Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: March 19, 2007

THE CRASH OF TWO HELICOPTERS while on aerial tours on Kauai has led to calls for more stringent regulation of the Hawaii air tour industry. Crashes have resulted in 39 deaths since 1994, and a recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board condemned the Federal Aviation Administration's lax supervision and failure to fully enforce regulations. There seems to be no pattern as to cause, with mechanical error, bad weather and pilot error all playing a role in recent crashes. The helicopter air tour business, with a 40-year track record, generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues annually in Hawaii, with helicopter tours offered on Kauai, the Big Island, Maui, Molokai and Oahu.

HILTON HAWAII has revealed details of its HHonors Mahalo Program for 2007. A stay at any of six Hilton Family properties in Hawaii earns up to 10,000 HHonors bonus points. Participating Hilton properties include the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island, the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Beach, the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio (as of April 2007) and Doubletree's Wyland Waikiki, and Alana Hotel-Waikiki. Guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hilton Kauai Beach Resort, Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio, and Alana Hotel-Waikiki also receive a plush bathrobe valued at $85. Points-generating bookings are commissionable to agents only if booked online or direct with Hilton. Call (800) HILTONS or visit

SHERATON HOTELS & RESORTS is offering four-night packages at two of its Waikiki properties through Dec. 25 (blackout dates apply). The Sheraton Waikiki's Waikiki Connection includes an oceanfront room at $575 per night including daily breakfast and dinner for two, a catamaran sail and a gift basket. To book, use rate code WKKCONN. Meanwhile, the Royal Hawaiian's Royal Treatment, priced at $745 per night for two, includes two spa treatments per person, a $100 dining credit and other amenities. To book, use rate code RYL TREAT. Call (888) 488-3535 or visit


" The Hawaii Tourism Authority has named visitor industry veteran David Uchiyama as its new marketing director. Uchiyama leaves a position as regional director of communications for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii and French Polynesia. 

" The Outrigger Condominium Collection has named Hawaii tourism veteran Dale Stetson as regional director-Kauai. The company operates the Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa, the Kiahuna Plantation and the Lae nani.

" The Ala Moana Hotel has named Grant James as general manager and Ron Takayama as assistant general manager. The property recently began operations as an affiliate of the Outrigger chain.

" The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua has named Marc Nasser as director of group sales, overseeing the property's six group sales managers.

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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