VILLAGE RESORT on the Big Island has been bought by a
joint-venture partnership of MSD Capital, the private investment
firm for Michael Dell and family, and Rockpoint Group, a global
investment management firm. Previous owner, Ty Warner Hotels and
Resorts, will retain an interest in the property. Kona Village is
adjacent to the Hualalai Resort, purchased by MSD Capital and
Rockpoint Group in June 2006. According to representatives of the
joint venture, the two properties will retain independent
identities, with plans in the making for upgrades to the 125-unit
V, a tour catamaran owned and operated by the Hyatt
Regency Maui Resort and Spa, suffered a broken mast March 25 that
resulted in the death of one passenger and injury to two others.
The catamaran, on a whale-watching cruise, was about two miles from
the shore when the mast broke, according to the U.S. Coast Guard,
which helped in the rescue of the remaining passengers and crew
aboard. The Kiele V had 47 passengers and five crew members aboard
at the time of the accident. In addition to the Coast Guard, the
Maui Fire Dept. and two nearby tour boats also assisted in the
rescue operations. An investigation as to cause is
AIRLINES has completed a $1.1 remake of its Web site,
introducing a range of cross-referenced materials designed to
generate sales beyond airline ticketing. The new site raises the
bar in terms of content and booking options, with a trip planner,
that allows for personalized itineraries to Hawaii or mainland
gateway cities served by Hawaiian. The tool provides a
comprehensive search-and-purchase function offering the hotels,
rental car companies and activity providers alongside travel
information from Frommer's Travel Guides and Amazon.com.
TOURISM AUTHORITY has published a guide to culturally
accurate use of Hawaiian language and identifying important
cultural accuracy in marketing Hawaii. The Style and Resource Guide
provides a handy reference tool and clarifies facts about the
islands that might have been miscommunicated. The new guide is
designed to avoid culturally insensitive usages. To download a
copy, visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org.
Enterprises Group has named Burton Kong marketing projects manager,
responsible for marketing the Outrigger and Ohana brands to
consumers and travel agents.
" Aqua Resorts
& Hotels has made a number of appointments. Joseph Yamaoka has
been named general manager of the 262-room Aqua Palms & Spa.
Yamaoka has been with Aqua since 2001. KeAlii Alexander has been
named general manager of the Aqua Aloha Surf, and Terry Yasuhara, a
Hawaii hotel veteran, is the new general manager of the 740-room
Aqua Island Colony.
Editor: Allan Seiden
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