Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: March 26, 2007

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS has announced a package coinciding with the Diamond Head Crater Celebration on May 19. Pleasant Holidays is a sponsor of the event, which takes place in Diamond Head Crater. Five-night Crater Celebration vacations begin at $638 per person, double, for stays May 16 to 21. Included are accommodations at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Sheraton Waikiki or Sheraton Moana Surfrider; round-trip airport transfers; reserved concert seating; and concert shuttle transfers. Air, itinerary extensions, and commissionable activities are also available as add-ons. Call (800) 865-5699 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.

GO! AIRLINES has launched go!Express under a codeshare agreement with Mokulele Airlines. Effective April 16, go!Express will operate 12 daily flights between Kona and Kahului; Kahului and Kapalua; and Kapalua and Honolulu using new Cessna aircraft. Call (888) I-FLY-GO2 or visit www.iflygo.com.

THE HONOLULU AIRPORT HOTEL has joined the Ohana group following a multimillion dollar renovation that included guest room refurbishment and enhancements to its poolside restaurant. The final phase of the renovation, upgrading the rooms in the hotel's annex building, will be completed in June. Call (800) 462-6262, visit www.ohanahotels.com or e-mail [email protected].

BIG ISLAND HAPPENINGS

" Hilo Ocean Adventures has opened the Big Island's Hilo and Hamakua coasts to a new adventure activity aboard a rigid aluminum inflatable vessel (RAIV). The three-hour excursion departs Hilo and makes its way along the east coast to Laupahoehoe, a route that's particularly scenic because of the many waterfalls and towering Mauna Kea in the background. Marine life, including dolphins and sea turtles, are seen all year, with humpback whales seen November through mid-May. The RAIV can carry up to 15 passengers. Tours are $89 per person for the three-hour waterfall journey and $39 for the seasonal, two-hour whale watch. Call (808) 756-4100.

" Hawaii Forest & Trail has added a visit to an ancient agricultural terrace, which it has helped to restore to taro production, to its Kohala Waterfalls Adventure. The hiking adventure, on a trail suitable for novice hikers, includes a swim in a cool mountain stream. Visit www.hawaii-forest.com.

" Elderhostel is offering a Big Island Odyssey: Earth, Sky and Sea from July 1 to 12. Designed for those 55 and older and accompanying children ages 9 to 12, the program includes a range of natural history excursions and is priced at $1,832 for adults and $1,732 for kids. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].

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