Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: May 30, 2005

THE HAWAII CONVENTION CENTER unveiled its redesigned Web site at the same time it announced its newest marketing initiative, The Hawaii Advantage, in which the convention center is positioning Hawaii as the world's most ideal place for an international convention or meeting. The Web site,, has 360-degree tours of various meeting rooms, and there is a section with news and interactive tools that planners can use to plan meetings.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES will begin code sharing with Island Air in the fall, thus enabling Continental customers to fly to destinations offered by the interisland carrier on one ticket. Connections can be made from Honolulu Airport to Kahului and Kapalua on Maui, Kona and Hilo on the Big Island, Lihue on Kauai, and Lanai and Molokai airports.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, KAPALUA will begin a Polynesian luau this summer, beginning June 28. A traditional buffet of Polynesian foods will be paired with tropical cocktails, music and hula performances. The cost is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child, including tax and gratuity. For a schedule, menu and description of events, call the resort at (808) 669-6200.  

STARWOOD VACATION OWNERSHIP broke ground on the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North, in Maui. There will be 258 vacation units when completed. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2007.

THE HALEKULANI in Waikiki began a cocktail seminar hosted by Dale DeGroff, 20-year veteran bartender of New York City's Rainbow Room. Participants will taste various concoctions as well as learn tricks used by master pourers around the world, as taught by DeGroff. Classes are limited to 20 students. Participants will receive a signed copy of DeGroff's new book, The Craft of the Cocktail. The seminar is $40 and is held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On June 23, tropical rum drinks will be the focus; July 15, martinis; and on July 19, tequila. Call (808) 931-5040 for more information.


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