Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Aug. 23, 2004

THE STATEWIDE ALOHA FESTIVAL, a collection of over 50 events, will take place throughout September and October and showcase Hawaii's culture, history, music and cuisine. Founded in 1946, the festival hosts events such as a floral parade through Waikiki and outdoor performances by musicians and artists. Each island will host an opening evening celebration, in most cases a luau, on or around Sept. 9 and 10 (see Web site for dates and locations on each island), and will proceed with events like steel guitar demonstrations, flower-weaving sessions and hula and ukulele lessons. Visit for schedules and more information.

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES said that the beta-testing of an in-flight, personal entertainment system was a success, and the carrier put in an order for 1,500 units and will position them on all trans-Pacific flights -- including those to Sydney, Pago Pago and Tahiti -- and mainland flights. The units will include 10 to 15 full-length movies, 8 to 10 sitcoms, 20 music videos and 100 audio tracks. They will be free in first class and $10 in coach.

COFFEE LOVERS VISITING THE BIG ISLAND now have a new excursion that teaches them how to roast coffee. Seven days a week, between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., The Ueshima Coffee Company Hawaii gives roasting tours and lets visitors roast a pound of beans and take them home. Aficionados will roast freshly-picked beans in small metal pots. When they are done, high-powered fans cool the beans. The process takes between 12 and 20 minutes. Cost is $30 per person and reservations are recommended. Call 888-822-5662 for more information or go to

THE KAPALUA VILLAS, luxury condominiums that wind through golf courses and to the ocean at the Kapalua Bay Resort, are offering fall getaway specials that include an extra night for free when traveling before Dec. 19. Guests staying at the Fairway View Villas will receive a fourth night free. Those staying at the Ocean View Villas receive a fifth night free. Nightly rates start at $199 at the Fairway View Villas, $239 at the Ocean View Villas. See for more information about the villas.

EXPEDIA'S PRIVATE-LABEL SERVICE added a new customer, Aston Hotels & Resorts, which will now use Expedia's technology and air/car inventory to sell vacation packages to online customers.

CORRECTION: The Aug. 16 Hawaii E-letter incorrectly listed the price of a daily meal credit for the Honeymoon Spa package at the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort. The correct amount is $25 per day.


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