Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Jan 3, 2005

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES said it had the top load factor of any U.S.-based airline for the month of November. Citing an 87.4% load factor, the next closest carrier was JetBlue at 83.8%. The bad news is that the carrier also released its November earnings results, a $3 million operating loss on gross revenue of $58.6 million. The carrier said increased fuel prices and high labor costs are to blame for the loss.

THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN will begin offering a new spa package on Jan. 8. The "Royal Treatment" package will include an oceanfront room, two spa treatments per person at the in-house Abhasa Spa and a $100 dining credit. Flower leis, a welcome banana bread, daily newspaper and a gift basket also are included. The "Royal Treatment" will be set at $650 per night for a four-night minimum stay, double. A number of additional treatments are offered, including hair care, color and highlighting, make-up applications and lessons, waxing, manicures and pedicures, facials and Ayurvedic treatments. Prices range from $75 to $250. For more information about the spa, visit www.royal-hawaiian.com/nh_abhasa.htm. The spa can be called directly at (808) 922-8200 and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

THE HALEKULANI CORP., which owns the Halekulani and the Waikiki Parc, said that Fred Honda will retire as general manager of the Halekulani as soon as a suitable replacement is found. Honda had been with the company since 1999 and oversaw complete hotel renovations as well as the creation of the Vera Wang Suite and the Royal Suite. Honda also managed the Kapalua Bay Hotel on Maui, which was owned by Halekulani Corp. prior to 1999. Visit www.halekulani.com for information on the hotel.

ISLAND AIR will begin flying from Kona (on the Big Island) direct to Lihue, Kauai, as well as from Kona to Hilo (also on the Big Island) beginning on Jan. 10. A spokesman from the carrier said that there also are plans to increase service between both Big Island airports and Kahului, Maui. New schedules for Island Air can be viewed on its Web site, www.islandair.com.

THE ASTON WAIKIKI BEACH TOWER condominium vacation rental property offers guests 1,200- to 1,500-square-foot suites complete with kitchens and balconies. Services include valet parking, room service and maid service. Prices begin at $320 per night for a two-bedroom, two-bath suite. Penthouse suites begin at $660 per night. Aston also is offering condo units at Kaanapali Shores Maui, which begin at $281 per night for two-bedroom, two-bath units. The Shores at Waikoloa is Aston's Big Island property that has a golf course, tennis courts and a barbecue area. Rooms have washers, dryers and complete kitchens and start at $205 per night for two-bedroom, two-bath suites. Go to www.astonhotels.com/aston/hotDeals.do for more information.

CORRECTION: Rates for single-room studios at the Outrigger Luana Waikiki start at $149 per night. Incorrect information appeared in the Dec. 20 Hawaii E-letter. For more information, call (808) 955-6000 or visit www.outrigger.com/hotels_detail.aspx?hotel=86.

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