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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, February 26, 2006

Kama'aina rates for Waikiki getaway

Advertiser Staff

Learn about the Hawaiian monk seal at weekly presentations at the Sheraton Kauai Resort.


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The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa has a kama'aina spring rate of $150 per room, March 3-26. The resort's Mandara Spa, wildlife menagerie (don't miss the colony of penguins), art collection, and more than 20 dining outlets can make a stay feel like a true getaway. And on Friday evenings, guests can watch the fireworks up close. Reservations: 949-4321, ask for rate code P3, www.hiltonhawaii .com; proof of Hawai'i residency required. Kama'aina rates also are available at the Hilton Waikoloa Village at (808) 886-1234 and the Doubletree Alana Hotel in Waikiki at 941-7275.

Monk-seal watch: Sheraton Kauai Resort has launched a weekly educational program about the Hawaiian monk seal with the help of the Kaua'i Monk Seal Watch Program. At 6 p.m. Wednesdays, the resort gives a 45-minute presentation with slide photos in the hotel's The Point Lounge. Adult seals and more rarely seal births may be seen on Po'ipu Beach fronting the hotel. Information: www.kauai monkseal.com/Home.html.

Earth Care discount in British columbia: Vancouver's Pacific Palisades Hotel is offering a 10 percent Earth Care discount for room rates found online or at the hotel's reservations desk. The hotel also will donate $1 from every room night booked on the Earth Care rate to Green Kids Incorporated, a nonprofit charity that teaches kids environmental education through theater. Earth Care guest stays include an evening wine reception, morning Starbucks coffee, Internet service and organic chocolate "Bug Bites" or organic gummy worms at turndown. The Earth Care rate is available for all room types. Room rates (without discount) begin at $122 through May; then $174 June through October. Reservations: (800) 663-1815, request Earth Care rate; book online at www .kimptonhotels.com; enter ECR in the rate code field for room availability.