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Kamaaina Deals at Travaasa Hana with Mokulele Airlines

This week, Mokulele Airlines made the the first of its twice-daily roundtrip flights between Kahului Airport and Hana, Maui. Flights start at $59 each way and should be booked well in advance – yes, this is a tiny plane to make the short 20 minute trip to Hana.

This is GREAT news for Kama’aina! While the famous Road to Hana is beautiful and well worth the drive, it still takes at least a couple of hours each way, making it a bit of a deterrent to many who have just a weekend or a few days to stay on-island. So a low-cost daily flight is the perfect answer.

Sea Ranch Cottages at Travaasa Hana (photo courtesy of Travaasa Hana)

>> To sweeten the deal even further, Travaasa Hana is currently offering these Kama’aina Packages only for Hawaii residents:

“Garden Suite Getaway” Package, $295/night

The delightful “Garden Suite Getaway” package includes accommodations in a low-rise bungalow Garden Suite; roundtrip air from Kahului Airport (OGG) to Hana Airport (HNM) on Mokulele Airlines for two (valued at $240); ground transportation to and from the Hana Airport; $25 per person spa credit; $25 per person private activity credit; and $50 food and beverage credit. Based on double occupancy; excluding taxes and service charges. Two-night minimum stay required. Certain restrictions and blackout dates apply. Proof of Hawaii residency is required at check-in.

“Sea Ranch Romance” Package, $395/night

For the ultimate romantic escape, experience Travaasa Hana with the “Sea Ranch Romance” package. This seductive offer includes accommodations in a plantation-style, ocean view Sea Ranch Cottage with a private lanai; roundtrip air from Kahului Airport (OGG) to Hana Airport (HNM) on Mokulele Airlines for two (valued at $240); ground transportation to and from the Hana Airport; $25 per person spa credit; $25 per person private activity credit; and $50 food and beverage credit. Based on double occupancy; excluding taxes and service charges. Two-night minimum stay required. Must be 16 years or older to stay in Sea Ranch Cottage. Certain restrictions and blackout dates apply. Proof of Hawaii residency is required at check-in.

>>To book, visit www.travaasa.com/hana and enter rate code KAMAAINA, or call Travaasa Hana, Maui directly at (808) 248-8211.

>> Looking for hotel or other Kama’aina deals? Visit our Kama’aina Travel Deals page.
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Travel Tips: How to Save Money on Hotels with Hotwire

New York City hotels are notoriously expensive, especially at the last minute. So how did I manage to score a 3 1/2 star hotel for less than $140/night with only two days notice? Hotwire.com!

If you’ve never used Hotwire before – or even if you have – you may be a bit leery at my suggestion. The way the site works is that when hotels have unsold inventory, they pass it over to Hotwire.com to sell without revealing the name of the property until after you book. The reason for this is that revealing their rock bottom prices would make it difficult for these hotels to continue charging their normal rates on their website and other hotel booking services.

The good news for you is that there is a way to get around the “anonymous” booking feature, by using a website called BetterBidding.com.
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24 Hours in Denver

While I wish that I could say that I had a gorgeous view of the Rockies while flying into Denver International Airport, the woman sitting next to me kept sticking her frizzy head of hair into my line of sight out the window. Alternately glancing fearfully out the window and leaning her head onto the seat in front of her, she kept her hands tightly clasped in front of her, as if praying. (Which made me wonder why she would sit next to a window if she’s afraid of flying??)

Welcome to Denver! (Fortunately I never had to use a tornado shelter!)


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Where to Stay in Denver: The Curtis

The Curtis is definitely not a hotel for people who take themselves too seriously. From the moment you walk through the doors, you’re practically begged to leave your grown up inhibitions behind and to get in touch with your inner kid.

Pop culture touches everywhere, even on the street corner outside.


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Where to Stay on Maui: Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

While the Ka’anapali strip is now home to flashier, more luxurious properties all competing to out-do one another, there is something that remains timeless about Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. Proudly known as “Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel,” KBH really does it’s best to live up to it’s reputation.

Employees participate in a cultural awareness program called Po’okela and genuinely seem happy to be there. Many have worked there for decades. There are programs and activities for guests like lei-making, ukulele classes, and more. When you walk into the grounds you’ll see beautiful landscaping with plants like taro and plumeria trees throughout. We were lucky enough to be visiting right in the middle of plumeria season – the scent of the flowers in the evening was absolutely heavenly.


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