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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Jan. 18

Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu adds Keawe Ocean Adventures program for guests who want to enjoy guided water activities; Two Galveston Island historic hotels will observe the Mardi Gras with history, live music, food, parade viewing and a salute to the Chinese New Year; and Horizon Air will offer non-stop summer flights from Los Angeles to Mammoth beginning April 12, 2010 and continuing through September.

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Hawaii's Kahala Hotel and Resort Expands Adventures Program

The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii has kicked up the fun factor for guests by adding Keawe Ocean Adventures to its list of activities, which also includes the popular Dolphin Quest and Kahala Kids programs.

According to the resort, Keawe Ocean Adventures sees the beach as a journey of fun and discovery. Their ocean experts are inspirational guides that make seemingly difficult water activities accessible no matter what age or skill level. All activities take place in Maunalua Bay, fronting The Kahala from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Guests can learn how to surf, do stand-up paddleboard, snorkel, spear fish, try outrigger canoe surf, and fly fish. Guided beach programs are open to all ages.

The Keawe Ocean Adventures program (and pricing) includes:

  • Fly Fishing. Bonefish (oio in Hawaiian) thrive in the sandy, shallow waters off The Kahala. Guests catch five- to 10-pound oio from an outrigger canoe with light tackle and spinner rods. $150 for 1.5 hours; $300 for 3 hours.
  • Surfing. Private surf lessons, all the gear you need (including rash guards and reef walkers), and guides that point you to the right surf spot within seconds make for fantastic surf adventure. For advanced surfers, mini surf trips to nearby spots can also be arranged. $100 for 1 hour.
  • Stand Up Paddling. A blend of surfing and paddling, and a great core workout, hour-long private lessons allow plenty of time to learn this balancing act. $100 for 1 hour.
  • Outrigger Canoe Surfing. Catch waves in an 18-foot outrigger canoe for an exhilarating Hawaiian roller coaster ride. Session comes with a life vest, safety lesson, and an experienced waterman. $75 per person for 30 minutes.
  • Snorkeling. Access remote snorkeling areas in an outrigger canoe to see a variety of colorful reef fish. $65 per person for 1 hour.
  • Spear Fishing. Learn the basics of Hawaiian three-prong spear fishing. $150 for 1.5 hours.

For more information about the new program, visit the Web site at www.keaweadventures.com .

With 338 guestrooms, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is an exclusive oceanfront destination resort known for its service and hospitality. Just minutes from Waikiki, yet offering the peace and serenity of a neighbor island experience.

The Kahala has five restaurants including the award-winning Hoku's, a spa, and a lagoon that is home to playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. It recently completed a US$52 million renovation of its 338 rooms and suites as well as meeting space and public areas.

For more information, contact The Kahala Hotel & Resort at (800) 367-2525 or visit the Web site at

Galveston Island Hotels To Toast Mardi Gras with Music, Parade Viewing

Saying Louisiana isn't the only place that celebrates Mardi Gras, Galveston Island's historic Texas hotels - Hotel Galvez & Spa and The Tremont House, both Wyndham Grand Hotels - will observe the 2010 Mardi Gras with history, live music, food, parade viewing and a salute to the Chinese New Year.

As part of the 2010 Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration, The Tremont House is hosting an exhibit entitled, "26 Years of Celebrations Through Invitations and Doubloons" on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of the city's ArtWalk. The exhibit features framed invitations and doubloons from its annual Mardi Gras balls dating back to 1985 when the hotel opened in conjunction with the city's revival of Mardi Gras in Galveston. The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday Brunch at the Hotel Galvez will take on a New Orleans flair during the Galveston Mardi Gras season beginning on Sunday, Jan. 24 and continuing on every Sunday through Sunday, Feb. 14, complete with Mardi Gras beads for all guests. The cost is $32 for adults; $28 for senior citizens; and $19 for children ages 6 to 12. For reservations, call (409) 765-7721 or visit

The first parade of the season in Galveston is at noon on Saturday, Feb. 6 with the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius 25th Annual Parade. The parade starts at 14th and Seawall Blvd. and passes directly in front of Hotel Galvez. The Galveston County Firefighters Association Fire Truck Parade begins at 3 p.m. on 14th and Seawall Blvd. This parade also passes directly in front of the hotel. The last Seawall parade of the evening, The Krewe of Gambrinus "Cheers to Our Buds: The Del Papa Family" Parade, begins at 6 p.m. on 23rd and Seawall and just two blocks west of the hotel.

Guests at The Tremont House can enjoy a special freempreview performance by the Quaker City String Band at 5 p.m. in front of the hotel. New Orleans native and jazz clarinetist Dr. Michael White and his Jazz Quartet will perform in the hotel's Toujouse Bar from 7 to 10 p.m. Shortly after 8 p.m., the Krewe Babulu 5th Annual All Krewe Parade is passing in front of the hotel.

Galveston's Mardi Gras celebration peaks during The Tremont House 26th Annual Mardi Gras Ball and Parade Viewing Party celebrating "A Chinese New Year" on Saturday, Feb. 13. The ball begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $350 per couple.

For Mardi Gras ball reservations, call (409) 763-0300 or purchase tickets online at

Hotel Galvez & Spa and The Tremont House, owned by the George Mitchell family and part of Mitchell Historic Properties, are members of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. For reservations, call (800) WYNDHAM, or visit

Horizon Air Expands Mammoth Mountain Service with Summer Flights from LAX

Building upon the success of its winter air service to California's Mammoth Lakes resort area, Horizon Air will offer non-stop summer flights from Los Angeles to Mammoth beginning April 12, 2010 and continuing through September.

The new summer flights will give travelers easy access to one of the country's premiere recreational destinations featuring an extensive mountain biking and trail system, golf, spectacular scenery and world-class shopping, dining and lodging plus nearby Yosemite National Park.

"We are very excited to welcome new visitors from Northern California and the Pacific Northwest and making the trip easier for those in Southern California," said Town Manager Rob Clark. "Our 300 days of sunshine will brighten their experience."

The 70-minute flight will depart from LAX and arrive at the Mammoth Yosemite Airport, just 15 minutes from the Mammoth resort area. The flight will substantially reduce travel time for the thousands of Southern Californians who have driven the five or more hours to arrive at the popular resort area.

In addition, it will bring to Mammoth a new group of travelers who may have never considered visiting the area due to the long drive as well as provide more convenient access to the nearby Yosemite National Park and Devils Postpile National Monument.

"Our winter air service to Mammoth has met with phenomenal success," said Dan Russo, Horizon's vice president of marketing and communications. "Now summer travelers from Southern California also will be able to easily access one of the country's most popular vacation destinations and Yosemite, a treasured national park."

Horizon will operate all flights to Mammoth with 76-seat Bombardier Q400s. This high-speed, twin-engine turboprop is one of the most technologically advanced regional aircraft in the world.

Tickets for Horizon flights are available at
www.horizonair.com or by calling (800) 547-9308.