Kaanapali, Kapalua honor annual humpback whale trek

The Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui launched a Whale Encounter package to mark the winter whale migration season, when hundreds of humpbacks swim past the island.


Starting at $1,422 per couple, the five-night package includes partial oceanview accommodations; compact car rental with unlimited mileage; daily breakfast; a whale-watching cruise; admission to the Maui Ocean Center; tickets to the Kupanaha dinner show; and a lunch bag with disposable camera.

Available Jan. 1 to April 30, the deal reflects a savings of $260 per person. Extra family members can be added for $25 per night plus the cost of activities and meals. Children under age 6 dine for free at the hotels two restaurants.

The hotel also offers Aloha Passport for Kids, a complimentary program for children under 12 that teaches them about Hawaiian culture through activities and crafts. For more information, visit www.kbhmaui.com or call (800) 262-8450.

Whale of a weekend

The inaugural Whale Quest Kapalua will be held Feb. 10 to 12 at theKapalua Resort on Maui. The free, three-day affair will include kids activities; a golf tournament benefit; art and photo exhibitions; whale sightings and interpretive walks; and educational lectures and interactive displays from groups such as the Center for Whale Studies, the Maui Ocean Center and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

The Kapalua Resort is located on a working pineapple plantation on Mauis northwest coast, home to three golf courses; two hotels, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and the Kapalua Bay Hotel; rental programs at the Kapalua Villas and Kapalua Luxury Homes developments; three beaches; restaurants and shops.

For more on Kapalua, call (800) 527-2582; for more on the Whale Quest, call (866) 669-2440.

Outrigger reconfigures

Two leading Hawaiian resort chains announced staff appointments and changes.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts named Alan White senior vice president and chief information officer for Outrigger Enterprises and appointed Dean Nakasone general manager of the newly acquired Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel.

Pam Yagi, former hotel manager of the Ohana Waikiki West, now serves as Nakasones assistant general manager. Tom Wakita, most recently corporate director of sales, filled Nakasones position as director of sales and marketing for Ohana Hotels.

In addition, Karen Villarmia replaces Yagi at the Ohana Waikiki West and Nora Weatherwax fills in as manager of the Ohana Waikiki Malia while continuing as manager of the Maile Sky Court.

Meanwhile, Prince Resorts Hawaii made changes in its sales department, promoting Leslie Hylkema to director of sales and naming Denise Anderson director of sales for luxury, leisure and corporate travel; Toshie Nakabayashi, director of sales for wholesale travel; Susan Uyetake, director of corporate travel; and Glenn Berk, regional director of group sales, Southwest.

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