Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: May 9, 2005

THE HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI began the final phase of its $16 million room renovation, which should take approximately five months to complete. This last phase includes all the rooms in the Diamond Head Tower, as the rooms in the Ewa Tower were completed in Nov. 2004. From wallpaper to showerheads, artwork, drapes and lamps, all 1,230 guest rooms will have been totally renovated by the end of the project.

THE ORGANIZERS of the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival announced the celebrity chef lineup for this year's festival, which will take place on Maui, July 7 to 10. Bev Gannon, chef and owner of the Hali'imaile General Store and Joe's in Wailea will prepare her unique Pacific Rim cuisine, while J. Joho of Chicago's Everest, Brasserie Jo and Eiffel Tower will show her knowledge of wine pairings with her cuisine. Michael Mina-a James Beard, award-winning chef from San Francisco (Nob Hill, Aqua and Pisces), will also demonstrate at the event. For tickets, call (866) 669-2440 or visit

THE BISHOP MUSEUM announced the schedule for its annual Moonlight Mele concert series. Local Hawaiian performers sing, dance and entertain in a courtyard at the center of the Bishop Museum grounds. Food and beverages are available for sale throughout the evening. June 16 features Maunalua, July 21 will spotlight Ho'okena & da Braddahs, while Makaha Sons play on August 11. Tickets are $15, concerts begin at 6 p.m. Call (808) 848-4187 or visit for more information.

THE KE KUMU 'O MAUNA LANI at the Mauna Lani Resort, May 27 to 31, will feature Dr. Lori Alvord as a primary speaker. Alvord is the first woman of the Navajo nation to become a  surgeon. She is Dean of Students at Dartmouth Medical School and author of "The Scalpel and the Silver Bear." Other speakers will be Dr. Jeffry Life from the Cenegenics Medical Institute, who will speak on aging; and Dr. Bertice Berry, a sociologist and lecturer who has appeared on Oprah, Late Night with Jay Leno and 20/20. For more information, call (800) 367-2323 or visit


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