The Hawai'i Ecotourism Association has chosen Hike Maui as the state's top ecotour company for 2010.
HEA board president Annette Kaohelaulii said Hike Maui exemplifies what her organization is trying to promote.
"Hike Maui is very strong when it comes to cultural interpretation and instruction. With a noted author on Hawaiian culture as part owner and instructor, the staff benefits from a strong training program. All guides go through the guide certification program at Maui Community college ."
Another highlight was Hike Maui's Wild Hawaii (student) program, which exemplifies community outreach and working to foster respect for the environment via volunteer efforts. The review committee focused on four main areas: environmental conservation, cultural and historical stewardship, contributions to local community and education, and training.
Hike Maui tours offer a variety of half- and full-day guided tours starting at $70. www.hikemaui.com, 866-324-6284, 808-879-5270.
SPECIAL PRINCE GOLF RATE: The Princeville Prince Golf Course kamaaina rate of $50 (discounted from the usual kamaaina rate of $70) is for play during prime hours, and $40 for tee times after 3 p.m. daily. The course has been ranked by Golf Digest as Hawaii's No. 1 golf course and is recognized on Golf Digest's prestigious 2009/2010 list of America's "Top 100 Greatest Courses." 808-826-5001, www.princeville.com. For special event facilities and services at the course, call Shaylyn Kimura at 808-826-5014.
MAUI, MOLOKAI DEALS:The Maui Accommodations Guide has released its spring 2010 "Maui Special Values E-Alert" featuring the latest deals being offered at Maui and Molokai properties. The directory first introduced the quarterly E-Alert in October 2008. Hotels, condos, homes, B&Bs and other properties in the guide participate with an offer for the e-newsletter. The spring issue includes more than 40 properties with offers ranging from fifth, sixth or seventh nights free to 25 percent discounts to rates starting at $75 a night for Molokai and $88 a night for Maui condos. The free e-newsletter is updated and distributed quarterly to subscribers and can be viewed (and subscribed to) at www.mauiaccommodations.com.
REWARDING KIDS: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa's "Rewarding Kids" package earns 2,500 Marriott Rewards points per child for families traveling with children 17 and younger. The resort has three swimming pools, one of which has a children's area and waterslide; nearby is 'Anaehoomalu Bay, or enjoy Ocean Sports beach activities including snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and glass bottom boat excursions fronting the resort.
Activities include lei making, ukulele and hula lessons, tours of the ancient fishponds, Mandara Spa family treatments, and the historic Ala Loa walking trail to a Hawaiian petroglyph field.
"Rewarding Kids" requires a minimum two-night stay; rates begin at $199 per room, per night for garden mountain view accommodations. Reserve by July 18 for stays through Dec. 24; use code M41. www.waikoloamarriott.com, 800-721-6996.