Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Aug. 20, 2007

STARWOOD CAPITAL GROUP has sold $300 million worth of inventory in the initial sales for its first Baccarat Hotel, planned for Maui's Wailea Resort. The 193 one-to-four bedroom apartments will replace the 345-room Renaissance Wailea Beach, which opened in 1978. Thirteen low-rise building will replace the present mid-rise hotel. The property is due to open in 2010.

HAWAII SUPERFERRY set Aug. 28 as the inaugural date for scheduled service aboard the Alakai linking Oahu with Maui and Kauai, using its new 340-foot high-speed ferry. The 866-passenger boat accommodates up to 282 cars, buses and trucks. Service from Oahu to the Big Island is planned for 2009 when the firm takes delivery of a second vessel. Reservations are being accepted on the Alakai for travel from Aug. 28 through Jan. 15. To book, call (877) HI-FERRY (443-3779) or visit www.hawaiisuperferry.com.

HAWAII escaped the wrath of Tropical Storm Flossie last week as the storm passed south of the Big Island Aug. 15, coming within roughly 150 miles of shore. The storm had been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm prior to its approach. Flossie brought locally heavy rains on the Big Island of up to 10 inches and waves reached 20 feet to 25 feet as the storm approached. Wind speeds reached 40 mph to 50 mph, with some higher gusts.

RATES & DATES

" The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa is offering three value-added fall specials on bookings through Dec. 22. Three For Free is designed for a week-long booking, with the seventh night free, and includes daily buffet breakfast for two and a guaranteed room upgrade. Rates start at $390 per night. The Triple Play, available through Oct. 7, offers three nights with room upgrade and a daily $25 resort credit for restaurants, spa and activities desk and a two-for-one entry to the buffet dinner luau, starting at $387 per night. Sunshine on Sale, good through Dec. 22, offers every third night free when booking a deluxe oceanview room, starting at $610 per night. It also includes a daily breakfast buffet. Call (800) 233-1234 or visit www.maui.hyatt.com.

" Outrigger Enterprises Group is offering room-and-breakfast fall specials at select Outrigger and Ohana properties for bookings through Dec. 21. The Outrigger Waikiki package starts at $239 per night; the Outrigger Reef package starts at $175. Other properties offering rate specials are the Ohana Malia ($110), the Ohana Islander Waikiki ($129), Ohana East ($139), the Waikiki Wyland ($167) and the Ala Moana Hotel ($167). On the Neighbor Islands the Keauhou Beach package starts at $169. Call (800) 688-7444 or visit www.outrigger.com. Call the Ala Moana Hotel at (800) 367-6025 or visit www.alamoanahotel.com.

" The Fairmont Orchid, on the Kohala Coast of the island of Hawaii, has added a $200 room credit -- good for spa, salon, dining, golf and water activities -- to its sixth-night-free fall promotion good for bookings through Dec. 20. Rates start from $359 per night and may be combined with Bed & Breakfast package. A minimum three-night-stay is required. Call (800) 845-9905 or visit www.fairmont.com/orchid.

" The Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa is offering an Island Romance Package, featuring rooms in the Ali'i Tower, breakfast for two in bed for one day, a 50-minute Mandara Spa massage for two and a five-course tasting menu for two at Bali by the Sea with three wine pairings. The package starts at Starting at $495 per night. The Island Adventure Package offers oceanview accommodations, a half-day adventure package at Kualoa Ranch, a Segway Tour for two and steakhouse dinner, starting at $425 per night. Both packages require a four-night minimum stay. Call (808) 949-4321 and ask for rate code P8 for the Island Romance Package and P9 for the Island Adventure Package. Packages can also be booked online by clicking the specials link at www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com.

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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