Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: July 18, 2005

AMERICA WEST, which has been talking about launching Hawaii service since announcing its merger with US Airways, will do just that Dec. 16 with daily flights from its Phoenix hub to Honolulu, Oahu and Kahului, Maui, on 757 aircraft. In early March, the airline will start a daily flight from its Las Vegas hub to Kahului, four weekly flights from Phoenix to Lihue, Kauai, and three weekly flights from Phoenix to Kona, Hawaii (the Big Island). It also plans to add a second daily Phoenix-Honolulu flight at that time. Go to www.americawest.com for more information.

THE AYURVEDA CENTER of Hawaii is offering two wellness retreats this fall. The first is a 10-day cleansing and rejuvenation program called Pancha Karma, which will take place on the North Shore of Kauai. The second is a seven-day yoga-lifestyle retreat that will take place on the Big Island. Both retreats will be hosted by, Darci Frankel, owner of the Ayurveda Center and the Hanalei Day Spa. The price start at $2,300 per person, inclusive of airport transfers, accommodations, three meals daily, yoga and meditation sessions, consultation, massage and excursions (a swim with the dolphins or a hike around Kilauea, the active volcano). Visit www.panchakarma.com or call (808) 826-1811.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, Kapalua created an Escape to Maui package that guarantees the fifth night free to those who book five consecutive nights, a room upgrade and a daily breakfast for two. The package is valid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 15, 2005, and starts at $405 per night for a gardenview (with the upgrade to partial oceanview) or $475 for partial oceanview (with an upgrade to oceanview). Taxes and $15 resort fee are not included. Call (808) 669-6200 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/kapalua.

THE ABHASA SPA at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki introduced the Sundari Bamboo Facial. Touted by spa director Peter Georgeson as the perfect treatment for those with sensitive skin, the facial uses Hawaii-grown bamboo, which is ground into a powder and used to exfoliate, while a bamboo cleanser and lotion balances the skin and invigorates cell regeneration. Call (808) 922-8200 for pricing and reservations.

THE HOOKIPA TERRACE at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, currently under construction, will be home to four new restaurants. The mall is a draw to many tourists who come to Honolulu, who will be able to dine at Romanos Macaroni Grill, Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks, Gyoza No Ohsho Japanese Buffet, and a yet-to-be determined fourth restaurant. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2006.

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