RESORTS' Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island has
announced plans for a $150 million program of repairs and upgrades
to the hotel and the adjacent golf course. The property closed
following damage sustained during the October 2006 earthquake that
struck Maui and the Big Island. Room layouts will be reconfigured,
with the room count reduced from 310 to 258. No changes will be
made to the hotel's exterior (the hotel was recently named as one
of the 150 architecturally significant buildings in the U.S. by the
American Institute of Architects). The golf course will reopen in
November 2008, with the hotel to follow in December.
MYWEDDING.COM has introduced an online guide
that serves as a wedding planning tool, providing a list of local
wedding resources on Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island and Maui. The site
includes florists, bakeries, ceremony sites, a gift registry,
advice and information updates.
RESORTS & HOTELS has added the Queen Kapiolani Hotel
in Waikiki to its management portfolio. The 315-room, midrange
property, which is adjacent to Kapiolani Park, is Castle's fifth
property in Waikiki.
RITZ-CARLTON, KAPALUA will reopen on Jan. 7 after a $130
million upgrade that included the addition of one- and two-bedroom
residential suites. For every five cumulative suite nights booked,
the booking agent receives one complimentary night. The incentive
is valid for bookings through Dec. 31, 2008. Call (800)
AIRLINES has inaugurated year-round, nonstop service
between Anchorage and Honolulu. Using Boeing 737-800 aircraft,
flights offer Hawaiian-themed beverages and meal
Editor: Allan Seiden
Phone: (808) 734-4677
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