AT THE BIG
ISLAND FESTIVAL, all 10 of Food & Wine magazine's Best
New Chefs of 2004 will make appearances at the culinary event, Nov.
3 to 7 on the Kohala Coast. The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel will host
the main events while the Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea and Kona Village
resorts will also feature festival activities. Hawaiian cultural
ceremonies, spa and golf excursions, and jaunts to local sugar
cane, vanilla, mushroom, coffee and lobster farms are some of the
activities, which range from $40 to $125 per ticket. A $400
Platinum Pass gets guests into all. Visit www.bigislandfestival.org for more information. For
assistance with participating hotels, visit www.bigisland.org.
SEASONS RESORT MAUI will host the annual Terry Fox charity
event, featuring a run/walk, an auction, and a dinner that will
benefit cancer research. Dec. 4 will begin with a 10K run/5K walk,
preceded by a catered breakfast buffet at the Four Seasons.
Attendees are invited to a dinner that features live music and
auctions offering trips to Four Seasons resorts worldwide. Tickets
are $225 per person, or $3,000 for a reserved table of 12. Terry
Fox was a young Canadian who lost his leg to cancer and ran across
Canada on a prosthetic leg some 24 years ago. See www.fourseasons.com/maui for more
BAY RESORT teamed with Gogo Worldwide Vacations to offer a
fall savings package. Valid for travel through Dec. 19, guests can
enjoy daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and
one choice of activity per stay for $1,785 per person for a
five-night stay. Rate is valid in premier oceanfront, deluxe
oceanfront and Pikake suites only. A separate event offered
directly through the hotel offers guests the opportunity to
participate in a weekend long event surrounding the Hawaiian Tropic
Pageant, including the Hawaiian Tropic North Shore Golf Challenge.
The package includes lunch at Lei Lei's, three rounds of golf,
access to the pageant and four nights for $1,298 per person,
double. For Gogo packages, see www.gogowwv.com. For the Hawaiian Tropic
package, visit www.turtlebayresort.com.
RADISSON KAUAI BEACH RESORT is offering couples who travel
to the island this fall 50 percent off one person's activities,
which can be a sail on the Napali Coast, downhill biking in Waimea
Canyon, zipline and helicopter tours and rounds of golf at Kauai
Lagoon's Mokihana course. Valid through Oct. 15, the "Couples
Discover Kauai Discount" enables guests to receive the deal on two
separate activities. The offer can be combined with other packages.
A "Breakfast and Bed in Paradise" package begins at $169 per night;
"Honeymoon Spa" packages include a $255 daily meal credit, two
30-minute massages and a fifth night free for $249 per night. Visit
www.radissonkauai.com for more information.
AIRLINES will start flying nonstop from Chicago to Maui on
Dec. 16, 2004. The flight will continue on to Kona. The Boeing 777
will seat 348 and will depart O'Hare at 10 a.m., arriving in
Kahului, Maui, at 2:51 p.m.. The plane will then continue to Kona
at 4 p.m. and land at 4:40 p.m. The departure from Kona to Chicago
will be at 6:00 p.m., arriving at 5:54 a.m. the following morning.
United relaunched daily nonstop service between Chicago and
Honolulu on June 3.
AIRLINES dropped the number of AAvantage miles needed to
fly to Hawaii by 5,000. Those traveling between the dates of Sept.
7 and Nov. 18 can use 30,000 miles for an economy class ticket
between anywhere in North America (Canada, Caribbean and Mexico
included) and Hawaii. Offer is subject to seat availability and
capacity controls. See www.aa.com/aadvantage for more information on