Hawaii travel news: Oahu vacation sweepstakes, coupon books on sale & more

– Outrigger Resort is hosting a fantastic Oahu vacation sweepstakes with an emphasis on caring for coral reefs. Here’s what Outrigger shared about this sweepstakes,

“Discover how you can help protect our coral reefs through our Outrigger’s ZONE coral conservation program and enter to win a stay in the newly transformed Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, a contemporary beachfront retreat rooted in Hawaiian culture.

Winner will receive:

    • 5-night stay in the luxurious 2-Bedroom Grand Navigators’ Suite at the newly renovated Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
    • Airfare for 2 from Hawaiian Airlines (nearest gateway city)
    • Intimate Sunset Tour for 2 on Holokai Catamaran
    • Exclusive Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour for 2
    • VIP Seating and $200 gift certificate for live music at legendary Kani Ka Pila Grille
    • Outrigger’s ZONE Sustainable Gift Pack
    • Special Voyager 47 Club Lounge Access

Sweepstakes close June 20, 2021. Additional optional entries available after initial entry, terms and conditions apply. Visit the official sweepstakes page for complete details.”

To be eligible to enter, you must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec.)

Entertainment coupon books are on sale for $7 with free shipping with promo code SAVENOW. The 2021 edition is the final printed version before the coupon service transitions to digital-only after June 23, 2021. For our insights as well as readers’ thoughts on this coupon book read our article Hawaii Entertainment Coupons – Worth the Price? Slight spoiler alert, we only recommend them for Oahu.

Rental cars continue to be in short supply in Hawaii and beyond. Yesterday, the Hawaii Tourism Authority announced a page with lists of alternate transportation options by island. These alternatives include shuttle services, rideshares services (like Uber) and bike rentals.

– The price for visiting Oahu’s Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve may be going up for out-of-state visitors. At the start of this year, the fee was $7.50 for out-of-state visitor. Earlier this spring, the fee was raised to $12 per person for out-of-state visitors. This past week, Oahu lawmakers approved a bill to raise the fee to $25 for out-of-state visitors. If implemented, that would result in a 333% rate hike for visitors in less than a year. Residents may enter at no cost. We understand that the county mayor will need to provide the final approval before implementation. We’re watching to see when/if this rate hike goes into effect.

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