbue your vacation itinerary with that special aloha and local insight that only a true local can add.

Plus my knowledge is not limited to one or two islands.  Growing up, my dad and his brothers built and managed hotels throughout Hawaii, so we moved from island to island about once a year.  All of this moving around has provided me with a deep wealth of information about my wondrous home, Hawaii. 

To complement my personal lifetime experiences, I have also taken all of the Hawaii Visitor Bureau training and master specialist (on-island) classes and am the NACTA Hawaii chapter director.   And I have not limited my training to just Hawaii.  I have also completed educational courses and training for:

  • Princess Cruises, Avalon River Cruises, Viking River Cruises
  • Globus and Monograms Tours
  • Disney and Universal Parks
  • Marriott, Starwood, and Outrigger Hotels

I am also an experienced agent that has been in the travel business for 18 years.  So I understand what it takes to design customized itineraries for my customers.  I will always take the time to discover exactly what you are looking for out of your vacation.

For example, are you seeking a destination with a vibrant nightlife or would you prefer a quiet, peaceful vacation?  Combined with the information you give me about your budget and the length of the trip you're seeking,  I will then create two or three quotes and itineraries for you.

I also enjoy working with complex bookings, including ones where I may have to coordinate flights from multiple cities.  Before becoming an agent, I worked as an engineer for a number of years, so I truly enjoy working on challenging itineraries that you, perhaps, might have trouble figuring out on your own.

And while I am a Hawaiian expert, I also book ocean and river cruises and travel to other destinations, including:

  • Alaska
  • Mediterranean
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Asia, including Japan and China
  • The Caribbean

So if you're in need of an agent who can put together a special vacation itinerary for you, or if you're a malihini (newcomer) who would love to have your vacation crafted by a Hawaii expert, then please contact me.  I would love to help plan your perfect getaway!

My Reviews

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

50th Wedding Anniversary Cruises

Reviewed By Phil - Honolulu | Traveled to
A friend recommended Ken as a knowledgeable and helpful agent when we were planning some European cruises for our fiftieth anniversary. We had previously cruised with NCL and like their "style", so we asked Ken if he could help us save air and land-based hotel fares by keeping us afloat. He did, and we enjoyed FIVE back-to-back cruises in the Eatern Mediterranean and the Holy Land. And, he arranged so we never changed cabins between cruises, unlike some fellow cruisers! The itineraries were varied and we had MANY shore excursions to choose from, so there was always something new and interesting for us to see and do. Ken routed us comfortably going and coming and we have made him "our" travel agent for several more trips....
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Ken Kimi truly has "A Touch above Travel"

Reviewed By gr8flsha - Hawaii | Traveled to
It is an honor and pleasure to let everyone know how impressed we are with the performance of Ken Kimi with "A Touch above travel" in the last three to four inquiries and completion of arrangements he fulfilled in our behalf. We are very satisfied with his professionalism and the optional itinerary he customizes each time we've called on him. His timeliness, friendliness and sincerity to meet our objectives are outstanding. We especially enjoy "not having to worry" as he being an experienced "world renowned traveler" is able to recommend what would be in our better interest. Ken will give extra time and even find savings available at any given time. He reminds us of areas concerning insurance options. We appreciate his production time and target date, sincerity and dedication. It is evident that he loves his job. Whenever someone is planning a trip, I brag and promote his services as my "travel agent." I tell him where I want to go and what I'd like to see and he does the rest." Ken is flexible and considerate in his planning as if I were a real member of his family. KEN KIMI truly has "A TOUCH ABOVE TRAVEL."
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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He made planning my trip easy and provided me with everything I wanted

Reviewed By Mario - Georgia | Traveled to
The trip I booked was for my honeymoon in Hawaii Oahu Honolulu. My wife and i enjoyed the trip we had all the itinerary and plans of things to do on a daily everything was scheduled perfectly I would recommend to use A touch above travel for all your travel needs I got a good pricing on everything that we wanted and more highly recommended
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Ken provides me with travel confidence

Reviewed By aMAYzing - Sydney and New Zealand | Traveled to
Ken is my go to person for all travel information. His communication is efficient and timely. He has always gone out of his way to provide a safe and easy travel experience for me and my parents. Ken Rocks!!
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Coordination Expert

Reviewed By Kimo - Hawaii | Traveled to
I had a multi location trip where I was stopping in three locations and in one, I was dropping off my son for a field trip so it required separate itineraries and a last minute change of one of the locations. Ken was able to get me flights that did not require early mornings or late evenings, saved me a boat load of money, and gave me tips for getting a great seats during my trip. Highly recommend.
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Getting to the airport on time was all I had to worry about, everything else was planned by Ken.

Reviewed By Play N Hoky - Ewa Beach, Hawaii | Traveled to
No worries, just enjoyed myself.
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Complex Travel Itineraries

Reviewed By Deby - Honolulu, HI | Traveled to
Ken has booked our family’s travels to the West Coast, East Coast, Japan and Europe over the past five years and he’s been my go-to travel guru! With his extensive travel experience, he has researched and recommended the best flights and hotels within our wish list. He’s responsive and makes himself available to ensure our trip goes as planned (even when he himself is traveling). We truly appreciate his friendship and valuable expertise!
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he can handle your trip's needs

Reviewed By james - maui hawaii | Traveled to
i use ken for booking my travel . i normally do several cities , hotels , flights, trains and hotels on my trips . he is able to coordinate them all together without any mishaps yet . i have used ken's services for many trips . i do book extreme high end trips and i go budget sometimes and ken does both equally well . my favorite quality of his is his itineraries . the hard copy with every pertinent detail on it is extremely helpful . addresses , confirmation numbers , directions of procedures of the country or business you are dealing with . i have it on my phone also but battery or reception is not a concern with the hard copy .
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Absolutely the best

Reviewed By Bob - Redwood City, CA | Traveled to
With nearly 15 different trips booked with Ken, he has made travel planning painless. We look forward to working with him when we have upcoming travel plans. Starting from the initial contact to locking down the details, he researches and gets back to us quickly often with alternatives we had not considered. This is what makes working with him special, the alternatives. He just knows his business in ways we could never approach. His personal attention makes us feel very comfortable. From notifications on air carrier changes to special deals he finds, you just cannot get this type of service by booking your own plans on the internet.
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Austrailia Cruise and land visit

Reviewed By Dave - Kailua, Hawaii | Traveled to
We knew that there would be many moving parts to our trip. Ken was able to deal with all of the details in a timely and professional manner. He made our tip worry free!! ... the only way to really enjoy a vacation.
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