United to fly direct from Chicago to Big Island

Effective Dec. 16, travelers will be able to fly direct on United Airlines from Chicago to Hawaii's Big Island. The flight departs at 10 a.m. and stops in Maui.


Five-night packages available through United Vacations from Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis and New York begin at $1,069 per person.

Accommodations include the Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort in a partial oceanview room and daily breakfast for two.

The offer is valid for Wednesday and Thursday travel between Jan. 5 and March 3.

Log onto www.vaxvacationaccess.com for more information and bookings.

Pleasant Holidays teamed with the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina to offer reduced rates and free upgrades.

Those who book a gardenview room with Pleasant for travel between Jan. 3 and Feb. 6 will be upgraded to oceanview. Four-night, land-only packages begin at $679 per person, double (a $334 savings per couple).

Agents can call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com for more information.

In additional news from the hotel, the Ihilani spa has begun using a specially designed line of products called Pua Kai, developed on the Big Island by Sharon Warren, president and founder of Warren Botanicals.

The line uses all natural and local ingredients such as ginger, jasmine, neroli, rose oil and coconut as the base of its aromatherapy products, which include oils and lotions.

The products will be used by therapists in treatment as well as available for purchase in the spa gift shop. Visit www.ihilani.com/index_spa.htm for more information.

The Mauna Lani Resort announced five new packages, valid Jan. 3 through Dec. 20.

The Mauna Lani Experience package begins at $350 for a standard room and includes daily breakfast buffet for two with a three-night minimum stay. A golf package begins at $485 per night and includes a day of unlimited golf per room, double.

The Ohana package includes two oceanview rooms and free Kid's Day camp for two children, starting at $620 per night.

The Pick Your Passion package begins at $485 per night and includes two amenity certificates, which are valid for 50-minute spa treatments, dinner at any of three restaurants, a day of unlimited golf or personal trainer sessions.

The five-night Romantic Interludes package starts with champagne upon arrival, daily breakfast for two, snorkel or sunset sail for two, two 50-minute spa treatments and a volcano helicopter tour for two, beginning at $3,075.

Rack rates for the same period begin at $395 for standard rooms, $1,650 for oceanfront suites, $575 for one-bedroom villas or $4,600 for oceanview bungalows.

Visit www.maunalani.com or call (800) 367-2323 for more information on the hotel.

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts extended its $50 Condo Booking Bonus for travel agents through 2005. The bonus is paid on top of the hotelier's regular commission and is valid for bookings of five nights or longer through Dec. 21.

Outrigger has 10 condominium properties on the islands. On Kauai, two condo resorts are located either on or within steps of the beach.

The Kiahuna Plantation is on Poipu Beach and the Outrigger at Lae Nani near Kapaa. The Outrigger Palms at Wailea on Maui makes use of three nearby golf courses, and the Eldorado in Kaanapali is close to Whaler Village and the Kaanapali Golf Course.

The Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff on the Big Island is within walking distance of the Kona Coast, while the Kanaloa sits oceanfront on 16 acres.

To book the $50 bonus, log on to www.outrigger.com/bookingbonus.

Arts With Aloha, an organization backed by the Honolulu Academy of Arts and 10 other Oahu arts and cultural institutions on Oahu, announced its January through March lineup of visual and performing arts events on the island.

Events beginning in January include "Stomp," the Shanghai Circus, First Friday's Gallery Walk and "Romeo and Juliet" performed by the Honolulu Symphony.

February brings Neo Rauch's works from the Leipziger Volkszettung Collection, Mark Pinkosh's one-man comedy show "Haole Boy," a Hawaiian music concert series and the musical "Miss Saigon." Ongoing arts events feature tours of the Hawaii State Art Museum and the historical theaters of Hawaii.

For a free brochure, call (808) 532-8713 or e-mail [email protected].

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