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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 17, 2009


Advertiser staff

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Guests don't have to leave their little dogs behind when they visit Aqua Continental.

Courtesy of Aqua Hotels and Resorts

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Hawaiian traditions of the sea will be explored in "Hawaiian Fishing Traditions," part of the aquarium's "Nana i ke Kai," or "Look to the Sea," series, 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 29 at the Waikiki Aquarium classroom. Umi Kai, cultural practitioner and implement maker, will share Hawaiian fishing traditions and display various fishing implements. Reservations are recommended. 440-9008 or e-mail maryloufoley@waquarium.org. www.waquarium.org.

4th night's free: The Royal Kona Resort offers a fourth night free in the upgraded Ali'i and Lagoon Tower guestrooms for travel through Dec. 21. Garden View rooms start at $160 per night based on double occupancy, tax excluded. 800-222-5642, www.royalkona.com.

Not a budget buster: The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls in upper Hilo offers private accommodations for the budget-minded. Highlights include a private 120-foot waterfall, Asian architectural themes, a pristine rain forest and views of Hilo, the Pacific and gorgeous Kulaniapia Falls. Rates from $119 include full breakfast. Call 808-935-6789 or visit www.waterfall.net.

Kona Village offer for 2: Kona Village's online Hut Offer for two starts at $550 to $610 per night, and includes three Island-inspired meals a day, a twice-weekly lu'au dinner show, a weekly paniolo barbecue, ocean activities and cultural tours. The Hut Offer includes an upgrade to the best available bungalow category, through Dec. 3. 800-367-5290, www.konavillage.com.

Meet up at Waikoloa: Book your next meeting at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa with the Marriott Resorts Hawai'i Meeting Incentive Package, offering meeting planners a 10 percent rebate on their master account, including meeting-related charges such as guestrooms, food and beverage, meeting room rental and other items. Not valid in conjunction with previously booked or held meetings or events. May not be combined with other promotional offers. Valid through Dec. 15, 2010. Visit www.marriotthawaii.com/groups, 866-516-5381.

Ohana hotel rates: Nightly rates at the Ohana Waikiki West start at $79, $89 at the Ohana Waikiki Malia, $97 at the Ohana Waikiki East, $99 at the Ohana Honolulu Airport, and $119 at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomb- er. Rates are through Dec. 21. www.ohanahotels.com.

Dogs welcome at aqua: Aqua Hotels and Resorts' Continental Hotel will allow pet dogs that weigh less than 20 pounds to check in with their family. The hotel has set aside two pet-friendly floors. Besides a free treat on arrival for dogs, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout and a penthouse fitness room. Each guestroom comes with a coffeemaker, refrigerator and microwave. To keep the hotel safe and clean there is a $25 per night fee with a $100 deposit on arrival for pet owners, which is refundable upon checkout after inspection of the room.

Rates are $80 per day for a standard partial city view room. Aqua Continental's Pet-Friendly Package is through Dec. 31. For information regarding bringing a pet to Hawai'i: hawaii.gov/hdoa/ ai/aqs/info; 866-406-2782, 808-924-6543.

What's up at Mauna Kea?: In honor of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i offers a free monthly Maunakea Lecture Series Talk. Visit 'Imiloa's planetarium on the third Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. to learn about the latest research from the Mauna Kea observatories. Astronomers provide insights on the night sky. www.imiloahawaii.org.

Hike Waipi'o rim: Hawaii Forest & Trail's Waipi'o Rim Hike Adventure skirts the rim of Waipi'o Valley, where guests are treated to views of the valley's towering waterfalls, taro patches, and coastline as they trek along the historic trail through lush forest. Also new is the Get Back to Nature Special. Book select tours at 15 percent off, and receive successive tours at 25 percent off. www.hawaii-forest.com, 808-331-8505.