HONOLULU -- The Kahala Mandarin Oriental here will resume its
dolphin-human interaction program sometime in March after naming a
new company to take over the program.
The hotel temporarily discontinued the program on Dec. 15.
Bermuda-based Dolphin Quest, a company that specializes in
dolphin-interaction programs at resorts, took over the program from
Sea Life Park on Oahu.
Karen Lattanzi, Kahala Mandarin Oriental recreation manager,
said Dolphin Quest was chosen to run the program after Sea Life
Park's contract came up for review.
"With Dolphin Quest, this is all they do -- run programs at
resorts -- as opposed to Sea Life Park, which runs a marine park
and has more diverse programs," said Lattanzi.
The two companies will, however, continue to cooperate in the
hotel's program. Kahala Mandarin is exchanging dolphins with Sea
Life Park so the hotel can start a breeding program. The hotel
formerly had three male dolphins. Now it has two males and two
The dolphins have already paired off into couples, said
Lattanzi. "The breeding program is really a great way to educate
visitors," said Lattanzi.
She said guests will learn about the course of the dolphins'
expected pregnancies and their deliveries.
Dolphin Quest will offer Dolphin Discovery, a program for
children age 5 to 12 priced at $75, and Dolphin Encounter for
adults, priced at $95.
A Dolphin Quest spokeswoman said the two programs are standard,
and more programs could be developed at the hotel in the
Dolphin Quest at the Kahala Mandarin
Phone: (808) 737-2292
Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii
Phone: (800) 367-2525