Finding dolphins is no trouble when they seem to enjoy racing with vessels such as the Hoku Nai'a.
Cruise island waters and seek out dolphins
Get a close-up view of some of the ocean's most entertaining creatures during Hoku Nai'a's Wild Dolphin Watch & Lunch Cruise.
The cruise departs from Waianae Boat Harbor at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays to Sundays on a two-hour search for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, which might also include turtle and seasonal whale sightings.
A crew of certified naturalists provide narration, a video presentation and keiki program, sharing information about the fascinating creatures.
When cruise-goers get hungry, a lunch of freshly grilled, create-your-own gourmet burger awaits.
The cost is $65 for adults and $39 for ages 3 to 11. Kamaaina and military rates are available with valid Hawaii ID. Call 983-STAR (7827) or toll-free (800) 334-6191, or visit www.starofhonolulu.com.
Head to Hana for blissful nuptials
Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa, voted as one of "Hawaii's Top 10 Hotels for Honeymooners" by WeddingChannel.com, is offering new packages for Hawaiian destination weddings.
The "Ohana" wedding package, in addition to including the wedding site and amenities such as flowers, music and photography, features a private reception for up to 40 guests at the Plantation House, the Garden Pool Pavilion or the Hamoa Pavilion for beach weddings. The reception is complete with elegant banquet set-up and three choices of canaps.
The bridal couple will enjoy two nights' accommodations in a Deluxe Oceanview Sea Ranch Cottage with a private hot tub. They will also receive a welcome basket of fruits and cheeses, a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, a personalized wedding gift, daily breakfast, two Honua Spa robes, and one 90-minute spa treatment each at Honua Spa. The package starts at $10,000.
Other new wedding packages include the "Hana Bay" package for $1,750, the "Koki" package for $3,250 and the comprehensive "Hamoa" package for $5,500. These packages include choice of on-site location and arrangements for the marriage license and officiant, flowers, music, and photography.
Fully customized ceremonies and receptions can be designed through the hotel's online Wedding Builder (http://www.hotelhanamaui.com/).
Wedding party spa days can also be arranged and can include lunch overlooking Hana Bay.
Call (808) 270-3286, visit http://www.hotelhanamaui.com/weddings.shtml, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel green with Outrigger
Those staying at properties in the Outrigger Condominium Collection for a minimum of two nights will receive a reusable "green" travel tote that replaces need for single-use paper and plastic bags to reduce waste headed for Hawaii landfills.
The durable, spacious travel totes measure 16-by-16-by-4 inches and offer a convenient carry-all when shopping for groceries to cook up in the condo kitchens or for toting souvenirs or picnic lunches. Additional travel totes will cost $2.99 each
For stays, call toll-free at 1-800-OUTRIGGER (688-7444) or visit www.outriggercondos.com.