Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Dec. 6, 2004

THE HONEYMONNERS: The Hotel Hana Maui released a "Romance Paradise" package for honeymooners and couples valid through 2005. The three-night package includes two 60-minute massages, a candlelight dinner, daily breakfast, champagne and a fruit basket. Daily rates for the package in a deluxe, oceanview Sea Ranch Cottage with private outdoor spa tub is $740 per night. Activities such as yoga, tennis, ukulele lessons and snorkeling are complimentary. Visit for more information on the hotel.

1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: The Kona Brewing Co. is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a new menu and a new partnership. The eatery teamed up with the Bishop Museum Association and will show rarely seen archival photos of the Koko Marina, the site of the restaurant. The exhibit will run from Dec. 4 to 17. Kona Brewing will donate $1 from every pint sold to the museum's association during that time. The new menu features dishes made with locally grown ingredients. Call 808-394-KONA for more information on the celebration, or visit

TURTLE BAY RESORT is offering a North Shore Premium Plus package valid from March 1 to Dec. 10, 2005. The package includes seven nights for the price of six in a deluxe oceanview room, daily breakfast for two and a luau dinner and show for two. Complimentary admission to the nearby Polynesian Cultural Center is also offered for duration of stay. The rate is $906 per person, double, not including taxes and resort fees. Go to for more information.

ROMANCE PACKAGE: The Outrigger Reef and Outrigger Waikiki on the beach initiated a beachside Hawaiian Vow Renewal Ceremony for couples. The program, which is complimentary, takes place in on Waikiki Beach in front of the Reef hotel, and draws on ancient Hawaiian customs to forever bind couples. Couples are blessed with a sprinkling of seawater and chants from a Hawaiian kahu (priest). The ceremony is available Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 a.m.; guests must sign up the day prior. The Romance Package at the Reef includes three nights in an oceanview room, two 60-minute couples massages, champagne, a surf lesson for two and daily breakfast for two. It starts at $1,380 and is valid through Dec. 21. Visit or for more information.

FAMILY TRAVEL: The Kona Village Resort on Hawaii's Big Island is touting its allure for families traveling together. Two-room hales (cottages) can comfortably accommodate up to five people and come with refrigerators stocked with bottled water, juices, soft drinks and Kona coffee. In addition, all water sports equipment is complimentary at the hotel, including kayaks, snorkel gear, canoes and glass-bottom boat excursions. Rates for families begin at $875 per night for triple occupancy. Kids under age 2 stay free. Rates are valid through Nov. 26, 2005. Visit for more information or call 800-432-5450.


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