Airline pass for Hawaiian island flights
Hawaiian Airlines is offering a new pass that permits unlimited interisland travel -- a sort of Eurailpass in the Pacific. The new pass, called the Hawaiian Airpass, is available to non-residents, no matter which airline they use to fly into Hawaii. A visitor can have five days of unlimited flights among the six major Hawaiian islands (the Big Island, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai) for $129, seven days for $149, 10 days for $199 and 14 days for $239. The regular fare for non-residents is $65.95 each way.
The ticket plan, which has no cutoff date, also includes special rates on car rentals, dining, visitor attractions and hotel and condominium accommodations.
Hawaiian's main interisland competitor, Aloha Airlines, is matching one component of Hawaiian's new fare plan: it is offering a five-day Island Hopper fare of $129, which expires Feb. 29. Both airlines offer a $20 discount to travelers over 60 and under 12 on all the special fare programs. For information call Hawaiian at (808) 537-5100 or Aloha at (808) 836-1111. Travelers who are recovering from substance abuse -- drugs or alcohol -- are gaining support from a number of travel services that are designed with the recovering people's needs in mind and include meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and 12-step programs. Serenity Trips, which is organized by George F. Waterman -- 199 Neponset Ave., Dorchester, Mass. 02122; (617) 825-8532 -- will offer a January trip to Cancun, as well as a weekend ski/swim trip to Vermont, and is planning a seven-day Caribbean cruise.
Recovery Adventures -- Box 1377, Brookline, Mass. 02146; (617) 734-8884 -- is organized by Andrew Goldstein and features short vacations in New England. The largest organizer of these trips is Sober Vacations International -- 2365 Westwood Blvd., Suite 21, Los Angeles, Calif. 90064; (213) 470-0606. .
The Stowe ski resort in Vermont will celebrate the commissioning of a new high-speed eight-passenger gondola Dec. 21 with a two-for-one weekend. The area and 28 lodges in Stowe are adding free Saturday night lodging and Sunday skiing to buyers of Friday night lodging and Saturday skiing. A single-day lift ticket at Stowe costs $39; accommodations in the lodges range from $125 to $235 a night for two people.
The Mount Mansfield Co., which operates the resort, says the new gondola is the world's fastest. The gondola replaces a four-passenger gondola, and by running from bottom to top of the eastern portion of the mountain in 6 minutes and 20 seconds does the trip in half the time of the old one. The new model carries 2,400 skiers uphill in an hour, compared with the old gondola's 600 an hour. For information on the two-for-one weekend: (800) 247-8693.
Student travel catalog
The 18th edition of the Student Travel Catalog is now available. This 72-page guide is packed with information on international travel, work, volunteer and study opportunities. The catalog contains information on the Council of International Educational Exchange travel programs, and is aimed primarily at students. But it also contains good information that is handy to all travelers, including cutting travel costs through the use of rail passes and charter flights. Free copies are available at Council Travel offices nationwide or by sending $1 for postage to Council Travel/CIEE, 729 Boylston St., Boston, Mass. 02116; telephone (617) 266-1926.
Ocean Reef to open doors
For the first time in its history, the Ocean Reef Club, one of the nation's most exclusive clubs and the place President Bush and Francois Mitterrand of France met last year, is opening its doors to non-members. The club, on the northern tip of Key Largo in the Florida Keys, has just about every amenity available within its 4,000 acres -- from golf and tennis to children's activities, a dolphin pool and a variety of restaurants. The resort is an hour's drive from Miami, and because of its location gets only 35 percent of Florida's annual rainfall, offering guests a dry and warm vacation throughout the year. Non-members are limited to two visits, and room rates begin at $240 a night, double occupancy. For information call (800) 741-REEF.