Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: March 27, 2006

MESA AIR GROUP unveiled the name, launch date and introductory fares for the low-fare inter-island service it plans to offer in Hawaii, and began taking reservations. Mesa is calling the airline Go! and plans to launch the service June 9 with introductory one-way fares as low as $39. Reservations can be made at or by calling (888) IFLYGO2. Hawaiian Airlines, however, still is trying to make "Go!" stop. Hawaiian recently filed a lawsuit alleging Mesa is launching inter-island service based on propriety business information it obtained from Hawaiian when the airline was in bankruptcy. Hawaiian is asking the court for an injunction that would prevent Mesa from launching the service for at least two years.

CLASSIC RESORTS is offering travel agents one free night at associated Maui and Big Island properties for every five nights they book for clients. The offer, valid through 2006, carries no limits to the number of nights agents can earn for themselves. Go to for more information.

THE KAPALUA LAND CO. announced that golf course designer Tom Fazio will create a members-only course at the Kapalua Resort in West Maui. The new 18-hole course will take the place of the current Village Course, which will close by February 2007.

HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE has officially opened its $6 million Ocean Crystal Chapel, which seats 70 people. Japan-based Best Bridal Hawaii will operate the chapel in partnership with Hilton. Go to for more information.


THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER will host the 14th annual World Fireknife Competition May 18 to 20. Over 40 competitors in adult and junior categories will dance and twirl flaming knives in front of an audience. The championship round is slated for May 20 at 8 p.m. Go to for information and tickets.


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