Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: December 12, 2005

THE STAR OF HONOLULU cruise ship will begin its two-hour Premier Whale Watch Cruise on Dec. 23, guaranteeing humpback whale sightings aboard the 1,500-passenger vessel. Through April 30, guests can observe the whales from four decks and partake in onboard activities such as lei making, ukulele lessons and hula lessons. Tickets cost $29 per adult, $17.50 for children. Buffet lunch packages are also available. Call (808) 983-STAR for more information.

THE HILTON WAIKOLOA is featuring artist in residence programs and holiday exhibits throughout the month of December. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., guests can watch various artists paint and sculpt from conception to completion.

PURE KAUAI, a luxury vacation packager, launched an Adventure Boot Camp that gets travelers in gear and in shape. The incentive is designed to aid in weight loss, toning and overall well-being by creating itineraries packed with physical workouts and health-focused cuisine. Actor Jennifer Garner has signed on as a spokeswoman for the program. Packages start at $3,075 per person, double, and include all training sessions, activities, luxury accommodations, private chef and transportation. Call (866) 457-7873 for more information.

NATALIE COLE will perform a New Years Eve concert at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Tickets range from $90 to $200 per person. Pre-show festivities, a half-bottle of champagne and a cocktail are included. Call (808) 947-7877 for more information.

THE OHANA WAIKIKI BEACHCOMBER, a 490-room hotel recently purchased by Outrigger Enterprises, will undergo a $12 million renovation in 2007.


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