Hawaiian Air is making it a lot easier for you to visit the last state to enter the union by offering nonstop fares from $149.20 from Oakland to Kahului and back. Simply hop onto BART from San Francisco and take the AirBART shuttle that leaves every 10 minutes from the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station. Book by September 14, 2011 for travel from January 10 through March 14, 2012.
Testing the offer, a nonstop flight from Oakland to Kahului (on the island of Maui) on Thursday, January 19 and returning Monday, January 23 came out to a total of $319.80 with all taxes and fees included. Not bad considering that nonstop flights between the Bay Area and Maui routinely top $500 for the high season. Fare calendars showing each day's pricing tells you exactly where the sale fares are.
Outrigger Hotels Resorts has several reasonably priced properties in Maui. The Asian-inspired Outrigger Aina Nalu features studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Each suite has a full kitchen, making it easy for families or friends to save money by cooking groceries from nearby Foodland. Each suite also has a washer/dryer, which you will definitely need after sending a day on the beach snorkeling or just lying about. The best thing about Outrigger Aina Nalu is its location: only a short stroll away from Lahaina's bustling Front Street full of shops, restaurants, bars and historic attractions. Be sure to roll out of bed and walk over to Lahaina Coolers Restaurant & Bar, a favorite with locals for their breakfast service featuring dishes like loco moco, huevos rancheros with kalua pig and eggs benedict made with Hawaiian sweet bread and kalua pig. After a big breakfast there, you may just crawl back into bed and snooze the morning away under the spining ceiling fan.
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