Hawaii Vacation News Roundup for June 13th

Here’s the news on this Aloha Friday edition:

  • The Hawaii Volcano Observatory status report indicates that there’s
    “a new [lava ocean] entry west of the main, more vigorous entry; good views of lava flowing into the ocean were available.”
  • Looking for a hotel in Hawaii that’s committed to being green?  According to this article, some of the Hawaii hotels with significant environmental efforts are:
    • Mauna Lani on the Big Island.  The article indicates that the Mauna Lani was “recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the world’s “Top-Earth-Friendly Resorts,” and in April it earned kudos from both the National Geographic Traveler magazine and Golf magazine because of eco-practices.”
    • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Oahu.  This hotel was recognized on Travelocity’s IgoUgo.com list of “10 Hotels Where Every Day is Earth Day”
    • Other Marriott properties across Hawaii have some green strategies as do Hawaii’s Hilton properties, Outrigger hotels and condos, and Starwood resorts. 
  • And finally, brace yourself for this next bit of news.  Airlines have announced some new fees in the last 24 hours. 
    • US Airways will charge $15 for the first checked bag just like American does.  The checked bag fee goes into effect for tickets purchased on or after July 9th.  The airline will also start charging $2 for sodas, bottled water, juices, and coffee in August.  Read more about the details here.
    • United Airlines also joined the fray of charging $15 for the first checked bag.  Their fee goes into effect for tickets purchased on or after today.  For more on their policy, follow this link
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