Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: March 28, 2005

OPRAH WINFREY, who owns thousands of acres of land on the west-facing slopes of Mauis dormant volcano, Haleakala, began acquiring the appropriate permits to open a number of inns and bed-and-breakfasts. OW Ranch in Kula received approval from the Maui County Council for a five-year permit to operate 12 vacation-rental rooms, according to local media. The ranch would be Winfreys first construction on her property in Maui.

THE RENAISSANCE WAILEA BEACH RESORT kicked off a travel agent promotion that extends through May 31 and will also run from Sept. 1 to Dec. 15. The promotion offers a $99 rate to all agents, excluding taxes, and is subject to availability. The regular agent rate is $160. During the same period, the Renaissance is offering agency clients rates that begin at $309 for terraceview rooms. Call (808) 879-4900 or visit for more information.


THE LODGE & BEACH VILLAGE at Molokai Ranch is offering a package for two people that includes seven nights (four in an oceanview room at the lodge and three in a gardenview tentalow in the beach village), rental car, and roundtrip ferry transfer to and from Maui. The price is $2,099 for two, and room upgrades are available. Packages are commissionable to agents and available only on the Internet (e-mail [email protected]) or by calling the property at (808) 534-9561.

THE KEAUHOU BEACH RESORT on Hawaiis Big Island has been rebranded as an Outrigger property after receiving major overhauls of its restaurants, banquet facilities, lobby and common areas. The Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort will fly an Ohana brand flag, and has 309 guest rooms, many of which sit on a bluff overlooking Keauhou Bay. The hotel has meeting facilities, salon and spa services, tennis courts, a pool, shops and Hawaiian cultural programs for adults and kids. A Sunday brunch and Saturday-night lobster dinner are new dining opportunities at the property. Visit for more information.

THE DOUBLETREE ALANA HOTEL in Waikiki completed a $2.9 million renovation that transformed all 45 suites and 268 guest rooms. Deep green and burgundy colors are paired with soft natural woods to invoke an old Hawaiiana ambiance. Carpets, wallpaper, curtains, furniture and televisions are all new. Also, Doubletree unveiled Sweet Dreams pillow-top mattresses. Visit for more information.


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