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Travel Briefs

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Sunday, September 16, 2001


[ISLAND HOPPING]

Volcano through a lens

For those who view travel as an opportunity to learn, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Seminars is offering a course on "Nature Photography in the Field with Jack Jeffrey."

The class will be held 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, with a full day session in the outdoors, examining native flora and fauna through a lens. Jeffrey will talk about equipment, lighting, composition, scenics, close-ups and photo ethics.

The cost is $60. More information is available by calling the Na Hoaloha Ainahou Office at (808) 985-7373.

Retreat to Waikiki

Escape from the kids for $75 a night at the Royal Garden at Waikiki Hotel. The new kama'aina rate is valid through Dec. 19, based on availability.

The hotel is at 440 Olohana St., just a short stroll away from action-packed Kalakaua Avenue, but if it's a retreat you want, you can always hang out at the swimming pool and dine on the premises at Shizu or Cafe du Monde.

A Hawaii ID is needed at the time of check-in. For reservations, call 943-0202, or toll free at (800) 367-5666. Or log onto www.royalgardens.com.

Web site on the 'Marc'

Marc Resorts recently finished upgrading its Web site, www.marcresorts.com, making it easier to book a stay at any of its 20 Hawaii properties.

The site allows visitors a quick and easy way to check out package deals, preview properties and view a list of different activities available at each property, ranging from intimate boutique hotels, moderate accommodations and full-service luxury condominium resorts.

You can still book the old-fashioned way also, by calling (800) 535-0085.

Quick checkout

Outrigger and OHANA hotels have introduced new checkout procedures to expedite the departure process at all 31 of its properties statewide. Guests are being encouraged to deposit their updated and signed bill in the hotel's Express Checkout box at the end of their stay, removing the need to stand in long lines at departure. Disputed charges can be reconciled at a later date.

In addition, departing guests will receive a fresh flower and luggage tag with a message that reads, "O Kealoha ke kuleana o kahi malihini," meaning "Love is the host in strange lands."

Other temptations:

>> Domestic and international long distance charges waived or reduced by 50 percent.

>> Fees associated with cancellations, early departures and reservation changes waived.

Call (808) 921-6941.







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