Hawaii: Mahalo to Condo-Hotels

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Clients can embark on self-guided botanical tours of indigenous plant life, enjoy bbq facilities, or take part in hula lessons, palm-frond weaving demonstrations or lei-making classes.

Another fun choice for guests: on Tuesday evenings, the children of the resort’s Napili Kai Foundation, which helps perpetuate Hawaiian culture among young generations, put on a Polynesian show that they can enjoy for $10 pp (and $5 for kids ages 6-12). On Wednesdays, they can be entertained by some of Hawaii’s most famous musicians, as Napili Kai is also host to the Grammy Award-winning Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series; each ticket is $45. There are several dining options onsite, as well as four swimming pools and a boutique spa.

Napili Kai has a Fifth Night Free offer through Dec. 17 that provides a complimentary fifth night to guests after every four consecutive paid nights at rack rate on selected room categories, plus a 7th Heaven special offering a sixth and seventh night free with a stay of five paid nights. Rates for an oceanfront 1-bedroom suite, which fits up to five, starts at $505 through the same date.

Last December Napili Kai saw the completion of a 20-unit, $4 million renovation of the Puna II building; next spring begins another 20-unit renovation. “Sept. 15, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the corporation and we’ll be celebrating this milestone with our 50th Anniversary contest and other promotions throughout the remainder of 2010,” adds Farnsworth.

aston’s agent rates Aston at Papakea Resort, on the Kaanapali coast of Maui, has great incentives this fall for clients and agents. The oceanfront property, which has two pools, tennis courts and free yoga classes, has low-season rates starting at $141 through Dec. 21 for a garden-view studio. Aston Hotels & Resorts has introduced eduVacations, with special agent-only prices based on each Hawaiian property’s star rating good through Dec. 23 (the brand has 25 hotels and condo resorts in the state). They can stay at the three-palm (i.e., first class) Aston at Papakea Resort for as little as $89 for a studio with a garden view, for instance, or the five-palm (luxury) Aston Waikiki Beach Tower starting at $189.

Aston’s web-based STARs Online Cash Back Bonuses have been extended, which means you can earn up to $50 per booking for travel through Dec. 21 on top of earning STAR points and 10 percent commission on each booking. To enroll or to find out more, visit astonstars.com.