You love Hawaii. You love basketball. You love a good bargain. All true?

Well, coming this December, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy all three when you book a discounted tour package for the 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. You’ll want to make sure this family-friendly event becomes your holiday tradition — here’s why:

What is the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii? 

This year, eight competing college teams will The multi-day, destination event will feature 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. Six of the 12 matchups, including the championship game, will be showcased on ESPN2. ESPNU will carry four games, and two will be carried exclusively on ESPN3.

But, the basketball is only PART of the fun! During the week, teams, sponsors, and ESPN will host events, travel experiences, and practices, too. And, don’t forget to be on the lookout for some of your favorite college players (you just may see them frolicking in the Waikiki waters!)

basketball players playing basketball in a stadium

Photo: ESPN

Make sure you check Hawaii Aloha Travel for travel deals during the tournament. You can save money and enjoy a no-hassle vacation when you book your vacation through our skilled travel professionals.

When and where is the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii?

The bracket for the 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will be played Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Dec. 22, 23, and 25 in Honolulu at the Stan Sherrif Center.

Who’s playing?

The eight competing teams include Illinois State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah and host Hawaii.

The tournament tips off with Tulsa (American) pitted against Stephen F. Austin (Southland) at 11:30 a.m. HT on ESPNU, followed by San Diego State (Mountain West) versus Southern Miss (C-USA) at 2 p.m. on ESPN2. Thursday evening’s session will feature San Francisco (West Coast) versus Utah (Pac-12) at 6 p.m. on ESPNU and will wrap-up with a battle between Illinois State (Missouri Valley) and tournament host Hawaii (Big West) at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

basketball player with a basketball

Photo: ESPN

The eight competing teams include Illinois State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah and host Hawaii.

For a complete schedule, click here.

What kinds of travel deals are offered for the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii?

Hawaii Aloha Travel is offering discounted travel packages, so you can enjoy a no-hassle week at the tournament. The Action Packed Vacation Package includes:

  • Five nights hotel accommodations (Team hotel assignments: Illinois Sate, Stephen F. Austin, and Utah will stay at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Miss., and Tulsa will stay at the Outrigger Reef Beach Hotel).
  • Round-trip game day transfers from hotel to Stan Sherrif Center
  • Game day, lower-level tickets for all sessions (12/22, 12/23, and 12/25)
  • All applicable taxes

Package prices are as follows:

OHANA Waikiki East: City View From $713 ppdo

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort: City View From $1,002 ppdo

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort: City View From $1,002 ppdo

Contact Hawaii Aloha Travel for all the details, including opportunities to add a Hawaii activity, such as a Oahu Circle Island Tour, surfing lessons, or a dinner cruise to your itinerary. And, inquire about ways to extend your stay and take advantage of travel deals to neighbor islands, too.

Nothing goes better together than basketball, beaches, and the holidays. So, book your Diamond Head Classic travel package today, and cheer-on your favorite college team in paradise!

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