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Rigging Up a Bargain in Hawaii

August 06, 1995|HANK KOVELL

The Outrigger hotels in Hawaii is offering a 50 Plus program that gives seniors a 20% discount off published rates at all its properties on four islands, plus an additional 5% off for members of the American Assn. of Retired Persons. There are 21 Outrigger resorts in the Waikiki area of Honolulu, five on Maui, two on Kauai and one on the Big Island of Hawaii. Most Outrigger hotels feature refrigerators and coffee makers, and some have kitchenettes and suites. Guest room prices, with the discount, range from $56 to $64 per night.

Outrigger also offers a "Hawaiian Fantasy Vacation" at the Royal Waikoloan Resort on the Big Island. Guests receive lodging, all meals, a luau and can see a Polynesian show, and do activities such as snorkeling, sunset sailing, glass-bottom boat rides and windsurfing. Daily rates for the package begin at $184 per person, $100 for children ages 12 to 17 and $71 for children 5 to 11. For information, call (800) 688-7444.

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The new La Pacifica Hotel is a small residential hotel in downtown San Diego that offers discounts to travelers over 55 for both daily and weekly stays. Each guest room is a mini-apartment with a kitchenette, microwave and refrigerator. The hotel is five blocks from Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. Adjacent to the hotel is a combined market, deli and sidewalk cafe that serves breakfast and stocks grocery essentials.

Rates are $39.95 for two, a 20% discount off published rates. Weekly rates range from $140 to $220 and are valid any time, including holidays. For reservations, call (619) 236-9292 or write to La Pacifica, 1546 2nd Ave., San Diego, CA 92101.

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More than 20 resorts in Carmel-by-the-Sea have joined to publish a coupon book with discounts for seniors at gift shops, theaters, restaurants galleries and local attractions. Coupons are valid Sunday through Thursday through the end of December. Seniors receive their coupons when checking in at their hotel in Carmel. For a list of participating hotels and other information, write to Carmel Business Assn., P.O. Box 4444, Carmel, CA 93921; tel. (408) 624-2522.

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