Hawaii Ala Moana to be transformed into condo-hotel March 07, 2005 Share 1 -- The 1,150-room Ala Moana Hotel will soon undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation and conversion to a hotel-condominium resort. The propertys name will be changed to the Ala Moana Hotel Condominium, according to new owner Crescent Heights.Guest rooms and public areas will be refurbished, and additions will include a tranquil meditation area with a reflection pool and an expansive, state-of-the-art fitness center.The hotel-condominium concept gives owners the freedom to use their unit as often as they wish while enjoying all the benefits of a full-service hotel.When theyre not using their unit, owners can rent them through the propertys on-site management company.For more information, call (800) 367-6025 or visit www.thealamoana.com.Following the trendThe Maui Marriott Resort and Ocean Club said it will cease hotel operations and reopen as a timeshare property by November.The Lahaina resort was bought by Marriott Vacation Club International in 1999. The original plan was to convert the 720 hotel rooms into 311 villas.Since that time, the company has sunk $90 million into renovations and upgrades.Bad news, good newsThe delayed official grand opening of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa has led the Big Islands newest Kailua-Kona hotel to extend its introductory rate of $169 per night through April 30. Ask for code preopen when booking.For reservations, call (888) 488-3535 or visit www.starwoodhotels.com/hawaii for more information.Go with the flowIn May, Oahus Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park will launch Da FlowRider, an action thrill ride that combines elements of surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding.The ride creates a wave action from a thin sheet of water that flows constantly over a stationary wave form, enabling riders, regardless of age or skill, to experience the thrill of catching a wave on specially made body boards.Park admission is $34.99; $24.99 for children ages 3 to 11; and $14.99 for seniors over age 60. Children under age 2 are admitted free.Phone: (808) 674-9283. Web: www.hawaiianwaters.comSpotlight on hulaParadise Cove Luau on Oahu unveiled a show spotlighting OBrian Eselus hula school.The revue features a dramatic opening depicting the different forces of nature and a dance by the reigning fire-knife champion of the world.Three packages are offered, ranging from $65 to $110 for adults, $56 to $100 for youths ages 13 through 18 and $45 to $90 for children ages 4 through 12. Kids under age 4 are admitted free.Phone: (800) 775-2683. Web: www.paradisecove.com.Thar she blowsAtlantis Adventures is running its daily whale-watching cruises from Aloha Tower Marketplace in Honolulu (shuttles are available for pickups at most major hotels in Waikiki) through April 8.The cost for a ride on the twin-hulled Navatek I is $52.99 for adults and $33.99 for children.Included is a buffet lunch, beverages and transportation to and from the ship and a guaranteed whale sighting. The cruise departs at noon and returns at 2:30 p.m.Visit www.atlantisadventures.com for more information.Listen upThe Honolulu Academy of Arts launched an audio tour highlighting 40 selections from its collection of world art.The self-guided Antenna X-Plorer tour includes information about the artist, social and political details about the period and practices involving the uses or rituals of the art objects.Admission for the audio tour and museum is $9 for students age 13 and older and seniors age 62 and older, $5 for children age 12 and under and $12 for all others.Phone: (808) 532-8700. Web: www.honoluluacademy.orgExperience real HawaiiThe Kohala Center on Hawaiis Big Island initiated a science and education program for visitors called Born of Fire: Landscapes of Hawaii.Working with travel partners United Vacations and Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, the program brings visitors together with local scientists and cultural experts to work on volunteer projects.For more information, visit www.kohalacenter.org.