Hawaii Vacation Deals & News Roundup: November 18, 2009

Oodles of deals and newsy bits to share today, so let’s get to it.


* Here’s a lovely little boutique hotel, Hotel Coral Reef, in Kapaa, Kauai that you might want to consider for your next visit to the Garden Isle. Check out their plethora of special offers, including third night free or ocean front suite “eSpecial” of $169 per night. All rooms include free continental breakfast. Bargain!

* It’s kind of hard to believe this Grand Wailea deal for the upcoming winter high season. You can stay at this posh Waldolf Astoria property on Maui for $399 per night, plus free daily breakfast, plus $50 resort credit for every second night (up to $200), and you’ll receive a certificate for future free night with 3 paid nights. The offer is valid on select dates through March, 2010, but you must book by January 31, 2010. If you are a “pool person”, you’ll love this resort.

* The gorgeous Kauai Marriott Resort has a special offer of $189 for an ocean view room for travel through December 24, 2009. If you prefer to travel to travel between January 3 – 31, 2010, you’ll pay just $20 more per night. (See my review of Kauai Marriott Resort.)

* The new Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk just opened their doors. Here’s a link to their special offers.The hotel is located behind the Outrigger Reef on the Beach and beside of Fort DeRussey. The photos of the resort make it appear to be ocean front-ish, but it’s not.

* Following its inaugural flight from Oakland to Hawaii on November 9, Alaska Airlines announced the addition of three new direct routes to Hawaii from San Jose and Sacramento in California. Beginning March 2010, flights from San Jose and Kahului (Maui) will operate three times weekly, while flights from San Jose and Kona (Hawaii’s Big Island) will run four times a week. In addition to the San Jose flights, a daily flight from Sacramento and Kahului will strengthen Alaska Air’s presence in the Hawaii transpacific air market. Our friends at FareCompare have shared a 10% off promotional code (EC2513) with Alaska Airlines.

* The new 4-D movie theater opens at the Shops at Mauna Lani this Friday. What’s 4-D? Well, it’s a simulated “ride” on a windscreen projected from twin, high-definition digital projectors. “The on-screen action is synchronized with full-range motion seats, a 2500W 5.1 DTS surround sound system and in-theater “4-D” effects, such as blown air and water spray, for a complete multi-sensory experience.” Depending on what’s playing I may have to check it out when I visit in January.

* What? I’ve not told you I’m going back to Hawaii…again? I must confess, that yes, I am returning to the 50th State. We’ll be starting on Lana’i for some relaxation, whale and dolphin watching, and pampering. Then we’re headed back to the Big Island for some lava viewing, whale watching, snorkeling, and much more!  This time, my sister and brother-in-law will be coming along for part of the trip. I can’t want to see their expressions as they experience Hawaii for the first time.

  1. The Trump building is pretty amazing. Great beaches and shopping all in one place. It’s like Vegas on a tropical island.

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