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The Mature Traveler

Discounted Hawaiian Islands Idylls

March 16, 1997|HANK KOVELL

One of the most famous names in travel is Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays, a company that offers discounted package trips to all six Hawaiian islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, Molokai and Lanai.

For even more benefits PHH has added the Makua Club for travelers over 55. There is no charge for membership and it offers: a choice of 20 hotels or condominiums on four islands; complimentary room upgrades when available; car-rental upgrades; a $25 certificate toward the purchase of any excursion; and a certificate good for a large beach towel.

All PHH tours include round-trip air transportation between Southern California cities and Hawaii. Participating airlines include Delta, American Trans Air, United and Hawaiian Airlines. Inter-island flights are on Aloha Airlines. Packages also include a flower lei greeting and transfers with baggage handling and bellman gratuities.

Accommodations range from single rooms without views for two with double or twin beds to two-bedroom suites, which can accommodate up to six guests. Makua Club travelers have a wide choice of options, such as beach location, handicap facilities, swimming pools, restaurants, parking, and accessibility to golf and tennis facilities. Package prices are determined by the size of the room, location and travel dates.

For more information or to order a catalog, call Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays; telephone (818) 991-3390.

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Some security tips issued by the American Hotel and Motel Assn. contains good advice for travelers of any age:

1. Don't answer the door in a hotel or motel room without verifying the caller. If the person claims to be a hotel employee, call the front desk to verify it.

2. When returning to your hotel at night use the main entrance. Look around before entering parking lots.

3. Close your room door securely and use all locking devices provided.

4. Don't display room keys in public or leave them on restaurant tables, at poolside or other locations where they may be stolen.

5. Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying excessive jewelry or money.

6. Do not invite strangers to your room.

7. Place all valuables in the hotel safety deposit box.

8. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

9. Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows or connecting room doors are locked.

10. If you see any suspicious activity, report your observations to hotel security or a member of the management.

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