LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Hotels, tour operators and attractions here are
unveiling a bumper crop of offers and incentives for the new year.
The following is a rundown of just a few of the enticements
available in the market:
• Sullivan Properties is paying agents 15% commission on
bookings at seven condominium resorts through April 30.
The properties, located on the west side of Maui, require a
four-night minimum stay in order for agents to earn the
The resorts are the Alaeloa, Kahana Sunset, Mahana Resort,
Mahina Surf, Papakea Resort, Sands of Kahana and the Villas at
Rates range from $85 per night for the lowest-priced unit at the
Papakea Resort to $450 for a two-bedroom villa at the Kapalua
In addition to the nightly rates, Sullivan Properties charges
clients condominium association fees at some properties and
cleaning fees for stays of less than seven nights.
Sullivan Properties also can arrange rental car reservations;
whale-watching trips; golf tee times; submarine rides; luaus;
excursions to Molokini and Lanai, and parasailing.
For reservations, call (888) 669-0324.
• Trilogy Excursions started a new sea-kayaking excursion on
Lanai for guests staying on either Maui or Lanai.
The day trip costs $169 per person for Maui clients and pays 10%
commission to agents. From Lanai, the price is $125.
The trip includes boat transportation from Maui to Lanai, a
continental breakfast, a barbecue lunch, snorkeling, kayaking and
whale-watching opportunities in the spring.
From Maui, the trip leaves from Lahaina at 6:30 a.m. and returns
at 4 p.m. Guests staying on Lanai can meet the group at Manele
Harbor at 8 a.m. and return around 2 p.m.
For more information, call (808) 661-4743 or visit www.sailtrilogy.com.
• SunTrips is offering seven-night packages with air, car and
accommodations to Maui from San Francisco this month with prices
ranging from $619 per person at the Ohana Maui Islander to $1,669
at the Fairmont Kea Lani.
Thirty other Maui properties are available through SunTrips.
The $619 price at the Ohana Maui Islander is valid for
departures on Feb. 23, 25 and 28, with other dates in February
slightly higher. The Kea Lani rate is valid for Feb. 11, 21, 22,
23, 25 and 28.
Availability at both properties is subject to change.
For more information, call (800) 786-8747 or visit www.suntrips.com.
• The Maui Ocean Center at Maalaea and the Hawaii Undersea
Research Laboratory have created "Deep Hawaii," an exhibit delving
into what lurks underwater. It opens later this month.
The exhibit features footage of Hawaii's newest island-to-be,
Loihi, which is spewing lava onto the sea floor a half-mile beneath
the ocean's surface near the Big Island.
It also has information on creatures that survive in total
darkness and under extremely high pressures, as well as the
research submarine used to film the neophyte island.
• The Shops at Wailea is offering free entertainment Wednesdays,
Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
On Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., there is the Festival
of the Arts, with live music and artists.
Guitarist Neto Paraz plays at the Honolulu Coffee Co. on
Thursdays and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Saturdays, there is Hawaiian music and hula dancing from 5
p.m. to 7 p.m.