Mauna Lani Bay woos springtime early birds

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows at Kalahuipuaa on the Big Island is offering a springtime early-bird special for stays March 1 through May 30. When booking a four-night stay by Feb. 28, guests at the resort -- a member of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts and Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide -- earn a fifth night free.

 

In addition, guests enjoy a $100 per-night credit -- good toward activities, incidentals and food and beverages -- for standard or gardenview rooms, or a $200 credit for oceanview and other higher-category rooms. The special does not apply to suite, villa or bungalow accommodations.

For reservations or more information, visit www.maunalani.com or call (800) 367-2323 or (808) 885-6622.

The Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii in Honolulu will see its name shortened to the Kahala on March 1, when owners Kahala Hotel Investors turn over the keys to a new management company, Landmark Hotels.

The Kahala -- a luxury, 364-room hotel -- opened in 1964 as a Hilton hotel, a member of Leading Hotels of the World and one of four AAA Five Diamond resorts in Hawaii. The property will now undergo a program of changes and enhancements, according to Kahala Hotel Investors parent company, Trinity Investments.

The Mandarin Oriental Group had managed the Kahala since 1994. Landmark, mostly active in Mexico, managed the Kea Lani Resort, Villas and Spa (now a Fairmont property) on Maui from 1992 to 2001.

Legendary Hawaiian entertainer Don Ho returned to the stage last month in the new, thrice-weekly Don Ho Show at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber hotel in Honolulu.

Mr. Tiny Bubbles once again serenades audiences in Waikiki on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Adult tickets run from $32 for show only to $52 with dinner; youth and other discount rates are also available.

Out of the public eye for some time, Ho, now 75, reportedly underwent experimental cardiac surgery recently in Thailand.

For more information or tickets, visit www.donho.com or www.ohanahotels.com.

A private-public deal has been forged to preserve the Waimea Valley Audubon Center, on Oahus north shore, in its natural state. Under a complex financial deal expected to close sometime in the second quarter, the center will be acquired from its current owner, New York-based developer Christian Wolffer -- also former owner of Sea Life Park -- in a deal reportedly worth about $14 million.

The city of Honolulu will kick in $5.1 million to buy the land. The rest will come from the state of Hawaiis Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Department of Land and Natural Resources, along with the U.S. Army and the Audubon Society, which has managed the preserve since 2003.

Wolffer reportedly tried to sell the center to private concerns for $25 million.

For more on Waimea Valley, visit www.audubon.org.

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