Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Dec. 24, 2007

PRINCE 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 at www.mywedding.com/apps/location_groups/hawaii/ 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.

CASTLE 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.

THE 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) 262-8440.

ALASKA AIRLINES has inaugurated year-round, nonstop service between Anchorage and Honolulu. Using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, flights offer Hawaiian-themed beverages and meal service.

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].

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