Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: August 22, 2005

THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY will be holding its Hawaii Tourism Conference on Sept. 13 and 14 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The sessions will cover industry trends, a look at the global marketplace and a peek in to the 2006 marketing plans for Hawaii. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

THE OUTRIGGER WAIKIKI on the Beach and the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii will be presenting free workshops on the Hawaiian Ukulele on Sept. 10 and Nov. 12. Part of an islandwide program, Embracing Our Local Culture, ukulele player Les Nunes will teach and speak about the instrument. Nunes great-grandfather, Manuel Nunes, was one of Hawaiis original ukulele manufacturers before the turn of the 20th century. The hotel will also showcase Nunes vintage ukuleles. The workshop is free, but space is limited. Call (808) 921-9731 for reservations.

SUNTERRA CORP. entered an agreement to purchase 100% of Poipu Resort Partners for $27 million. Sunterra already owned 30% of the resort group, who operates the Embassy Vacation Resort Poipu Point in Kauai. Sunterra purchased West Maui Resort Partners last year, which owns and operates the Embassy Vacation Resort in Kaanapali, Maui. The purchase is scheduled to be complete by the end of August.

THE ALA MOANA CENTER in Honolulu recently announced that the Tsukiji Fish Market and Restaurant will open in early 2006 in the shopping center with over 14,000 square feet of tables, sushi bar, yakitori bar, Japanese buffet and a fish market. The establishment was inspired by Tokyos Tsukiji Fish Market, which lent the name to the new Hawaii location.

THROUGH AN EXCLUSIVE ARRANGEMENT with Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), customers of Pleasant Holidays will receive a $10 discount coupon to the PCC, good for visits through August 31. Five-night, land-only vacations on Oahu begin at $204 per person, double, reflecting a savings of $101 per couple. Prices include accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers in Waikiki and hotel taxes. Visit www.pleasantagent.com or call (800) 448-3333.

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