Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: July 4, 2005

THE HYATT REGENCY Resort and Spa rebranded as the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa after renovating guestrooms, meeting space and public areas. More changes are to come over the next six months, including additions and enhancements to the Anara Spa, as well as additional training programs for employees.

THE SHERATON KAUAI RESORT launched a Surf to Sunset Luau, held on a bluff overlooking Poipu Beach, on the southern shores of Kauai. The luau is held Mondays and Fridays at 6 p.m. Dining options are the $68 buffet, which includes the evenings entertainment, or the Golden Circle package for $80 per person, which includes premier seating, table service and a photographer who will shoot your group. Tickets for children 6 to 12 are $34.  For more info or reservations, go to www.sheratonkauai.com/de_skluau.htm or call (808) 742-1661.

THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER on Oahus North Shore is offering families the Ohana Adventure and Passport to Polynesia package. The deal gives visitors who purchase the pass access to the center and an activities booklet for kids. In addition, customers can use the pass for one free youth admission to Hawaiian Waters Adventures Park with the purchase of two adult tickets; a free youth admission to the Kualoa Ranch Movie Set Tour with the purchase of one adult ticket; and a free youth ticket per family to Sea Life Park by Dolphin Discovery. The package costs $36 per adult and $25 for children 3 to 11. Call (800) 367-7060 for more information.


ALOHA AIRLINES is offering a special on one-way, nonstop flights between the U.S. mainland and Honolulu, Maui or Kona, for travel between Aug. 22 and Oct. 12. The tickets start at $149 each way, and can be found on a limited basis at www.alohaair.com.  


MASTER M IXOLOGIST Dale DeGroff will be back at the Halekulani in Waikiki this summer to host cocktail seminars. The Director of Beverage Arts in Residence at Halekulani, as his official title goes, will host a martini lecture, demonstration and tasting on July 15. On July 19, he will focus on tequila. The classes are limited to 30 students. Call (808) 931-5040 for reservations. Tuition is $40 per person, and classes last from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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