Friday, February 18, 2011

JAL International Fare Fuel Surcharge from April to May 2011

logo_jal.gif Buy your tickets now! Japan Airlines announced today that the fuel surcharge for international flights between Hawaii and Japan will be doubling - from $64 per person one way to $127 per person one way - beginning April 1st 2011. This fuel surcharge will apply to all tickets issued between April 1st and May 31st 2011.

Tickets must be purchased before April 1st to avoid the increased fuel surcharge. With prices projected to continue rising into 2011, its likely that airlines will pass the costs along to the passengers, either through fare hikes or fuel surcharges.

See the Japan Airlines press release for more details.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hawaiian Airlines Direct to Osaka

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Hawaiian Airlines adds direct flights to Osaka.

Hawaiian Airlines announced that it will begin its second Honolulu-Japan flight when it begins daily nonstop service to Osaka in July.

The Osaka flight is the third new Asian route for Hawaiian in less than a year. Hawaiian began daily service to Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport in November and four-times-a-week service to Seoul in January.

Hawaiian’s Osaka service, which will begin July 12 from Honolulu and July 13 from Japan, will use a Boeing 767. Hawaiian Airlines plans to use one of its new Airbus A330-200s for Haneda service in April after the airline’s fourth Airbus is delivered during that month.

Delta Skymiles - For Ever and Ever

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Delta Air Lines Eliminates SkyMiles Mileage Expiration

Delta Air Lines announced it has eliminated the SkyMiles mileage expiration, effective for all accounts as of Jan. 1, 2011. This change makes Delta the only major U.S. carrier without mileage expiration. Previously, miles expired 24 months after a member’s last qualifying mileage activity, which required a member to earn or redeem miles within that period. For more information, visit www.delta.com/skymiles.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Churasa in Hawaii

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Don’t miss this exciting and lively performance! Churasa, a youth EISA group from Tomigusuku, Okinawa is coming to Hawaii to participate in the Honolulu Festival on March 12-13, 2011. During their brief stay in Hawaii, Churasa has asked if they can put on a special performance for Tomigusuku Sonjin Kai, displaying their musical talents, artful dances and skillful acrobatics. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this wonderful group that has won top awards from numerous EISA competitions in Okinawa and Japan. Tomigusuku welcomes you, your family, and friends to come out and enjoy this truly amazing group.

When: Friday, March 11, 2011, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Japanese Cultural Center - Manoa Grand Ballroom
Parking: $5.00 with validation
Admission: Free. Suggested donation of $5 to Churasa on perfomance day.
Dinner: $10. Pre-orders for a deluxe dinner bento (including a beverage) that can be enjoyed either during the show or during the post-show sit-down with the members of Churasa and club officers.

Any questions about this performance, please call Selina Higa at 433-0569 (day) or 677-3453 (eve), email: shiga010@hawaii.rr.com or selina.higa@va.gov; Charlene Oshiro at 392-8414; or Ann Yuuki at 440-9239 (day) or 373-3814 (eve).

If you wish to attend Churasa’s performance, please RSVP by completing the information below and include your check (no cash, please). Deadline is March 5, 2011. Thank you!

No. of people attending _____
No. of Bento(s) _____ x $10.00 = total $_______
Contact Name: _________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________
Telephone: _________________________________________

Mail to: Tomigusuku, c/o Kaneshiro, 98-466 Puaapiki St, Aiea HI 96701

Japan Railways Bullet Train to Kagoshima

With the new extension of the Tohoku Line, Japan Railways will open a new Bullet Train Route in the Kyushu area (the Southwest part of Japan) on March 12th 2011, which enables travel from Shin-Osaka to the final stop of Kagoshima-Chuo in only three hours and 45 minutes, 77 minutes shorter than the current travel time.

The new complete line will be 159.7 miles long between Hakata and Kagoshima. The new connecting Shinkansen line puts Kyushu’s historic landmarks and nature within an easier reach, including Kumamoto Castle, built in the 17th century, and Kagoshima, at the end of the line, the gateway to Yakushima Island, home to a primeval forest of “Yaku-sugi” cedars dating back thousands of years. Yaku-shima Island is registered as a World Natural Heritage Site.