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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, August 20, 2006

Hana Escape offers activities galore

By Chris Oliver

The Hotel Hana-Maui & Honua Spa's Discover Hana Escape invites guests to stay four nights and enjoy a fifth night free.

The Escape includes daily breakfast for two, a flower-lei greeting, tropical fruit drink on arrival and a welcome fruit and snack basket in the room. Free resort activities include a daily yoga class, guided walks, fitness center, two pools and whirlpools, hiking and walking trails, bodyboards, bicycles, tennis, croquet and three-hole practice golf. Hawaiian cultural and historical activities include 'ukulele and lei-making lessons, hula, and medicinal-plant walks.

Discover Hana rates range from $575 per night for an ocean-view Sea Ranch Cottage to $995 per night for an oceanfront one-bedroom suite with hot tub. A four-night minimum stay is required, and the offer is valid from Sept. 1 to Nov. 22 and Dec. 1-21. Reservations: (800) 321-4262 or www.hotel hanamaui.com.

FOR KAMA'AINA: Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa offers a kama'aina rate of $150 from Sept. 4 to Nov. 7 (with some blackout dates). Reservations: (808) 949-4321 or www.hiltonhawaii.com, ask for Rate Code P3. Proof of Hawai'i residency is required.

HAWAI'I AT YOUR MOUSE TIP: Check out a new online resource for Hawai'i at www.bluehawaiian.com, where you will find a photo and video tour for almost every golf course, beach, hotel and resort in the Islands. Clicking on an island will take you on a photo tour sorted by hotels, beaches, golf courses, tours and towns. Locations marked with a red dot will bring up photos for that location. The video page displays the same island map but with highlighted areas in a short video clip (available in high-definition if you have the latest QuickTime player installed). Maui and the Big Island have the most coverage to date.

The company plans to complete resources for the other islands by the end of the month.

THREE DAYS, THREE OPERAS: Opera lovers can take in three operas in three days with the San Francisco Opera's Out-of-Town Series. Packages start Oct. 13-15 and end with the June 26-28 series. Kimpton Hotels offer discounts with rooms starting at $129 per night for out-of-town music mavens. Reservations: (415) 864-3330 or www.sfopera.com/outoftown. Prices generally are per person, double occupancy, based on availability.

Reach Chris Oliver at coliver@honoluluadvertiser.com.