Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: April 25, 2005

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is offering packages that include Los Angeles Lakers preseason basketball games in Honolulu on Oct. 11 and 12. Packages begin at $1,289 per person and must be booked by June 15. The offer includes roundtrip air from Los Angeles, four nights at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, roundtrip airport transfers, tickets to both games, transfers to and from the game, an arrival reception with cocktails and canapés, a lecture by a Lakers personality, an appearance by the Laker Girls with an autograph signing, a tote bag, T-shirt, hat and pin. For more information, call (800) 448-3333 or log on to www.pleasantagent.com.

CAPTAIN BRUCE BLANKENFELD, who captains the Hokule'a, a sailing canoe that navigates between the Polynesian Islands without modern equipment, will share stories of the 100-year-old vessel's journeys at the Bishop Museum. A two-day program will include demonstrations, workshops and lectures on May 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and May 21 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Visit www.bishopmuseum.org for more information and exhibit schedules.

ALOHA AIRLINES passengers can now partake in BaggageDirect's service. BaggageDirect will come to a client's home, hotel or office on Oahu or Maui and transport luggage to a location in Hawaii or on the mainland. Proper ID is required at pickup, which will be on the day of or day before a scheduled flight. Cost is $30 per passenger (up to two bags). Call BaggageDirect at (800) 959-4424 or log on to www.baggagedirect.com.

THE GRAND WAILEA Hotel & Spa offers the Grand Getaway Special through Dec. 19. The package starts at $549 per night and includes deluxe garden accommodations with daily breakfast buffet for two in the Grand Dining Room, tax and gratuities. Resort fees not included. Go to www.grandwailea.com/accommodations/rates.asp  or call (808) 888-6100 for more information.

THE BIG ISLAND'S FAIRMONT ORCHID offers a Twice As Nice package geared toward family and friends traveling together to the islands for a vacation. Beginning at $499 per night for a moderate room and ranging to $1,999 for an oceanfront suite, guests receive a second room free, two activity passes per room and two complimentary breakfast buffets per room daily. The package is valid through Dec. 20, and there is no minimum stay required. Activity passes allow guests to use kayaks, snorkel gear, canoes, surfboards, tennis equipment and yoga classes. Call (800) 845-9905 to book.

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