Hawaii Happenings: Packages for holidays and beyond

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any Big Island properties are offering deals for the holidays and beyond. Here's a selection:

Outrigger has several condominium properties offering special savings. For example, Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona has a one-bedroom unit starting at $154 per night through Dec. 31. Phone: (800) 688-7444; Web: www.outrigger.com.

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The Waikoloa Beach Marriott on the Kohala Coast is offering one free whale-watching cruise per room with every stay of five nights or more.

A marine naturalist narrates the cruises. The best month to see whales is March; the Celebration of Whales offer continues through April 15. Phone: (888) 924-5656.

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The Fairmont Orchid, also on the Kohala Coast, is offering nightly rates starting at $199 through mid-December while the property makes improvements. Phone: (800) 845-9905; Web: www.fairmont.com.

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Guests who pay for four nights at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai get the fifth night free Dec. 1 to 15. Rates start at $520 for a golf oceanview room. Phone: (888) 340-5662; Web: www.fourseasons.com.

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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows provides a choice of unlimited golf, a massage or dinner for two each night of a three-night stay through Dec. 19.

Rates start at $445 per night for a mountainview room. Phone: (800) 367-2323; Web: www.maunalani.com.

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Budget-conscious travelers can try a B & B near Volcanoes National Park. Volcano Country Cottages rooms start at $85.50 per night. Phone: (808) 967-7960; Web: www.volcanocottages.com.

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Hale Ohia Cottages are another option in the area, with prices starting at $95. Phone: (800) 455-3803; Web: www.haleohia.com.

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Deals at the Kona Reef Resort include a one-bedroom suite with a fully equipped kitchen and in-room washer/dryer for $129 per night. Phone: (800) 367-5004; Web: www.castleresorts.com.

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Finally, a good deal for agents: Castle Resorts & Hotels is offering retailers $50 for every new five-night booking at participating properties between now and Dec. 22.

Properties include Waikiki Shore and Waikiki Terrace on Oahu; Kamaole Sands on Maui; Kiahuna Plantation & the Beach Bungalows, the Makahuena at Poipu and the Lanikai Resort, all on Kauai; and Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and Kona Reef on the Big Island. Phone: (800) 367-5004; Web: www.castleresorts.com.

To contact reporter Katherine Nichols, send e-mail to [email protected].

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