Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: June 27, 2005

UNITED VACATIONS is offering 25% savings on airfares for children under 12 to on Hawaii bookings made prior to July 15 for travel through Aug. 28. Flights to Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island are all valid. Five-night room-inclusive packages begin at $799 for adults and $415 for children from Los Angeles or San Francisco, and range to $1,179 for adults and $795 for children from Washington. Go to www.vaxvacationaccess.com or call (800) 328-6877 and use vendor code UAV.

THE COURTYARD MARRIOTT KAUAI at Waipouli Beach, which recently opened, is offering travel agents promotional room rates of $69 per night. The 311-room oceanfront hotel is the third Courtyard resort in the world, following the Courtyard Surfers Paradise in Australia and the Courtyard Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The offer for agents is per room, per night, exclusive of taxes. A proper IATA number must be shown with matching identification upon check-in. For more information, call (808) 822-3455.

PRINCE RESORTS HAWAII is offering 50% off select room rates at all Hawaii hotels during Sept. and Nov. 2005 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the 15th anniversary of the Prince Hotel Waikiki. On the Big Island, guests of the Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet for two and a suite, starting at $625 per night. Suites at the Maui Prince Hotel and Makena Resort start at $350, while the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club are offering them at $288. For more information, call (808) 956-1111.

THE MAUNA LANI Resort on July 4 is marching endangered Hawaiian green turtles to the sea, where the young honu will be blessed and bid farewell by hula dancers and hotel guests. The Turtle Independence Day will raise awareness of the species, while providing families an educational and beautiful backdrop in which to enjoy barbecued food, hula dances and ukulele performances. Call (808) 885-6622.

THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER invites the public to watch coral spawn during the 5th Annual Sex and the Sea Week, July 4 to 10. Naturalists will lecture while people can watch coral polyps release sperm and eggs into the water. Special viewing stations will be set up around the park, with different types of coral expected to spawn at different times throughout the week. Admission to the Ocean Center is $20 per adult, $15 for children 3 to 12. Call (808) 270-7084 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.  

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