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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 9, 2006

Mother's Day and Dolphin Days

Advertiser Staff

Hilton Hawaiian special: The Hilton Hawaiian Village's kama'aina rate starts at $150 per room per night from April 28 to May 21. Reservations: 949-4321, and ask for rate code P3 for those dates. The spring special includes Mother's Day weekend one way to treat mom. Reservations: www .hiltonhawaiianvillage.com.

Dolphin Days: The Hilton Waikoloa Village's 12th Dolphin Days Summer Fest takes place June 22-25. A $420 Platinum Pass includes entry to the Dolphin Days festival reception, the dolphin program, the Hot Rocks lu'au, the Great Waikoloa Food, Wine and Music Festival, a photo and autograph session with the jazz all-star band, and 10 percent off all Dolphin Days retail items. Reservations: www.dolphindays.com.

Heavenly Hana: The Hotel Hana Maui & Honua Spa's five-night Heavenly Hana package includes accommodations, champagne on arrival, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner for two, robes to take home, and use of all on-property facilities and activities. Bodyboard and tennis racket rental, yoga and guided hikes are thrown in too. Rates begin at $698 per night, through Dec. 21. Reservations: www .hotelhanamaui.com.

Summer aquatics: The Waikiki Aquarium's summer events include the family program Exploring the Reef and The Sharks and Rays of Hawai'i, which brings in expert divers and scientists from the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology to lecture and give demonstrations. Aquarium After Dark gives families a flashlight tour of the exhibits. Information: 923-9741, www.waquarium.org.

Safari sleepovers: Sleep near lions and tigers and rhinos on an overnight campout at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park in Escondido, Calif.

The overnight safaris are offered Friday or Saturday nights, through October. Guests stay in tents next to an 80-acre enclosure that is home to giraffes, wildebeests, gazelles, lions and elephants. Included is a walking tour of an area where aardvarks, snakes and African crested porcupines roam. Families can listen for animal sounds and drink hot cocoa around a campfire after dinner.

Cost: $129-$199 ($89-$109 for children 7 and younger; $109-$129 for ages 8 to 11). Breakfast and dinner are included, but park admission fees ($17.50-$28.50) are not.

Contact: San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, Escondido; www.wildanimalpark.org, (619) 718-3000.