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, www.hawaiiconvention.com, 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