Alaska, warming up to Islands, adds nonstops

Alaska Airlines is upping service to Hawaii. The carrier launched daily, year-round flights from Seattle to Kahului, on Maui, in July and will begin scheduled, year-round service from Seattle to Kona, on the Big Island, on Nov. 17.

Meanwhile, thrice-weekly, seasonal service between Anchorage and Maui will run from Oct. 31 through April 25.

Alaska's Kahului flight is operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. Go to www.alaskaair.com.

Go charges for bags

Hawaii interisland airline Go will charge passengers $10 for the first checked bag starting Aug. 10. In tandem, Go reduced the second-checked-bag fee it debuted in June from $25 to $17, matching Hawaiian Airlines on interisland routes.

Corporate customers and passengers flying on government fares, or on the same reservation as an exempt customer (except for group bookings of eight or more), do not have to pay the fee. Exempt items are child car seats, carriers and strollers and wheelchairs, walkers and other assistive devices. For more, see www.iflygo.com.

Millions for Maalaea

Maalaea Harbor on Maui will undergo a multimillion-dollar makeover. The harbor, home to several diving, snorkeling and whale-watching operators, will have decades-old piers and roadways rebuilt, a new ferry terminal building, sewage pump-out stations, electrical upgrades, renovated loading docks and upgraded drainage.

Hawaii's share of the bill is $10.9 million; the Federal Transit Administration will provide another $18.6 million. Construction is due to be completed in 2011.

Maalaea and Lahaina harbors are the only marinas on Maui where private boat owners can tie up to slips.

Outrigger on sale

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is putting Honolulu on sale. The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach offers a three-night Hawaiian Memories Package for two, with daily breakfast plus a choice of catamaran ride, half-hour beach photo session (with photo CD and a 5-by-7-inch print) or canoe surf ride with photo CD. Prices begin at $855.  

The Waikiki on the Beach, along with the Outrigger Reef on the Beach, throws in a free night with Stay 4 Pay 3 packages for partial oceanview room or above. The Reef's new dining package offers guests a $100 dining credit, parking and more. A minimum four-night stay is required; rates start at $215 per night. All three deals are valid through Dec. 21.

See www.outrigger.com for more offers.

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