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Hawaii seeks returnees, 'malihini'

Sunset on Molokai, an appealing island that many visitors to Hawaii have yet to discover. Sunset on Molokai, an appealing island that many visitors to Hawaii have yet to discover. (RON DAHLQUIST/HTA)
Email|Print|Single Page| Text size + By Richard P. Carpenter
Globe Correspondent / March 30, 2008

If you have been to Hawaii, you know that the warmth of our 50th state registers well beyond the thermometer. If you have never been, chances are good you will find the flight well worth it, whether you are looking for a lot of activity or none at all. Here are some offers:

A good place to begin, especially if you are a "malihini" (newcomer), is, billed as the islands' official website. There are tips for taking your first trip as well as information on getting off the beaten path. There are also listings of accommodations to fit your budget and lifestyle, and a link for a free visitors' guide. The site covers all the bigger islands.

Pleasant Holidays has a two-for-one airfare promotion for travel through June 5 on some United Airlines flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to the principal island of Oahu or to Maui. Prices, including three nights' accommodations, start at $299 to Oahu and $349 to Maui. The company is also offering a complimentary activity for two on Oahu or Maui and a free rental car on Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii.

Visit or call 800-742-9244.

Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island is so child-friendly that it has a camp where youngsters can learn the hula and ukulele playing, and a nine-hole keiki (children's) golf course. The upscale resort's family package starts at $315 per room per night, with a two-room, three-night minimum. The rate is good through Dec. 23.

Visit or call 800-367-2323.

Through Dec. 21, travelers who book a stay at Ohana Hotels & Resorts can get a $15 shopping credit for each night of stay at any of the company's five Waikiki properties. The Shop Around package provides credit redeemable at 13 stores and dining spots. Rooms start at $119 for double occupancy. Children 17 and younger stay free with parents.

Visit or call 800-462-6262.

Repeat visitors in search of a new experience might consider visiting Molokai, with its barrier reefs, horseback trails, and peaceful aura. The island is accessible by plane or, from Maui, by ferry.

Go to for details on activities and accommodations. There is also a link to Maui and Lanai information.

Liberty Travel has an add-on offer. Book a three-night stay on Waikiki, beginning at $9,065, including airfare from Boston, and add a four-night stay on the Big Island, Kauai, or Maui for $465-$615 more.

Visit or call 888-271-1584.

The Four Seasons Resort Maui boasts that its art collection is museum quality. Visitors can judge for themselves, either by docent-led or self-guided iPod art tours, open to both resort guests and the public. Resort guests can see the concierge to borrow an iPod filled with information about the collection. Others can download the tour at Hotel rates begin at $495.


Hawaii is a popular spot for destination weddings, which is why the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club recently added a wedding venue. The Wailele O Ke Aloha (Waterfall of Love) Wedding Package starts at $6,500 and includes specialty leis for the happy couple, a Hawaiian bridal processional including an authentic chanter, and the services of an event coordinator.

Visit and put Kauai in the search box or call 800-220-2925.

Caribbean for $149

The year-old Westin St. Maarten is offering a $149 rate for resort-view rooms May 1-Oct. 19. There is, however, a 20 percent tax and $10 a day resort fee.

Visit or call 599-543-6700.

No foolin'!

You can ski and snowboard free on Tuesday, April Fools' Day, at Vermont's Okemo Mountain Resort by donating at least three nonperishable food items to Okemo's food drive.

Staff members will be at both the Clock Tower and Jackson Gore base areas, where they will collect the food in exchange for a complimentary ticket voucher to be presented at the ticket window. All collected items will be distributed to local food pantries.

Visit or call 802-228-1600.

When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Richard P. Carpenter can be reached at

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