Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Feb. 5, 2007

THE NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY has pulled out of negotiations to permanently manage Waimea Valley. Audubon will continue to manage the 1,875-acre property on Oahu's North Shore, which is open to the public, until a new operator can be found. The property is owned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, which bought it several years ago to preserve its botanical gardens, culturally significant sites and undeveloped streamside setting.

THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY is scheduled to begin interisland service for passengers and cars, starting with July service between Oahu and Maui and Kauai, at one-way fares starting a $42 per passenger and $55 per car. A second vessel is scheduled to start service in 2009.

THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN HOTEL has unveiled an art exhibit dealing with the cruise era in celebration of the hotel's 80th anniversary. The collection of artwork was commissioned by Matson Navigation Co. from 1930 to 1960 and includes works by Eugene Savage, John Kelly, and Frank McIntosh. The exhibition will remain on display in the hotel's lower lobby through April 30.

ATA AIRLINES will increase its flight capacity to Hawaii beginning in June, adding a number of daily flights between Oakland and Honolulu, Kona (Big Island) and Lihue (Kauai) and between Las Vegas and Maui. The enhanced schedule will give ATA more nonstop flights from the mainland than any other carrier.

UNITED VACATONS and RESORTQUEST HAWAII have teamed up to offer the family-focused Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free special for bookings of a minimum of five nights. The package, available at ResortQuest properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, includes free activities, meals and merchandise for kids 12 and under. Children age 17 and under stay free at all ResortQuest properties and can be combined with other promotions, including United Vacations' free car offer. Best pricing is available on Wednesday or Thursday departures. Call (800) 328-6877 or use VaxVacationAccess.com, Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations, Worldspan Vacation Select or Vacation.com's AgentNet.

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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