Marriott's Eco Adventure deal encourages island exploration

The Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club is wooing green travelers with a new Kauai Eco Adventure package incorporating a choice of outdoor experiences on the Island of Discovery.

Valid through Oct. 2, the deal includes accommodations in a poolview, partial-oceanview or oceanview room or in an oceanfront, one-bedroom suite.

It also comes with daily breakfast for two and a choice of two activities for two: a Na Pali Coast Snorkel Adventure, Zipline Adventure Tour, Waterfall Picnic Horseback Ride, ATV Ranch and Mountain Tour or Mountain Tubing Adventure.

Rates range from $455 to $555 per night, before taxes; a four-night minimum stay is required. To book, call (800) 228-9290 or visit www.marriott.com, using code ZJL.

Jet-set pacesetter

In an age of airlift cuts, Kauai got the good news that Mokulele Airlines is expanding interisland jet service from Lihue Airport. As part of a deal with Republic Airways' Shuttle America Corp. to start Nov. 19, Mokulele will offer nine roundtrip flights to Honolulu and three to Kona on the Big Island (with one stop) per day.

Service will be aboard two-class Embraer 170 jets outfitted with six first-class and 64 coach seats. The aircraft feature 6-foot, 7-inch-high ceilings, wide seats and aisles, ample overhead storage and large windows. Roundtrip fares will range from $61 to $159. Visit http://mokuleleairlines.com.

Hawaiian: Aloha, Lihue

Hawaiian Airlines will add 110 interisland roundtrip flights per week by the end of the year. As part of the effort, the carrier will fly 40 additional roundtrip flights per week out of Lihue.

Hawaiian will use new, single-aisle Boeing 717-200 jets on the route, replacing older, widebody 767s. The fleet will include 15 717s; Hawaiian's aircraft seat from 118 to 123 passengers, with eight seats in first class and the rest in coach. For more information, visit www.hawaiianair.com.

For the birds

In other news, Hawaiian Airlines last month airlifted 23 puaiohi, an endangered bird native to the Islands, to the Alakai Wilderness Preserve on Kauai.

The tiny birds, also known as the small Kauai thrush, had been hatched and raised at the San Diego Zoo's Keauhou Bird Conservation Center at Volcano on the Big Island. The conservation effort is part of the Kauai Endangered Forest Bird Recovery Project. Only 500 puaiohi, native to Kauai, remain.

The Alakai preserve is located near Mount Waialelale. The 3.5-mile Alakai Swamp Trail to the preserve can be reached via the Pihea Vista Trail from the Puu o Kila lookout on Waimea Canyon Road.

Frontier fun

National Geographic Adventure magazine named Lihue its "third next great adventure town" in the western U.S. The list of 50 was divided into the four U.S. regions: West, Rockies, Central and East. For more information, visit http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com.

Kauai on the blogosphere

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts added a real-time blog by Kauai resident Kim Steutermann to its OutriggerHawaii.com culture, lifestyle and travel website. Steutermann edits both the blog and the overall site, launched in July. The blog can be read at www.outriggerhawaii.wordpress.com.

OutriggerHawaii.com offers insider knowledge and tips on Hawaii's host culture, hot spots and activities. In addition to the blog, the site features news stories, video podcasts and a calendar of events.

For the remainder of the year, Outrigger-Hawaii.com is focusing on the International Year of the Reef, "exploring the mysteries beneath Hawaii's unique coral reefs."

Content includes voluntourism opportunities; protection and conservation tips; and statewide programs and events.

Hotfoot it to Hyatt

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is putting "sunshine on sale" with a last-minute freebie promotion. Clients who stay at the seaside resort, located on Shipwreck Beach in Poipu on Kauai's southeast coast, by Dec. 24 enjoy a third night free as well as daily breakfast buffet for two.

Visit http://kauai.hyatt.com or call the property direct at (808) 742-1234.

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