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Hawaii: Outrigger paddling

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Globe Correspondent / February 1, 2004

How to get there

Lowest upcoming round-trip air fare between Boston's Logan International Airport and Kona International Airport at press time were about $780 round trip, connecting through Los Angeles on American Airlines.

What to do

Fairmont Orchid
1 North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast
808-885-2000
www.fairmont.com/orchid
Outrigger canoe lessons are $75 for one day, $150 for a three-day program. Rooms are $299-$669, suites $729-$2099, depending on the season.

Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors
Box 390664, Keauhou
808-324-0442
www.surflessonshawaii.com
Two-hour lessons cost $115 and more intensive five-hour surf camps are $165. Surfboards, rash guards, protective footwear, sunblock, refreshments included.

Jack's Diving Locker
75-5813 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona
800-345-4807
www.jacksdivinglocker.com
Scuba divers are taken on manta ray night excursions when conditions permit. Two tank dives, weights, and dinner are $95 (snorkeling is $50); other equipment rental available at additional cost.

Where to stay

Fairmont Orchid (see above)
Rooms $299-$669, and suites $729-$2099, depending on the season.

Where to eat

The Grill
Fairmont Orchid (see above)
With fresh, contemporary Pacific cuisine, The Grill is the place to go for an upscale romantic dinner; ask for a table on the outdoor terrace and watch the sun sink in an inky blue sky behind rows of soaring palms. Must-haves: Hawaiian walu (butterfish) with a fennel pollen crust ($31) and a side of Waimea sweet corn, grilled and sauteed in butter ($7).

Island Lava Java Cafe
75-5799 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona
808-327-2161
This casual local favorite serves excellent coffee and espresso drinks, breakfast plates (banana nut waffles, $4.95), soups and salads.

South Kona Fruit Stand & Nursery
4770 Mamalahoa Highway=
808-328-8547
A stunning array of tropical treats -- starfruit, mangoes, papayas, passionfruit, pineapples -- most grown on the adjoining farm.

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