Melville and the Pacific

Third International Melville Conference


How can I get a less expensive flight to Hawai'i?

The conference is planned to take advantage of “off season” airline rates (from most places), saving you up to several hundreds of dollars over high-season fares from some destinations.  A place to start looking for less expensive airfares would be some of the web sites that advertise lowest fares ( or  A travel agent can help find lower fares, too; AAA agents can sometimes (not always) turn up  surprisingly good fares.  Agents can also find package deals (flight, hotel, & car), which are—bizarrely enough—sometimes less costly than airfares alone. If you travel often, a frequent flier program whose “rewards” somewhat relieve the high costs of travel may offer the best deal in the long run.

Ask a travel agent or your airlines about comparative costs of direct flights from the West Coast to the airport at Kahului, Maui, and to Kahului via Honolulu (just a 20 minute or so flight, but often involving a change of planes). If you want to visit one of the neighboring islands on your trip, a travel agent or your airline agent can usually build a stop into your tickets for less than you can pick up a flight once you’re here in the Islands.

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Can you tell me more about the conference hotel discount and accommodations?

The Royal Lahaina Resort is encouraging us to stay three days before the conference and three days afterwards at the conference rate.  The discounted fee ($155 plus tax and, if you choose, a small “resort fee” for parking, in-room coffee service, etc.) pertains to either single or double occupancy, with $15 per night for a third person.  Rooms all have some ocean view.  The Resort offers pleasant, open grounds and a lovely swimming beach, in addition to the usual resort amenities.

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