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Hilton Village has kamaaina special
The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa is making it easier for those who need one last hurrah before summer ends. The hotel is offering a rate starting at $165 per night plus tax for kamaaina families between Aug. 19 and Sept. 26, for a mini vacation without traveling far.
Stay entertained with a range of family specials available at the resort. Among the offerings:
Atlantis Submarines: The 48-passenger sub takes explorers about a mile off shore to depths of more than 125 feet to get nose-to-nose with sea creatures. The kamaaina rate is $25 per adult and $20 per child, exclusive of tax and harbor fee. Reserve by calling 949-7827.
Mandara Spa: Hilton guests will enjoy 20 percent off spa services that incorporate Hawaiian, Asian, Western and European beauty and relaxation concepts, including treatments geared toward keiki, such as a "Heavenly Massage," "Surfers' Scrub," "Fabulous Fruity Facial" and "Acne Attack Facial." Book by calling the spa at 945-7721.
Dining: Kamaaina families will receive 15 percent off meals at the property's four restaurants: Bali by the Sea, Golden Dragon, Village Steak and Seafood Restaurant, and Rainbow Lanai. For reservations, call 949-4321, ext. 39.
For room reservations, call 949-4321 and ask for rate code P3. This special is based on availability; some blackout dates may apply. Proof of Hawaii residency required.
Slack key festival scheduled in Kona
Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, on the Big Island, will be the site of the free "Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival-Kona Style," from 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 2.
More than a dozen slack-key musicians will share their love of the unique Hawaiian acoustic guitar art form, also known as ki ho'alu, that began more than 160 years ago on the Big Island. Musicians include Ledward Kaapana, Walter Keale, John Keawe, Pali, Donald Kaulia, Dennis and David Kamakahi and Moon Kahele.
Arts, crafts and food will also be available.
The hotel is at 78-128 Ehukai St. in Kona. For reservations, call 866-716-8109.
Expectant parents pampered at W
Expectant parents can enjoy a "Baby Me" holiday at W Honolulu Diamond Head for some rest and relaxation before the hectic scenario when baby arrives.
The package includes a cotton Whoops Baby Onesie outfit; two items from the hotel's Womb Service Menu; a copy of the "Modern Girls Guide to Motherhood" book; a one-year subscription to the hip parent's guide to parenting, Cookie magazine; a chic Skip and Hop "Duo" diaper bag; a six-month membership and gifts to modernmom.com (valued at $75); and Bliss Foot Patrol, an AHA exfoliating and softening cream with aloe leaf and peppermint.
If a baby is not yet on the way, it's not too late to try for mother- and fatherhood. The "Baby Me" package will be available through April 30, 2008. Rates for the package start at $314 a night for a "Wonderful" category room (usually $495/night). To book, call 866-716-8112 or visit www.starwoodhotels.com/hawaii.
The W Honolulu Diamond Head, on Oahu, is a short walk from Waikiki dining, entertainment and shopping.