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Where the Locals Play

When you live in 'paradise,' where do you go to get away? Savvy islanders reveal their favorite in-state retreats

March 07, 1999|WANDA A. ADAMS | Wanda A. Adams was born in Hawaii; she is a writer and editor in Honolulu

Mauna Kea Resort, Kohala Coast, Big Island; tel. (800) 882-6060. Two properties in one: traditional Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, secluded and quiet, and the relatively new, contemporary Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Golf, tennis. Rates: Mauna Kea begins at $325 for mountain view room, Hapuna Beach Prince begins at $325.

Molokai Ranch, Molokai; tel. (877) PANIOLO. Hawaii-style dude ranch/eco-resort in isolated country locale. Outdoor activities. Rates: $128-$148 including meals, airport transfers, transportation; children 4-12 free with paying adults though Dec. 18, 1999.

Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Kapalua, Maui; tel. (800) 241-3333 or (800) 262-8440. Beachfront resort with ocean views in windy, dramatic Kapalua; golf, art center. Rates begin at $265.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Kohala, the Big Island of Hawaii; tel. (800) 367-2323. 350-room beachfront hotel with open, tropical feel; golf, tennis. Rates begin at $335 for garden-view room.

Four Seasons Hualalai, Hualalai, the Kohala Coast, Big Island; tel. (888) 340-5662. Hawaii's newest luxury resort; 450 generous-size rooms scattered in fourplexes on manicured property; golf, tennis, spa. Rates begin at $450.

Kea Lani, Wailea, Maui; tel. (800) 659-4100. 413-room, beachfront all-suite hotel; good for families; hosts cooking weekends with chefs and winemakers. Deli for in-room dining, spa, near golf. Rates begin at $295.

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