Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: June 6, 2005

SUNTOURS will increase its inbound Hawaii service this summer to meet increasing demand, said William A. Goldstein, chairman and CEO of the operator's parent company, RCG Companies. Beginning June 1, SunTours will increase its Oakland service to 11 flights per week, bringing travelers direct to Honolulu, Maui, Kona and Kauai airports. The operator also has an agreement with Aloha Airlines to transfer customers between the Hawaiian Islands.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is offering customers free interisland Hawaii flights in order to promote ATA Airlines nonstop service from Los Angeles to Kona, on the Big Island. Customers who book Pleasant packages to Kona will be offered a free flight to Oahu, Maui or Kauai during their stay, and will then return to Los Angeles from the island they have chosen. The reverse holds true as well -- if travelers want to fly to Oahu, Maui or Kauai from Los Angeles, they will be offered a free ticket to Kona, where they will then catch the Kona-LAX return flight. Offer is valid through Aug. 28, 2005. Visit www.pleasantagent.com for more information.

STARWOOD is introducing a Sunrise to Sunset package at its Sheraton Kauai Resort. The offer includes a daily breakfast buffet for two; a 10% discount on dinner; nightly mai tais at sunset with a torch lighting ceremony and live Hawaiian music; discounts on certain beach activities; use of the fitness center, tennis courts and Internet; and parking. Rates begin at $215 per night and range to $365 for an oceanfront deluxe room. Visit www.sheratonkauai.com or call (888) 488-3535 for more information.


THE BISHOP MUSEUM will host a viewing party on July 3 that will mark the time a NASA space probe collides with Comet Tempel 1 over Hawaii. At 7:52 p.m. Hawaii time, a spectacular celestial show will be visible in the Hawaiian sky. The event is expected to bring in stargazers, scientists and space enthusiasts from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will take place on the Great Lawn of the Bishop. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, visit www.bishopmuseum.org or call (808) 847-3511.


THE WAILEA MARRIOTT began a multi-million dollar renovation that is expected to bring the property to J.W. Marriott status, according to Ed Fuller, president and managing director of international lodging, Marriott International. All 521 guestrooms, the lobby, pools and restaurants will be renovated. An oceanfront restaurant, a spa and an adult pool with cabana lounges will be built. The project is slated to be completed by July of 2006. The hotel will stay open during the renovations.

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