CRUISE LINE plans to reposition the Pride of Hawaii to
Europe, effective February 2008. The vessel is the largest (2,466
passengers) and newest (in service since June 2006) of the cruise
line's three interisland cruise ships. The repositioning is
designed to reduce capacity and increase profitability in Hawaii.
NCL lost $116 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, largely due to
unprofitable Hawaii operations. NCL called the move temporary, but
did not provide a timetable for the ship's return to Hawaiian
WAIKIKI, originally slated to be managed by Hilton under
the Doubletree brand, will instead be managed by Outrigger
Enterprises. The 400-plus-unit property is set to reopen this month
following a multimillion dollar remodel. The Wyland Waikiki will
operate as its own brand within the Outrigger portfolio. The hotel
offers a central, off-beach location, with many rooms including a
microwave and sink.
WAIKIKI PRINCE KUHIO has officially joined the Hilton
family. The rebranding follows a $65 million renovation that
included a remake of rooms, lobby, restaurant, pool deck, business
center and fitness center. The hotel, situated on the Diamond Head
end of Waikiki, is one block from the beach and is within walking
distance of central Waikiki.The property is operated by Stanford
Hotels Corp. under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Hotels
AT WAIMEA BAY, on Oahu's North Shore, will take four to
five months to repair. The landslide has caused a partial closure
of the two-lane road that follows the Oahu coastline. For the
immediate future, visitors headed to the North Shore should
anticipate traffic-related delays.
POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER is hosting its 15th Annual
World Fireknife Championships from May 16 to 19 that will, for the
first time, include female competitors and tandem teams. The finale
will be on Saturday, May 19, at the Pacific Theater. All events are
open to visitors. Call (800) 367-7060 or visit www.polynesia.com.
Editor: Allan Seiden
Phone: (808) 734-4677
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