Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: July 11, 2005

UNITED VACATIONS is offering travelers 8,000 bonus miles (4,000 per adult) when they book four-night air-hotel packages to Hilton or Doubletree properties in Hawaii. The offer is valid for bookings made by July 31 for travel Sept. 1 through Dec. 15, 2005. The promotional code is HILTONMLS. Packages start at $629 to the Doubletree Alana Hotel Waikiki from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Go to www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

THE PINEAPPLE GRILL opened at the Kapalua Resort in mid-June, adding a new fine dining experience in western Maui. Pacific island cuisine is the culinary theme. Theres an expansive wine list, fresh local seafood, and sweeping views of Kapalua Resorts Bay Golf Course and the ocean. A glassed-in wine room is available for private parties or functions. For reservations and more information, call (808) 669-9600 or log on to www.pineapplekapalua.com.

ISLAND AIR launched two new daily flights. The first is between Kapalua, Maui, and Kona, on the Big Island; the second links Kahului, Maui, with Kona. The flights will aid in the summer travel boom, and will be in effect through Sept. 5. Rob Mauracher, CEO of Island Air, said that the lift will greatly increase tourism opportunities to western Maui -- destinations like Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua. One-way fares will begin at $89. Those booking at www.islandair.com receive a 10% discount.  

MAUI DIVERS JEWELRYS Pick-a-Pearl business, which was established in 1959 and operates 50 locations, will open two concessions aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of Aloha, beginning in mid-July. The two stores will be called Galleria Fine Jewelry and Ocean Treasures. The company focuses on Tahitian Black Pearls, diamonds and gemstones. For more information, log on to www.mauidivers.com or call (800) 253-6016.

VRX STUDIOS entered into a one-year agreement with Hawaiian Vacations, which will license VRXs hotel images for the Hawaiian Vacations Web site at www.hawaiianvacations.com. Hawaiian Vacations is part of a family business that specializes in travel between Alaska and Hawaii.

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