Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Dec. 11, 2006

THE MAUNA KEA BEACH HOTEL on the Big Island has closed indefinitely for repairs. With 140 of its 310 rooms already closed because of damage caused by the Oct. 15 earthquake that hit the Big Island, the shutdown follows engineering reports that identified additional damage. No time frame has been set for a reopening. Guests booked at the hotel are being assisted in making alternative reservations. The resort's golf course and clubhouse remain open.

ISLAND AIR is reducing capacity, forced to alter its fleet size because of Go's entry into the interisland market in June. Island Air will remove two planes from service, eliminate five routes (Honolulu to Lihue, Kona to Lihue, Kahului to Kapalua, Kapalua to Lihue and Kapalua to Kona) and let go 65 employees. Passengers who have flights booked on canceled routes will be contacted by Island Air and accommodated accordingly.

CLASSIC RESORTS is giving away event tickets at the Maui Arts & Convention Center to guests of the Kaanapali Alii, a luxury condominium. Two tickets per room, per visit are available, with quantities limited. The center has a variety of offerings throughout the year, with programs including classic and contemporary dance, music, films, drama and other events featuring culture and the arts. To check the schedule, visit www.mauiarts.org; for hotel reservations, call (800) 642-6284, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.kaanapalialii.com.

OUTRIGGER AND OHANA are introducing a fifth-night free Hawaii Beach Break for 2007. Bookings include value-added gifts and are available only through major tour wholesalers for all Ohana properties and most Outrigger properties. Call (800) OUTRIGGER.

 

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is adding NCL America's interisland cruises to its product line, with Pleasant customers able to select their cabin assignment prior to embarkation. Pleasant Holidays can integrate pre- and post-cruise land vacations into a cruise schedule. Call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantholidays.com.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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