SO, VALENTINE'S DAY
wasn't all your clients hoped
for? You can change that next year with a free seven-night stay in
Hawaii, including round-trip air, a rental car for the entire stay
and a candlelight dinner. All clients have to do is write a story!
Clients can submit an original, G-rated love story of 100 to 150
words in one of 12 categories online at www.bestplaceshawaii.com
or via mail at Love Stories,
1351 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, HI 96746. Best Places Hawaii selects two
grand-prize winners each year for a trip for two sponsored by
Pleasant Holidays and Idea Travel. The 2003 contest has just begun!
Check for rules and categories online.
DON'T MISS another opportunity to please
clients and earn commission. SellActivities.com is a password protected travel
agent only Web site, where agents can search and book tours,
attractions and entertainment on all of the Hawaiian Islands. The
best news: 10% to 25% commission, depending on the provider.
THE GRAND WAILEA Resort Hotel & Spa on Maui
introduced seasonal themes with its spa treatments this year to
celebrate Hawaii's indigenous products and their healing
properties. Each season, based on the theme, specialty treatments
will change at the resort's Spa Grande. "Maui Vanilla Orchid" will
run from March 1 to May 31, and will use vanilla beans grown in the
rainforest on the north slope of the Haleakala volcano on Maui.
Related treatments include the Vanilla Orchid Coconut Mineral Bath
and the Vanilla Shea Butter Body Scrub. Booking a spa experience
(it is far more than a treatment!) at Spa Grande means you also get
one-hour access to the Terme Wailea Hydrotherapy system, a myriad
healing baths -- like tropical enzyme and and aromatherapy -- and
showers. For details, call (800) SPA-1933 or log onto www.grandwailea.com.
• Aloha Airlines launched new service between Maui and Burbank
(Calif.) on Valentine's Day, giving travelers one more reason to
avoid the crush of LAX and skip a stopover in Honolulu. Flights
depart Burbank at 8 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and
Sundays, and arrive in Kahului, Maui at 11:32 a.m. Return flights
leave Maui at 2:50 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays,
arriving in Burbank at 9:57 p.m. Beginning March 14, flights will
operate daily. And hey, they still serve food!
• SunTrips will offer weekly nonstop service on Thursdays from
Sacramento (Calif.) Airport to Maui from May 22 through August 21.
Seven-night Maui packages, including roundtrip air, rental car,
accommodations and hotel taxes, start at $699 per person, double.
Air-only rates are available from $379. To book, call (800)
786-8747 or visit www.suntrips.com.
• The University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Gallery will host the 8th
International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, featuring 145
small-scale sculptures March 9 to April 17. Some works -- whose
space and scale are dictated by the size of an ordinary shoebox --
are conceptual, while others reflect the artist's cultural
heritage. Media include cast metal, carved wood, blown glass, woven
fiber, papier-mache, molded clay, found objects, glass beads,
feathers and human hair. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday
through Friday; admission is free. Call the gallery at (808)
• Pleasant Holidays and Starwood Hotels & Resorts are offering
guests the fifth night free, room upgrades and daily breakfast for
two at 11 properties in the Islands. Travel is valid through June
30; blackout dates appear. Five-night, land-only packages start at
$620 per person, double, with daily rental car.
• Meanwhile, Embassy Vacation Resort Kaanapali extended its 5th and
6th night free special through Dec. 21. Reservations must be booked
by April 30 and a minimum six-night stay is required. Land-only
plans start at $792 per person, double. Both packages can be booked
via Pleasant Holidays at (800) 448-3333 or on the Web at www.PleasantAgent.com.