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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 11, 2010


Advertiser Staff

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The Imiloa Astronomy Center, with its titanium-sheathed domes representing Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai.

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Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii introduces three new planetarium shows, to run through June 25.Two 3-D planetarium shows will be shown daily, "3D Sun" and "Awesome Light 2: Seeing the Invisible," while "Tycho to the Moon" airs as a Saturday morning children's show. Imiloa will continue its daily signature show, "Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky." General admission includes entrance into the exhibit hall and a planetarium show. Imiloa hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Tickets are $17.50; ages 4-12, $9.50; kamaaina, $12; ages 4-12, $7. members and under 4 are free. www,imiloahawaii.org.

INN ALL WIRELESS: The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono is completely wireless. Guests may log-in anywhere on the property after requesting the password.

Maui's award-winning bed and breakfast has 10 guestrooms. Room rates begin at $165.

Innkeepers Janice and Tom Fairbanks and their daughter Shelly Harris offer, in addition to Maui-style hospitality, Island knowledge for their guests. www.mauiinn.com

KILAUEA BIKE EXCURSION: BikeVolcano.com offers a new touraround the summit crater of Kílauea, the most active volcano in the world.The eight-mile guided tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park comes with equipment, an interpretive guide, van support, snacks and beverages. $99. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 808-934-9199, www.BikeVolcano.com

WRAPPING UP RENOVATIONS: King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is completing a $35 million renovation and is offering an introductory rate of rate of $129 per night. Book through June 30 for reservations through Dec. 30, and be eligible for an upgrade to partial-ocean-view or ocean-front room at check-in, subject to availability. www.konabeachhotel.com, 800-367-2111.

ACTIVITIES GALORE: The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows offers guests complimentary activities including snorkeling, historic tours, petroglyph hikes, tennis clinics, bicycles, ukulele lessons and s'mores on the beach. Special ohana (family) rates are available with the purchase of two rooms or more. All guestrooms and suites were recently refreshed. Through June 30, kamaaina room rates start at $169 per night; kamaaina golf room rate is $275 per night and includes two rounds of golf per day. Travel through Aug. 31 and kids enjoy Camp Mauna Lani activities free; 800-367-2323. www.maunalani.com.

GOLD STATUS: Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa has been awarded Elite Gold certification by Elite Meetings International Inc. The endorsement is given to properties offering exceptional experiences for groups. For leisure travel, the resort's Reserve and Relax offer with prepaid nonrefundable rates starts at $167 per night when booked at 30 days in advance through Dec. 25. www.sheratonkeauhou.com.