Your Travel Designers

Danielle Johnson, Owner/Travel Designer

Knowing that she possessed a deep passion for exploration, and helping friends plan fun social gatherings, exciting outings and adventures, Danielle has been traveling before she was born into the world. With parents that loved to travel, Danielle continued her travel path. Able to visit the Caribbean, Guam, Bali, Morocco and several European countries before landing in paradise. In 1997 Danielle, left California to continue the travel passion and explore other opportunities in Hawaii. Found the perfect job in 1998 in vacation rental management and travel coordination, thus the dream of a career in the travel industry was born.

Danielle started Island Paradise Vacations in 2007 on Maui assisting clients with everything from itinerary updates to trip preparation, and answering client questions to arranging special excursions and assisting travelers to share the passion of travel and the beauty of the Hawaiian islands. Danielle is delighted to say that she has been able to truly pursue her life’s passion!

Danielle enjoys surfing, card crafting and running in the Hana Relay.

Daniela Stevenson, Property Manager/Travel Designer

2013-04-10 17.21.21 A native of Italy, Daniela was born and raised in Bologna and was fortunate to travel and live in many tropical and exotic places from India to Bali. Amazing stories to tell! 20+ years later, now happily an American citizen, she has planted her roots in Maui, Hawaii. Daniela’s love of the islands believes that the next best thing to living in Hawaii is sharing it with others.

With over 5 years experience in property management and a background in real estate sales, Daniela is one of our exclusive luxury villas property manager. She takes great pride in giving travel clients the once-in-a-lifetime, magical island paradise experience they remember forever.

Daniela enjoys hiking, swimming, and long walks in Hawaiian rainforests.

Erik Heimbigner, Referral Specialist

erik_profile-picAll the way from rainy and cold Seattle WA, Erik, was looking for a place to literally warm up and dry out. He had been to Maui before as teenager and knew someday would be back…he did! Moved in 2007 and is enjoying a fantastic life in paradise. Erik has exceptional knowledge of world history, passion for travel and adventures which include climbing Mount Fuji in Japan and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, living in Saint Thomas in the Caribbean and being one of the first to visit the fallen Berlin wall. With Erik’s experience working “behind the scenes”, he has been a great asset to our travel design team by networking and referring our potential new and many of our reoccurring clients to assist them in designing their vacation experience.

Erik enjoys ocean kayaking, high-end woodworking and reading classic novels and biographies.


Have no idea where to start planning that Hawaii vacation you always dreamed of? No time to plan it? No good or reliable resources to put it all together?


Island Paradise Vacations removes the worry and stress of planning a vacation albeit a destination wedding, honeymoon, family getaway or a health focused or business retreat in Hawaii.

  •        We design
  •        We organize
  •        We handle all the details to create the ideal vacation experience of a lifetime so that you don’t have to

We are a full service travel coordination service, here to help you design the perfect vacation by:

  •      saving you time as we research your travel options: lodging, airfare, car rental, activities, dinner reservations, you name it– any aspect of your travel that you are looking for we’re here to get there.
  •      taking out all the guest work by offering hand picked quality vacation rental lodging, event venues and complete vacation packages.
  •      coordinating with suppliers; hotels, property owners and managers to ensure all details are covered and your questions answered.
  •      handling paperwork/invoicing and finalizing check-in details

And in addition to designing customized vacation packages, we also offer unique trip planning ideas during one of Hawaii’s many special events; one-of-a-kind festivals, cultural performances, stage shows, musical events and sports competitions throughout the year.


Let’s face it, you could spend your precious time wallowing in a sea of impersonal big travel sites, reading outdated guidebooks or sifting through piles of brochures selling everything.


Things start to melt together, become overwhelming, stressful and you don’t have a lot of extra time, you realize you really need help in planning your special and memorable vacation for you, your family or your business.

Don’t panic!

Let Island Paradise Vacations be your main source for a memorable Hawaii vacation experience.

We offer:

Pre-Event Program and Budget Planning

  •       Hotel and Resort Contact Negotiations
  •       Site Inspection Facilitation
  •       Venue Research & Bookings
  •       Private Dinner Coordination
  •       Travel Manifest Coordination
  •       Charter transfers to all off site events
  •       Design & Production Assistance

Exclusive Event Network

  •       Event Coordinators
  •       Chefs & Full Catering Services
  •       Staff
  •       Photographers & Videographers
  •       Florists
  •       Audio/Visual
  •       Event Rentals

Activities, Tours & Special Programs

  •       Coordinate Health and Wellness programs
  •       Golf & Spa Reservations
  •       Private Tours
  •       Cultural Tours, Entertainment and Experiences i.e lu’au dinners, private tours


We are focused and dedicated in designing memorable events and vacations for a special occasion and milestone event like a wedding, anniversary, family reunion, or a birthday celebration.


We know that these are near and dear occasions that have a lot of details, therefore a high degree of knowledge are involved in designing a well-organized and well-planned Hawaii vacation experience. Our impressive portfolio of boutique hotels, event venues, rental villas, houses and condos makes your vacation or destination event planning even easier as we make sure each aspect of your vacation has all the details necessary to make the right decision.We want to ensure that your special event is memorable, relaxing and excellent, and so should the process to get there

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