Catch the rodeo at Parker Ranch
If you're on the Big Island, head over to the 34th annual Parker Ranch Round-Up Club Rodeo, ending today at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea and celebrating 2008 as the Year of the Paniolo.
The family fun includes open and team roping, steer wrestling and double mugging, bull riding, wahine barrel racing, wahine steer un-decorating and more.
The action runs from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the gate, with children 10 and younger admitted free. Call 885-5669 or visit www.parkerranch.com.
Island Air flies nonstop to Kona
Island Air announces it will offer nonstop Honolulu-to-Kona service beginning Friday.
The service will be available Fridays and Sundays, with daily nonstop service beginning Sept. 16.
Island Air offers 480 weekly flights between Oahu, Maui (Kahului Airport and West Maui's Kapalua Airport), Molokai, Lanai, Kauai and the Big Island (Hilo Airport and Kona Airport). Visit www.islandair.com.
Aqua welcomes same-sex couples
Aqua Hotels & Resorts is offering a "Rainbow Honeymoon" deal for same-sex couples at eight Waikiki hotels.
The special includes a convertible from Dollar Rent A Car, one-hour AquaSPA couples massage treatment, a queen- or king-size bed and a selection of free amenities that vary depending on the hotel, such as daily continental breakfast, high-speed Internet or WiFi and daily local newspaper.
A Saturday "Hula's Catamaran Cruise" around Diamond Head is available for an additional fee of $20 per person for couples staying through the weekend. Rates start at $198 per night for a minimum three-night stay at the following properties:
» Aqua Waikiki Beachside and Park Shore, geared toward those looking for comfortable accommodations across from Waikiki Beach.
» Hotels in the Equus Aqua Boutique Collection, with the amenities and ambience of an upscale property at a reasonable rate and including Aqua Aloha Surf & Spa, Aqua Bamboo & Spa, Coconut Waikiki Hotel, Aqua Palms & Spa and Aqua Waikiki Wave.
Rates are valid until Dec. 21. Drivers must be 25 or older. The special cannot be combined with other offers. To reserve, visit www.aquaresorts.com or call Aqua toll free at (866) 406-2782 and ask for the Rainbow Honeymoon special.
Aqua hotels are TAG approved (tagapproved.com), having demonstrated support of the gay community.
Go Card equal to a city pass
Before setting out on your next trip, visit www.gocardusa.com
for Go Cards providing unlimited admission to 30 to 60 attractions in a destination city. Cards are good for increments of one, two, three, five or seven days.
Go Cards are available for Maui and Oahu. Bonuses associated with the Oahu Go Card include a choice of a surf lesson, admission to the Polynesian Cultural Center, a one-day economy car rental or admission to Germaine's Luau. The one-day Oahu card starts at $44.99 ($34.99 for 12 and younger).
The Maui card, starting at $399.99 for three days, is available at a 25 percent discount through Thursday.