Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: April 14, 2008

HAWAII VOLCANOES National Park on Hawaii's Big Island reopened on April 10, two days after it was closed because of elevated sulfur dioxide levels emanating from the Kilauea volcano. Noxious gas continued to rise from Halemaumau Crater, where an explosion on April 9 blasted rocks into the air. But the return of northeasterly trade winds pushed the sulfur dioxide away from visitor areas, according to park officials. The explosion on April 9 was smaller than the one that occurred on March 19. That explosion scattered debris over 75 acres.

HAWAIIAN HOLDINGS, parent of Hawaiian Airlines, has appointed Don Carty to its board of directors. Carty, a former CEO of American Airlines, was a board director for Hawaiian Holdings from 2004 to 2006. In connection with Carty's board appointment, he was granted options to purchase 5,000 shares of the company's common stock at a price per share equal to the closing price of the company's common stock on the American Stock Exchange on April 8.

THE HILTON HAWAIIAN Village Beach Resort in Waikiki has completed a $15 million upgrades to the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. The lagoon is on the site of Duke Kahanamoku's family lands. The restoration of the long-neglected lagoon, with its beaches widened and landscaping in place, doubles the resort's beachfront and opens the lagoon to calm-water swimming and paddleboats.

KAPALUA RESORT VILLAS is offering a range of package options. Three For Free starts with a fifth night free on daily rates starting at $279 for a one-bedroom fairway view villa, and also includes a $100 Activity Certificate that can be used toward activities booked through the Villas' in-house concierge, golf, in-room massage, and snorkel sail. Bookings must be made prior to June 30 for travel through Dec. 19. Bookings from April 1 through June 30 and Aug. 20 through Dec. 19 also receive a complimentary view category upgrade. Stay and Play Your Way starts at $598, double, for a one-bedroom villa and mid-size Hertz rental. Each guest selects from a menu of options that includes unlimited same-day play on the Bay and Plantation courses, a golf lesson and a massage. Call (800) 545-0018.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is featuring a free fifth night and a $100 leisure credit at the Halekulani in Waikiki, on stays through Dec. 22. The leisure credit may be used for dining and spa treatments or at the Halekulani Boutique. The offer applies to OceanView, Ocean Front and Diamond Head Ocean Front accommodations. In combination with Pleasant's two-for-one air fares from Los Angeles and San Francisco, five-night Halekulani vacations start at $3026 for two, on bookings through June 5. Air must be paid in full at time of booking. Call (800) 448-3333 or visit

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden
(808) 734-4677
[email protected]
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