Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Aug. 16 2004

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.

THE FOUR 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 information.

THE TURTLE 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.

THE 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.

UNITED 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.

AMERICAN 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 awards travel.

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