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Island Hopping

For Sunday, June 27, 2010

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services

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Honu will be released July 4

Kohala, Hawaii » Besides the nation's birth date, July 4 is also Turtle Independence Day at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows on the Big Island's Kohala Coast.

Since 1989, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows has received 3- to 5-month-old Hawaiian green sea turtles from Oahu's Sea Life Park and raised them in the saltwater ponds of the resort, according to an announcement. When the turtles gain enough weight and grow to a minimum shell length of 35 cm, they are released into the ocean fronting Mauna Lani. Over the years, Mauna Lani has released 206 honu.

The resort will host a barbecue from 9:30 a.m. to noon July 4, with the turtle celebration set from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The turtle celebration is free.

For more information, call 885-6622 or visit www.maunalani.com. For reservations, call 800-367-2323.

 

Crystal Cruises honors Outrigger

Outrigger Travel Inc. of Honolulu was named as a "top luxury travel specialist" by Crystal Cruises, one of the most highly rated luxury cruise lines in the world, according to a release. Only 75 travel agencies worldwide were recognized for their expertise selling luxury cruises.

The travel advisers were recognized earlier this month at the cruise company's 20th Annual Sales Achievement Gala aboard the ultraluxury Crystal Symphony British Isles voyage.

 

Kauai Marathon deal is offered

Poipu, Kauai » The Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation is offering special room rates in conjunction with the Kauai Marathon, which will be held Sept. 5 - Labor Day - in Poipu.

"With the start and finish lines located right in front of the property, we're an ideal location for cheering on your ohana and friends," said Dale Verkaaik, general manager of Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation.

The resort features one- and two-bedroom condominiums with fully equipped kitchens. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 800-OUTRIGGER (688-7444) within the U.S., Guam and Canada. Elsewhere, call 303-369-7777 (long-distance charges apply) or visit www.outriggerkiahunaplantation.com.






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