Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Dec. 20, 2004

VACATION RENTALS: The Outrigger Luana Waikiki has single-room studios available for vacation rental. Studios include kitchenettes, which have stovetops, microwave ovens, refrigerators, cookware and tableware. The lobby and mezzanine lounge offer free wireless Internet access. Rates begin at $100 per night.

ATLANTIS CRUISES began its seasonal, lunchtime, whale-watching sails, which will extend through April 8. From noon to 2:30 p.m., passengers sail from Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu and visit the waters where North Pacific humpback whales swim. If no whales are spotted, guests are invited for a repeat cruise at no charge. Atlantis charges $53 per adult, $34 for children, including buffet lunch. Visit or call 808-973-1311 for reservations or more information.

MOLOKAI PROPERTIES reopened the Kaluakoi Golf Course, which is a 10-minute ride from the Molokai Ranch in Maunaloa. The par-72 course has five holes along the coastline. Deer, pheasant and quail roam the 165 acres of green hills that overlook the white sands of Papohaku Beach. Rates start at $70 for 18 holes, $40 for 9, with carts included. For tee times or more information, visit or call 808-552-0255.

The PARKER RANCH, on the Big Island, arranged a series of demonstrations and exhibits in various historic homes to celebrate the 2005 Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Saturday, Feb. 5. The main event will be a traditional Japanese tea served at the Puuopelu home between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., where quilt works will be on display. Live Japanese music and a calligraphy demonstration will also be held. An admissions pass to the historic home, normally $9 for adults, is complimentary on Feb. 5. Go to or call 808-885-7311 for more information.

HUNGRY?: Aficionados of D.K. KODAMA's Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar (which relocated this fall from Restaurant Row to the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa) now have another eatery to check out. In the space left by Sansei now sits Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, an establishment operated by Kodama and partner Chuck Furuya. Chef Hiroshi Fukui, formerly of Honolulu eatery L'Uraku, makes traditional Japanese dishes served in small portions meant for sharing, in the European style. Dishes range from $7 to $23; the restaurant is open 6 to 10 p.m. daily. Call 808-533-HIRO for reservations.


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