Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: August 1, 2005

THE RITZ-CARLTON, KAPALUA, which reopened its Boutique Spa earlier this year, has launched a new line of spa products, all of which are locally created and packaged. Massage oils, scrubs, lotion, body polishes and mists are used during all treatments and are sold at the spas gift shop. The spas signature treatment, the Hawaiian Healing Experience, begins with aromatherapy, using flowers grown on Maui, followed by a massage using the clients choice of body oil. For more information call (808) 665-7280.


THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY held its 14th annual Keep It Hawaii awards that recognize community leaders that make a difference in the tourism industry through cultural programs and incentives. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows; Ritz Carlton, Kapalua; Kaanapali Beach Hotel; Four Seasons Maui; Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach; Hawaiian Airlines; and the Old Lahaina Luau were among the winners of the Koa and Kahili Awards. Visit www.hawaii.gov/tourism for more information.


THE WENDYS CHAMPIONS SKINS GAME has been scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6 on the Wailea Gold Golf Course on Maui. The televised event will showcase an 18-hole pro-am the day before on ESPN. The total prize purse for the tournament is $600,000. In 2005, Jack Nicklaus won the largest tournament paycheck of his career when he beat out Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Craig Stadler with 11 skins, earning him $340,000 for the day. For more information, visit www.ChampionSkinsWailea.com or call the Wailea Golf Club at (888) 328-MAUI.

THE BIG ISLANDS A Taste of the Hawaiian Range Food and Agricultural Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Sept. 16 in the Hilton Waikoloas Grand Ballroom, from 6 to 8 p.m. Local chefs will showcase Hawaiian agricultural products while demonstrating their culinary talents. Local ingredients will include range-fed beef, lamb, pork, mutton, sausages, pasture poultry and goat, which will be accented with locally grown vegetables and fruits. Tickets are $35 pre-sale, $50 at the door; call (808) 322-4892 or visit www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/forages/taste_of_hawaiian_range_04.html for more info.

 
ANOTHER FOOD-RELATED event takes place on the Big Island in September, the 14th Annual Aloha Festivals Poke Weekend from Sept. 9 to 11. Poke is a Hawaiian delicacy usually made of fresh, raw ahi tuna, sliced onion and various combinations of seasonings and sauces. Participants will compete for $15,000 in cash and prizes for the best poke recipe. Visitors will be able to taste all the entries in seven categories, including Best Traditional Poke, Best Poke with Soy Sauce and Best Spicy Poke, as well as participate in a golf tournament on the 10th. The event takes place at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Tickets are $5; go to www.pokecontest.com for more information.

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