Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: July 25, 2005

THE RENAISSANCE Ilikai Waikiki Hotel offers a three-night family package valid for the duration of 2005, starting at $687. The deal includes accommodations with a full kitchen, four passes to Ultrazone laser-tag fun center, a family beach amenity (two beach buckets, shovels, beach ball and children's sunglasses) and a kids' picnic (six-pack of soda, loaf of bread, jar of peanut butter and jelly, Maui potato chips and a box of chocolate-covered Macadamia nuts. Go to or call (808) 949-3811.

SUNTERRA CORP. entered into an agreement to purchase all of Poipu Resort Partners for $27 million. Sunterra already owned 30% of the resort group, which operates the 22-acre, 219-unit Embassy Vacation Resort Poipu Point in Kauai. The purchase is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. Sunterra purchased West Maui Resort Partners last year, which owns and operates the Embassy Vacation Resort in Kaanapali, Maui.


WAIKOLOA Beach & Golf Resort on the Big Island scheduled its annual Waikoloa Women &#146s Golf Challenge for October 21-23. The two-day tournament will take place on the Beach and Kings courses, and includes a welcome reception and draw party at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, followed by a dinner at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Pro golfer Cindy Rarick will be a featured guest throughout the weekend, and will offer pointers and help raise money for the Hawaii State Women’s Golf Foundation through par-3 shootout. Entrance fee is $650 and includes all golf, dinners, parties and awards. Deadline to register is Sept. 30. Call (808) 922-5333 and ask for code WWGC.


THE KO OLINA Resort will host the Ko Olina Triathlon Oct. 2, the proceeds of which will go directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and Ko Olina Charities. Recognized by the USA Triathlon committee, the event starts with a swim in each of the resort’s four lagoons, followed by a 30-kilometer bike ride that winds through the Campbell Industrial Park. The final 4.5-mile run finishes at the resort. On Oct. 1, a condensed version of the triathlon is scheduled for children. For more information, log on to


THE POIPU BAY GOLF COURSE on Kauai is celebrating its 15th anniversary with end-of-summer deals for golfers traveling to the island through Sept. 30. Groups of eight or more women will pay $35 for greens fees, plus a 15% discount on breakfast or lunch at the Poipu Bay Grill. A couples special offers 50% off a second greens fee when one is paid at the regular rate of $185 (or $125 for guests of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa). Call (808) 742-8711 for more information and tee times.


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