Bonus pay, kayaking among new Maui offers


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.

Sullivan Properties is offering agents 15% commission on bookings at several west Maui condominium resorts, including the Kahana Sunset, above. The properties, located on the west side of Maui, require a four-night minimum stay in order for agents to earn the commission.

The resorts are the Alaeloa, Kahana Sunset, Mahana Resort, Mahina Surf, Papakea Resort, Sands of Kahana and the Villas at Kapalua.

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 Resort.

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

• 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

• 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.

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