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New Bay Area to Kona Flights

May 15th, 2010 · Big Island Travel

Alaska Airlines comes to KonaIf you are traveling from the Bay Area to Kona, be sure to check the new Alaska Airlines service from Oakland and San Jose.  A lot of people are used to flying  other airlines to Hawaii, and may not think of Alaska Airlines as an option. But twice this year I have found the best deals for round trips from Oakland to Kona on Alaska.

Even nicer are the flight times. You can avoid the dreaded (by some at least) late evening departure and red-eye flight back from Hawaii. Alaska’s return flights to Oakland and San Jose leave at the civilized hour of 11:15 AM.

It’s nice to see airlines adding new Hawaii routes, since the trend for the past couple years has been more the opposite. Getting to the Big Island from the West Coast became more complicated and more expensive when Aloha Airlines folded abruptly March 2008.

Alaska Airlines began regular flights to Kona from Oakland last fall, and added the direct San Jose – Kona service in March 2010. Seasonal flights from Portland to Kona will be added beginning November 12, 2010, and last through April 2011. Alaska also has also announced plans to increase its Seattle-Kona service later this year.

The airline has added other new Hawaii routes as well, including new daily flights from Sacramento to Maui, and a San Diego to Maui service beginning in October.

A one-way rate of $199 for OAK-KOA is still being offered through early June. Then prices go up a bit for the busier summer months, and back down to $228 by late August.  If you are looking for the lowest rates, be sure to use the alaskaairlines.com “low fare calendar” feature.

Bay Area travelers should particularly note Alaska’s offsetting weekly schedule for discount fares:  The lowest rates for Oakland – Kona are on Tuesdays and Thursday, and for San Jose – Kona on Mondays and Wednesdays.

While travel to Hawaii seems to be on the upswing, it’s still a renter’s market.  Our Kanaloa condo has been staying booked with specials from $107/night, and we are offering our lowest summer rates since we began doing vacation rentals in 2001. The calendar is starting to fill in, so book your trip now!

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A New Look for Kanaloa at Kona Vacation Rentals

January 22nd, 2010 · Kanaloa at Kona

I was in Kona recently doing some work on the condo, which was in need of a bit of freshening. At the same time I realized that the kona1.com site could perhaps use a new look as well–the old yellow and blue theme was starting to look a bit dated. All it took was a new WordPress theme, a little tweaking of pages and files, and here it is, the fresh new face of Kanaloa at Kona vacation rentals.

Speaking of my Kona visit, the surf was high and I had fun photographing the spectacle of big waves crashing on the rocks in front of Kanaloa and over at the Shereaton. Got distracted at one point and as a result got pretty drenched by spray from a monster wave that kicked up high over my head!

With a block of open days due to a late cancellation, and a full schedule looming including guests soon to arrive for a four-week stay, I wanted to take the opportunity to make a few improvements. I got through most of the task on my list, including replacing a broken window blind, some painting and refinishing, and putting in new faucets in the master bathroom.

The TV in the living room was fine but old, I put in a new flatscreen which is nicer. Added a small ipod-compatible stereo and moved the old one to the master bedroom. I discovered some of the cookware was looking a little worse for wear, so there is now a nice new set of pots and frying pans, and various other new/updated kitchen items.

Also I finally put in a wireless router so there is now a WiFi network specifically for Kanaloa 1002 and accessible throughout the unit, including the lanai.

It had been too long since I visited Kanaloa, and it was nice to be reminded again what a special place it is. I was delighted to see how nice everything is looking with all the resort-wide painting and repairs now complete. The gardens and landscaping were looking as fresh and beautiful as ever, everything well tended-to and lots flowers in bloom.

For that trip I took advantage of the new Alaska Airlines service from Oakland to Kona, which seems to be the best bargain around right now for getting to Hawaii from northern California. On the right dates seats have been available in the $375 range round-trip.

With a short amount of time and lots of work to do I didn’t have much time to relax and enjoy, except for my photography excursions. Looking forward to a return trip in March where fun will be on the top of the agenda.

Aloha all and enjoy the new site–and check out the Kanaloa slideshow!

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Kanaloa at Kona Lodging Update

December 17th, 2008 · Kanaloa at Kona, Kona lodging

A few updates to report regarding our Kanaloa at Kona rental condo, and the Kona1 Vacation Rentals website.

December 16, 2008

Our Kona condo has some great new features. In July we installed a new Jenn-Aire range in the kitchen–the old stove was really starting to show its age. We also put in new carpeting and new sleeper-sofas in the living room, and made various other minor improvements. Also this summer, Outrigger completed the final year of a three-year, resort-wide painting project. Just in time for the economic downturn, the place is looking really nice! [Read more →]

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Kona Condo Bargains

April 25th, 2008 · Kanaloa at Kona, Kona lodging

It’s costing a bit more to travel to the Big Island this summer, and some are worried the Hawaii tourism industry may suffer as a result. But the good news for Kailua-Kona travelers is that many Kona condo rental prices are down, as owners seek to fill their calendars. And there’s an easy way to make this year’s trip to the Big Island less expensive than the last one.

Oceanfront—or not?

The big expenses associated with any Hawaiian vacation of course are airfare and lodging. The former you can’t do much about, beyond shopping around for the best deal. But when it comes to choosing your hotel, resort or vacation rental property, a wide range of options exists. [Read more →]

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Vog Closes Volcano Park

April 10th, 2008 · Big Island Travel

April 10, 2008. On Tuesday a reversal of the normal tradewind pattern brought a cloud of volcanic gas (“vog” = volcanic smog) into portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park normally open to visitors. The Park was quickly shut down, and some two thousand visitors were quickly ushered out of the area. The Park remained closed on Wednesday, as did a school in the nearby town of Volcano. [Read more →]

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Aloha Airlines Shutdown!

March 30th, 2008 · Big Island Travel

March 30, 2008. All Hawaii travelers take note: Aloha Airlines just announced they’re going out of the passenger travel business as of…tomorrow. Purchased Aloha Airlines tickets after March 31, 2008, will not be honored. [Read more →]

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Kilauea Explosions

March 20th, 2008 · Big Island Travel

March 20, 2008

Kilauea volcano is showing some very interesting activity this week! Apparently a gas build-up caused some significant explosions, resulting in rocks and gravel raining down on a portion of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park normally open to visitors. As of now some trails in the park and parts of the Chain of Craters Road are closed due to elevated levels of volcanic gases, and I suppose also risk of further explosions. [Read more →]

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Kona car rental options

March 19th, 2008 · Big Island Travel

Our Kona condo guests often ask about the best deals on car rentals in the Kailua-Kona area. Unfortunately it is hard to see what the Big Island has to offer without a car. The good news is that rental prices are generally reasonable (although gas prices in Hawaii are frightening!) [Read more →]

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