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New Meetup: Soul in the Sun: Onyx Trip to Waikiki Beach

From: Lakeisha
Sent on: Saturday, February 21, 2009 4:53 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Onyx (Bay Area Black Professionals)!

What: Soul in the Sun: Onyx Trip to Waikiki Beach

When: May 21,[masked]:15 AM

Price: $50.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Greetings Onyx,
Okay, for the past few months I've been seaching for the perfect summer beach vacation to for the group. See Calgon, take me to the beach! Well, after receiving a number of options, I've decided on a trip-

Destination: The destination of choice is Waikiki Beach (Honolulu), Hawaii.
Why Hawaii? Well, aside from being gorgeous and having incredible culture, Hawaii is a painless 5 hour flight from SFO- which means, we'll leave in the morning on Thursday and be on the beach chilling in the afternoon no fuss, no muss. Me likely.

Why Oahu?: In addition to beautiful beaches, hiking, surfing, snokeling and cultural activities, Oahu has a night life. So they'll be no shortage of options for everyone from the beach bum, the adventure traveler, and the party goer.

When: Thursday May 21, 2009- Monday May 25, 2009
Yes, I realize this is Memorial Day weekend. This is deliberate as it will require people to use a mere two days of vacation for five days, four nights of relaxing in paradise.

About the Outrigger Hotel: The hotel comes well recommended. It is one of the few hotels directly on Waikiki beach and has lots of amenities to enjoy (like the beach bar and the spa- my two preferred destinations!!). And for all you techheads that can't manage five days without internet access, the Outrigger has FREE internet access.

We will be staying in a city view room that has two double beds and a sofa bed, so technically 3 people can stay in each room.

Are you excited yet??..... well then, let's get into the nitty gritty details

Hotel Booking:
Okay, I found a deal at the Outrigger on that expires on February 23- yes that's monday. The 4-night stay is either:

$661.51 if two people stay in one room or
$890.43 if three people stay in one room

With two people in a room, the cost of the hotel is about $331. With three people in a room, the cost of the hotel is a mere $277 bucks!!! And, yes, this includes all taxes and fees. Which means more money to spend on spa treatments and other fun treats.

So are you ready to sign up?
Important: The good news is that Bookit allows a full refund of the hotel up to May 2 minus 20 dollars. So, if I can get a number of people to put $50 money down by February 23, I'll book the rooms based on the number of people who sign up. Yes, I know that this is a tight timeframe, but I hope you understand the circumstances.

Payment for full amount will be determined when we figure out whether people are staying 2 to a room or 3 to a room (and no I didn't ask about four to a room but I can inquire if desired) but the deadline for the entire hotel payment (which shoud be between 277 and 331) will be April 20.

I'm only going to book rooms based on the number that sign up between now and Monday but if you decide you want to join the trip, feel free to check out the deals on I'm sure there will be more specials in the future.

Airfare: Unfortunately, there is no way for me to book the tickets through bookit without the names of all the group members and a full payment, so I'm leaving everyone to their own devices to find a flight. The good news is that there are currently some relatively cheap fares (350 ish) to hawaii.

For example, here is my flight- it is[masked] (including all taxes and fees)
San Francisco, CA (SFO) to
Honolulu, HI (HNL) United - Nonstop
Flight 73
Thu, May 21
Depart: 8:50am
Arrive: 11:08am

Honolulu, HI (HNL) to
San Francisco, CA (SFO) United - Nonstop
Flight 76
Mon, May 25
Arrive: 4:44am next day

Hopefuly I've covered everything. Free feel to make comments or email me directly if you have any questions or concerns. I hope to see you on the beach!!!


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