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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, July 13, 2008


By Chris Oliver

Baggage bill: Hawaiian Airlines will charge customers $17 for a second checked bag each way on interisland flights for tickets purchased on or after July 8 for travel on or after July 15. There is a $25 fee each way for a second checked bag on flights between the Mainland and Hawai'i.

Hawai'i's other interisland carrier, go!, began charging a $25 fee for a second checked bag last month. Both airlines said the new baggage charge was added because of higher jet fuel prices. Hawaiian Airlines customers exempt from the fee include first-class travelers; those with child car seats, strollers and carriers; and those needing wheelchairs, walkers, canes or crutches. www.hawaiianair.com/Pages/Index.aspx.

Kama'aina fun: Keauhou Beach Resort's kama'aina rate is $99 per night through Dec. 21 for a standard room; $109 for partial ocean view; and $119 for ocean view. Add a compact Dollar rental car for $29 per day, midsize for $36, and $46 for full-size. The resort recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation including free high-speed Internet access in all new guestrooms, with wireless access available in the lobby and at the swimming pool. Rack rates start at $165 per room per night, single or double occupancy, through Jan. 4. 866-326-6803, www.keauhoubeachresort.com, or e-mail reservations@outrigger.com.

Royal deal: Royal Lahaina Resort guests staying five nights or longer receive a guaranteed one-room-category upgrade, daily buffet breakfast for two, and a lu'au for two, through Dec. 22. Rates start at $215 per night. www.hawaiianhotels.com, 800-222-5642.

Dive in for fun: Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa "Love Your Family" program activities include Dive in Movies at the multilevel Manta Ray Super Pool & Slide, stargazing, water volleyball and basketball games. Families also can enjoy the 200-foot-long water slide, historical walking tours, and resort scavenger hunts. The resort's Sunsational Savings package offers a third night free plus buffet breakfast daily through Dec. 25. www.sheratonkeauhou.com or 866-716-8109 and request package code SUN3NF.

Vavoom Volcano Tours is offering a "buy one, get one free" special through the end of the year. Choose a full-day hiking tour of Kilauea volcano's crater attractions at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, or the new "Summit to the Sea," which includes a trek to see lava as it enters the ocean near Kalapana. 808-966-8858. Half-day tours, $84; full-day tours (includes lunch), $147. 808-966-8858, http://vavoomhawaii.blogspot.com.

See the glow: Bikevolcano.com offers a new guided bicycle adventure to Kilauea's flow where it enters the ocean, with spectacular views on the way, dinner in Kalapana, and the fiery red glow of Pele's hypnotic creation. $135. 808-934-9199, www.bikevolcano.com.

Cool deal: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa's "Some Like it Cool," three-night adventure package includes cabana room accommodations, a Kohala Waterfalls Adventure hiking tour, Aroma Spa ocean wrap and massage for two daily, and a "cool" arrival amenity. Package starts at $3,325, through Dec. 21. 800922-5533, www.waikoloamarriott.com.

Volcano workshop: "Demystifying Your Digital Camera" features professional photographer Robert Frutos. Learn the basics of digital photography, from adjusting your particular camera's settings for optimum use to introductory information about digital imaging software and downloading from camera to computer. 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Volcano Art Center. Digital camera required. $60 (financial aid available). 808-967-8222, www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Reach Chris Oliver at coliver@honoluluadvertiser.com.