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Newsletter: Hawaii and South Pacific, 6/11/08

Hawaiian Airlines Raises Fares and Surcharges


Hawaiian Airlines announced an increase to its fuel surcharges in response to the continuing escalation in fuel costs resulting from record level oil prices. This is the second raise in fuel surcharges for Hawaiian in less than a month.

“The relentless rise in fuel costs leaves us with no choice but to pass some of these increasing costs on to the consumer,” said Keoni Wagner, Hawaiian’s vice president of public affairs.

Effective immediately, Hawaiian is adopting the following fuel surcharges for transpacific service between Hawaii and the following destinations:

Mainland U.S.: Increase of $20 each way, from $100 to $120.

Pago Pago: Increase of $20 each way, from $110 to $130.

Papeete: Increase of $20 each way, from $120 to $140.

The Honolulu/Manila increase of May 22 remains the same, when it was raised $35, from $115 to $150. There has been no change to the existing $100 surcharge from Manila to Honolulu.


Join Tribewanted on the Fijian Island of Vorovoro

Tribewanted offers international travelers the opportunity to live on a remote Fijian island as part of a genuine tribe. Guests come to live and work alongside the local community on the Island of Vorovoro, based in the North of Vanua Levu, near the scenic town of Labasa.

The aim of the project is to create a sustainable village by utilizing natural resources such as rainwater and wind to connect to electricity, as well as catching fish and growing and harvesting vegetables. Guests are offered the opportunity to get involved with village life activities including gardening, building projects, cooking and fishing, however they are also free to simply come to relax, hike around the island, sunbath or snorkel. A maximum of 30 guests stay on the island, so availability is limited. The price is $600 for seven nights, this includes airport pickups, five meals a day, and accommodation is shared in local bures and vales on the island. Tribewanted pays agents 10 percent commission. Visit

Shantel Burns Promoted to Sales Manager at the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk


Shantel Burns has been promoted to sales manager for the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk. In her new role, Burns is responsible for working with travel industry and wholesale partners and third party art distribution sales efforts for Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk.

Additionally, Burns will manage all special retail promotions for the resort. Burns has been in the hospitality industry for 20 years and has held numerous managerial positions in sales and hotel reservations. Prior to joining Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk, Burns worked for Apple Vacations Hawaii, NCL America and ResortQuest Hawaii (formerly Aston Hotels & Resorts).

Featured Attraction: BIGTI Tours:
Makai to Mauka Deluxe Excursion


BIGTI Tours' new Makai to Mauka Deluxe Excursion leaves the Big Island’s Honokhau Harbor for a four-hour dolphin odyssey. After a light lunch back at the harbor, it's off to the upper slopes of Huallai to Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, the largest organic coffee farm in the U.S.

The tour includes stops at Living Stones Church and King Kamehameha's last resting place. Cost is $225 per person. Visit

Event to Remember:
26th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival:
August 13-16:
Queen Kapiolani Park - Honolulu,


Slack key guitar originated in Hawaii in the 19th century with Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys), and is continuing to gain popularity today. Slack key collection albums have won Grammy awards in the Best Hawaiian Music category for the last three years.

The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, founded in 1982, celebrates the cultural importance and preserves this unique acoustic guitar art form. The festival features performances by well-known slack key musicians and Grammy winners including Ledward Ka’apana, Cyril Pahinui and Keoki Kahumoku. Visit

Air Tahiti Nui

Air Tahiti Nui is welcoming all past travelers to Tahiti and Her Islands with a Return to Paradise anniversary sale. With proof of a past French Polynesia visit, passengers receive one free companion ticket when they buy one roundtrip economy ticket. The limited time offer is valid on bookings made by June 30 for flights from Los Angeles and New York to Tahiti between August 18 and September 24. There is a 10-day maximum stay; the companion is only responsible for government taxes and fuel surcharges of approximately $317. Both passengers (paid and free) must travel together on the whole journey. Visit or call 877-824-4846.

Ka'anapali Ali'i

The “Gas on Us” offer includes $200 gas credit and a 5th night free at Maui oceanfront condo Ka’anapali Ali’i.

The oceanfront Ka’anapali Ali’i on Maui has a “Gas on Us” package offering a $200 gas credit and a fifth night free when guests stay four nights in an Ka’anapali Ali’i condo rental. The $200 gas credit can be used during their vacation or when they return home.  Reservations can be made anytime from now through August 31 with travel anytime from now through December 19. Offer is valid in select categories and is based on availability. The Ka’anapali Ali’i resort condominium rates start at $425 during Regular Season (June 1-August 23) and $395 during Value Season (August 24-December 19) for a One Bedroom Garden View unit. Ka’anapali Ali’i is managed by Classic Resorts. Visit

Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays’ is offering a “Companion 50 Percent Off” sale on select nonstop flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. The half-off fares are valid when combined with a minimum five-night hotel stay on any of the Hawaiian Islands; good for travel July 1 through September 30 from San Francisco; or between August 18 through September 30 from Los Angeles. Vacation packages featuring air and five nights' hotel begin at $676 per person from Los Angeles; and $707 from San Francisco. Rates are based on double occupancy and include nonstop round-trip airfare, accommodations, hotel taxes, and more. Vacations featuring air from additional departure cities nationwide are also available. Travelers who may already have their own air can purchase hotel-inclusive vacation packages from Pleasant Holidays. For additional information and reservations, visit or call 800-448-3333.

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