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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 21, 2006

See Maui's Ocean Center for less

By Chris Oliver

Maui Ocean Center celebrates Kama'aina Dayz and Military Appreciation Month with discounted admission for kama-'aina and military in May: $11 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3 to 12, and $9 for seniors. Kama'aina and military also get a 20 percent discount at the Maui Ocean Center Store, Seascape Ma'alaea Restaurant and Reef Cafe all month. Valid ID is required. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: (808) 270-7000, mauioceancenter.com.

Four Seasons Resort LAna'I at Manele Bay Kama'aina Stay & Play rates are $249 per night for a garden room or $329 for a partial ccean view room. Kama'aina rates for The Lodge at Koele are $199 per night for a garden room, $229 for a deluxe room.

Rates at The Challenge at Manele golf course and The Experience at Koele are $75 per person, per round. Replay rates are $75, and include a shared cart. Rates are good through July 4 with maximum occupancy of three adults per room. Proof of Hawai'i residency is required. Reservations: (800) 321-4666 or (808) 565-2000: fourseasons.com/manelebay.

Sunset magazine's "Sunset's Gardens in Paradise Getaway" is Sept. 14-17 at the Mauna Lani Resort. Kathleen Brenzel, Sunset's senior garden editor, will lead tours of the resort grounds. The event also includes a garden reception, a private farm lunch with cooking demo and winning wines, tips on tropical themes for home and garden, and a tour of the resort's ancient fishponds.

The getaway starts at $500 per person, ocean view at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Reservations: (800) 367-2323, www.sunset.com/paradise or www.maunalani.com/sun.

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows' spa retreat "Ke Kumu o Mauna Lani" (The Teachers of Mauna Lani) is June 8-12. Packages include room, daily workshops in Hawaiian culture and a garden party, and start at $1,780, double, for four nights. Information: (800) 367-2323, www.maunalani.com.

Thrifty Car Rental has joined the HawaiianMiles frequent-flyer program, awarding members 50 miles a day when they rent with Thrifty through Sept. 30. The car rental will give double 100 miles to members who rent a mid-size or larger vehicle for three days or longer. Cars must be picked up from June to Sept. 30; advance reservations are required: 952-4238, (800) 367-5238. Information: hawaiian airlines.com.

Reach Chris Oliver at coliver@honoluluadvertiser.com.