Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Dec. 4, 2006

THE PACIFIC AVIATION MUSEUM PEARL HARBOR will make its debut on the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Located on Ford Island in the middle of Pearl Harbor, the museum will be housed in a World War II-era hangar that still bears the scars of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. The new museum includes an array of restored vintage WWII aircraft such as Japanese Zeros and U.S. Wildcats. Also featured will be interactive displays and a theater. Also onsite is an aviator-style restaurant and a gift store. Future expansion includes Hanger 79, focusing on the Pacific battles in WWII, and Hangar 54, with a focus on the Korean, Vietnam, and so-called Cold wars. Tickets, priced at $14 for adults and $7 for children, are available at the onsite ticket offices at the Pacific Aviation Museum or the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, also in Pearl Harbor. For ticket information, call (808) 690-0169 or visit www.pacificaviationmuseum.org.

THE HOTEL HANA-MAUI & HONUA SPA is offering travel agents an incentive of up to $60 per booking for the Wellness and Spa Escape package. Agents receive $10 per night for up to six nights for packages sold until March 31 (Dec. 21 to Jan. 4 blackout). Rates start at $593 for two, including breakfast, massage and amenities. Visit www.hotelhanamaui.com/spa_wellness_escape.shtml.

ATA AIRLINES will increase its flight capacity for Hawaii. Starting in June, ATA will add a second daily flight between Oakland and Honolulu while adding direct service between Oakland and Kona (Big Island) and Lihue (Kauai) and between Las Vegas and Kahului (Maui). The additional 21 weekly flights will give ATA 171 weekly departures. The additional flights will put ATA in a league with Hawaiian Airlines, United and American, each of which operates more than 200 flights per week to Hawaii.

THE ROYAL LAHAINA RESORT has offered a glimpse into its $30 million renovation of the 330-room Lahaina Kai Tower. The $90,000-per-room renovation entailed stripping each room down to its frame and rebuilding it into a new upscale product. The new luxury rooms were recently unveiled as the 11th and 12th floors were reopened. All rooms will be available by mid-February. The renovation is part of a $330 million redevelopment plan for the 27-acre property through 2010.

 

THE HAWAII VISITORS & CONVENTION BUREAU has promoted Jay Talwar as senior vice president of marketing. Talwar will oversee the HVCB's promotional campaigns to help increase travel from North America. With the HVCB since 2004, Talwar oversaw the redevelopment of HVCB's GoHawaii.com website.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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