Hotel Review: Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

The Fairmont Kea Lani on the island of Maui stands on a sloping, 22-acre site which gently descends to the sands of Polo Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

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The new Narita route will complement Hawaiian Airlines’ existing daily service from its Honolulu hub to Tokyo Haneda Airport, providing two daily flight options to travelers in the Greater Tokyo region, according to the carrier.

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This winter WestJet is launching two new routes to Florida, one to Mexico and one to Costa Rica, as well as adding more than 85 flights throughout its domestic and international networks. Additionally, WestJet Encore will launch three-times-daily service between Toronto and Boston.

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Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is offering an introductory one-way fare of $199 for tickets purchased by March 9 for travel on Mondays and Thursdays between April 15 and June 6, 2015.

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Alaska Airlines is launching three-times-weekly, non-stop service between San Diego and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii on March 5.

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Mokulele Airlines will operate new routes between Kalaeloa on Oahu and Molokai; Kalaeloa and Kapalua on Maui; Kapalua and Molokai; and Kapalua and Hana on Maui.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has won firm sales on March 31 from three airlines for three more CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and four more Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners, and has booked options on four more Q400 NextGens.

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Blossoming beside the Pacific Ocean on the Kohala Coast, in the northwest corner of the Big Island, the Orchid is a beautiful, comfortable base from which to explore.

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The Kea Lani – which opened as a Ritz-Carlton in 1991 – has 413 rooms. Every room in the landmark hotel is actually a one-bedroom suite. Outside, on the lush 22-acre grounds, stand 13 posh two- and three-bedroom villas.

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Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch non-stop service between Honolulu and China’s capital Beijing in April 2014, pending approvals by U.S. and Chinese regulatory agencies. However, Hawaiian will discontinue its under-performing non-stop Manila service this summer, its last outbound flight on the route leaving Honolulu on July 31.

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A newly formed holding company owned by Lawrence J. Ellison, the third-richest U.S. citizen, has bought Hawaiian regional airline Island Air.

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In summer 2013, Hawaiian Airlines will offer twice-daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles and Maui for the first time, in response to growing demand during the peak travel period.

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Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin America have signed cooperative marketing agreements with each other in order to expand the reach of their respective networks and provide a range of new travel benefits for their customers.

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Island Air, a regional carrier in Hawaii, has signed a letter of intent to lease five ATR 42 turboprop regional airliners. Honolulu-based Island Air signed the lease agreement with Chicago’s Aerway Leasing, LLC.

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Hawaiian Airlines is launching three-times-weekly, non-stop service between Honolulu and Auckland in New Zealand on March 13, 2013. According to Hawaiian, it will be the only U.S. carrier flying to Auckland, which is New Zealand’s largest city.

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Operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, it is the first St. Regis in Hawaii. The St. Regis Princeville Resort’s bay views are framed on the far shore by rugged mountains that served as Hollywood’s stand-in for Bali Hai when the movie version of ‘South Pacific’ was shot on Kauai in 1958.

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Hawaiian Airlines has its share of hiccups, but in this writer’s experience, HA trumps its much larger main competitor on mainland-Hawaii routes, United Airlines, 10 times out of 10 when it comes to unfeigned warmth, superior food and beverage choices and all-around customer service.

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Alaska Airlines is launching new weekly, seasonal service between Anchorage and Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i on November 10. The non-stop seasonal service to Kona will end on April 7, 2013.

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Members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline. Travelers will also be able to connect between the two carriers to points throughout the East Coast and Hawaii, with the signing of a new codeshare agreement.

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