Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Jan 10, 2005

ALOHA AIRLINES filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The carrier's president and CEO, David Banmiller, claimed it would be "business as usual as we try and restructure our company."  According to the release, reservations will continue to be taken, tickets will be honored and flights will operate as scheduled.

FORMER HAWAIIAN AIRLINES CEO John Adams and Adams-affiliated companies agreed to pay the airline $3.6 million to settle accusations by the airline's trustee, Joshua Gotbaum, that Adams diverted money from the airline. Gotbaum said the settlement "should close a sorry chapter in Hawaiian's history" and help with the airline's emergence from Chapter 11, now expected by February. In an earlier settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Adams and the affiliates agreed to pay $2.5 million to compensate shareholders.

THE KAPALUA VILLAS released its 2005 packages. The Sweetheart package includes villa accommodations for five nights, limousine transfers with open bar, welcome champagne and chocolates, Kapalua body and bath products and a pineapple plantation tour for $922. A seven -night Par-5 package offers guests a $100 merchandise certificate for any on-property pro shop, and either five or seven rounds of play (depending on the season), starting at $1,369. All packages include rental car and are valid through Dec. 18. Visit www.kapaluamaui.com/accommodations/villas/packages.html for more information.

HAWAIIAN FALSETTO Aunty Genoa Keawe, 86, will join the Makaha Sons on stage Jan. 21, at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The show marks the beginning of the annual "E Launa Kakou and Moanikeala Hula Festivals," and will take place at 7:45 p.m. in the Hale Aloha Theater. Aunty Genoa began her career singing on Hawaiian radio in 1946 and has been a mainstay in the Hawaiian music community ever since. Tickets for the show are $8 for adults, $6 for children. Call (808) 293-3333 for tickets, or visit www.polynesia.com/hawaii_festival/moanikeala_index.htm for more information.

THE RADISSON KAUAI BEACH RESORT is reaching out to travel agents in 2005. The hotel is encouraging agents to visit with a rate of $109 per night through Dec. 23. Agents get one free night, a $50 Hilo Hattie gift certificate or 2,500 award miles on Hawaiian Airlines for every five nights booked and used at the property. Ten percent commissions are standard, and Radisson is now extending 10% commission on luaus, dinner theater shows and wedding packages. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call the hotel at (888) 805-3843.

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