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Hawaiian Airlines Launches Daily Nonstop Service Between Oakland and Honolulu
Hawaiian Airlines has inaugurated daily, nonstop service between Honolulu and Oakland, California. Hawaiian announced this service following the sudden closure of Aloha and ATA airlines, both of which had previously provided nonstop service between Oakland and Hawaii.
Hawaiian’s Boeing 767-300 wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft will be the largest aircraft serving the Oakland International Airport, seating up to 264 passengers: 18 in first class and 246 in coach. Hawaiian’s Flight 47 departs Oakland daily at 9:00 a.m. and arrives in Honolulu at 11:05 a.m. Return Flight 48 will depart Honolulu daily at 1:30 p.m. and arrive in Oakland at 9:25 p.m. The new flights will provide an estimated 95,000 air seats annually from Oakland to Honolulu.
Visit www.hawaiianairlines.com or call 800-367-5320.
Hawaii Superferry to Launch Second Voyage Between Maui and Oahu
When Aloha Airlines ceased operations, eyes turned to the troubled Hawaii Superferry to see if it would rise to the occasion and help fill the gap in inter-island travel.
“It’s a prime opportunity for Hawaiian Superferry to step up,” says Kahele Naeole, marketing coordinator for ResortQuest Hawaii. “A lot of local people are behind it.”
It would appear that Hawaii Superferry is listening. Last month, the company announced that it would add a second voyage four days per week between Maui and Oahu starting May 9. The afternoon voyage will operate on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The second voyage will leave Honolulu at 3:30 p.m. arriving in Kahului at 7:00 p.m.; departing Kahului at 8:00 p.m. and arriving in Honolulu at 11:00 p.m. The morning voyage will continue its daily summer schedule departing Honolulu at 6:30 a.m. arriving in Kahului at 9:30 a.m.; departing Kahului at 11:00 a.m. and arriving in Honolulu at 2:00 p.m.
Reservations for afternoon voyages are now open and are eligible for the current promotional $39 one-way passenger fares and $55 one-way passenger vehicle fares that have been extended for travel through June 5. This second round trip voyage is expected to benefit the ferry’s commercial customers, offering them the opportunity to return the same day. Reservations can be made via www.hawaiisuperferry.com or 877-HI-FERRY.
Cawanibuka Tapped as Regional Coordinator Americas for the Fiji Matai Specialists Program
Sera Cawanibuka has been appointed new regional coordinator Americas for the Fiji Matai Specialists Program for the Fiji Visitors Bureau, North America (FVB). In her new position, Cawanibuka’s responsibilities will include the implementation of training, overseeing annual awards, organizing Fiji Super Fam trips and developing marketing materials for the 2008-2009 Matai Specialists Program.
Cawanibuka will also oversee incentive-based initiatives, the Matai newsletter, Bula seminars and yearly road shows. Starting as a graduate trainee at Fiji Islands Visitors Bureau in Nadi, Cawanibuka was quickly promoted to marketing officer of emerging markets and most recently worked as the senior marketing officer for emerging markets. For information about becoming a Matai Agent, visit www.bulafijinow.com.
V Australia Announces Los Angeles-Sydney Launch Route
Australia's newest international Airline, V Australia, has announced daily, direct Los Angeles-Sydney flights as its inaugural trans-Pacific route when it takes to the skies on December 15. V Australia Airlines officially starts selling seats today.
V Australia Airlines will offer three classes of travel including International Business, International Premium Economy and International Economy.
"We're not just launching a new route and a new destination—it's our first route as we launch a new international airline for Australia,” said Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Blue co-founder. “The launch of V Australia also means the Virgin Group for the first time will offer a global network of airlines that allow travelers to fly worldwide on Virgin airlines.”
To celebrate the “go live” sale date, V Australia Airlines is offering American travelers 1,000 International Economy seats between Los Angeles and Sydney for $777 return (internet sale fare-taxes, fees and restrictions apply). Everyday economy fares will start from $2,019 return (exclusive of taxes and government imposed fees). Visit www.vaustralia.com.
Hoku Nai'a's Wild Dolphin Watch & Lunch Cruise in Honolulu
Launched last October, the Hoku Nai'a's Wild Dolphin Watch & Lunch Cruise offers the opportunity to observe Hawaiian Spinner dolphins, appreciate pristine coastline views off West Oahu and enjoy a create-your-own gourmet burger lunch hot off the grill.
Departing Tuesday through Sunday from Waianae Boat Harbor at 9:30 a.m., the Hoku Naia cruises a two-hour route that is prime for dolphin sightings. Dolphin activities include guaranteed dolphin sightings, insights from a crew of certified naturalists, narration, video presentation and keiki program. It’s also common to view other marine life, such as turtles and whales, in season.
The 149-passenger Hoku Nai'a was built in 2007 and custom designed with EPA compliant main engines and hybrid power generator for eco-friendly dolphin watching in Hawaiian waters. It also has a 360-degree observation deck, dining area, bar, restroom and BBQ facility.
The Wild Dolphin Watch & Lunch Cruise retail price is $65 for adults and $39 for children ages 3-11. The mainland travel agent wholesale rate is 10 percent off retail prices. Round-trip motorcoach transportation from the Waikiki area includes original video to enhance guests' experience, and is available for an additional $10 per person.
Call 800-334-6191 or visit www.starofhonolulu.com.
EVENT TO REMEMBER
Polynesian Cultural Center 45th Anniversary – Oahu
Polynesian Cultural Center is celebrating its 45th anniversary with festivals and competitions that represent Polynesian cultures.
On July 5, the best group and solo dancers from Tahiti compete in Te Mahana Hiro’a O Tahiti, which brings an upbeat competition and features tamarii (children) from all over Tahiti.
This summer, the Hawaiian Village at Polynesian Cultural Center will open the Hlau Waa, or canoe house of learning. The $2.65 million facility will house the Iosepa voyaging canoe and provide visitors the opportunity to learn about Polynesian voyaging techniques.
LATEST DEALS: Pleasant Holidays Summer Sale to Hawaii
Pleasant Holidays has announced its Summer Sale to Hawaii, featuring low airfares and a variety of added values from departure cities nationwide. Depending on accommodations selected, added values can include reduced hotel rates on all islands, free upgrades, dining credits and breakfasts, as well as free kids’ stays and room upgrades for weddings and honeymoon couples. Starting rates for three-night summer vacations in Hawaii – including air and accommodations - begin at $641 from Seattle; $647 from San Francisco; $701 per person from Los Angeles; and $753 from Oakland. Rates are based on double occupancy and include round-trip airfare, accommodations, and hotel taxes. Vacations featuring air from departure cities nationwide are also available. Some restrictions may apply.
Visit www.pleasantagent.com, or call 800-448-3333.
LATEST DEALS: Marriott’s Dollar Days Sweetens Deal for Travel Agents
Marriott Resorts Hawaii incentive program - Marriott’s Dollar Days - provides travel agents a $25 American Express Gift Cheque for each booking of five or more consecutive nights at participating resorts in Hawaii. Bookings can be made from now through December 10 for travel between April 1 and December 10. Travel must be completed within the promotional date period and is not valid for groups.
Participating resorts include JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
LATEST DEALS: Free Nights from Warwick Fiji Resort
The Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa on the Coral Coast is offering a “Great Rate Special” for new bookings. Receive a guaranteed Ocean View upgrade while staying for six nights, while only paying for four. In addition, all meals will be included for $30 per person per day. The special resort rate is available for sale through June 29 for travel through March 31, 2009. Blackout dates do apply and this bonus offer cannot be used in conjunction with other market specials. When booking, reference “Warwick Great Rate Special.” For more information, contact Sales & Marketing Manager, Petero Manufolau (679-6530- 555, [email protected], www.warwickfiji.com).