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Briefs: Hawaiian excursion centers on wellness

| Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005

Salute the sun or hang 10 during a week of yoga, surfing and wellness classes on Maui. SwellWomen, a tour company in Puunene, Hawaii has planned a women-only trip for Nov. 14; a trip for couples starts Nov. 20. Snorkeling, tennis and a massage are included, as are sightseeing excursions and classes in healthful cooking. Participants stay in lanai-style cottages at Kaanapali Beach. Cost: $2,100 per person, double occupancy ($350 single surcharge), including accommodations, meals, classes, excursions and airport transfers. Airfare to Maui is not included.

Details: 800-399-6284 or www.swellwomen.com .

Backstage theater tour in London

Go backstage on a nine-day theater tour of London. The jaunt, which begins Dec. 28, includes tickets to six shows, among them "Billy Elliot" and "Mary Poppins." The group will tour the Churchill Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Opera House.

Participants meet with actors, historians and critics; visit with a British political journalist; and attend a New Year's Eve celebration. Writer Barbara Isenberg accompanies the group. Cost: $5,638 per person, double occupancy ($900 single surcharge), including round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, some meals, excursions, theater tickets, admissions and airport transfers. Those flying from Pittsburgh will get a credit of $350 off the total cost by arranging their own airfare to London. The trip is sponsored by Gilner International Travels, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Details: 310-273-6161.

Armchair traveler

Probably the one title the Mountaineers Books would rather not publish is their annual "Accidents in North American Mountaineering." The book, sometimes known as "the police blotter" of mountaineering, is produced by the Safety Committees of the American Alpine Club and the Alpine Club of Canada. Like past volumes, the 2005 report contains detailed information about fatal and nonfatal climbing accidents in North America. The publishing house, founded in 1960 by the nearly century-old Mountaineers Club in Washington State, issues these "Accidents" report each year in the hopes that readers and climbers will learn from the mistakes of others. ( The Mountaineers Books; $10; 112 pages; softcover)

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