Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Nov. 12, 2007

THE HAWAII SUPERFERRY saga continues. Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle signed legislation permitting Hawaii Superferry to resume service between Oahu, Maui and Kauai. The legislation requires the ferry to take certain steps to minimize its impact on the environment while the State conducts an environmental study. Superferry officials said they hoped to resume service this week; however, Maui Circuit Court Judge Joseph Cardoza last Wednesday delayed an action on a request to lift his injunction against the ferry service. A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 14 regarding the injunction.

THE HAWAII VISITORS & CONVENTION BUREAU launched a promotional campaign that focuses on storytelling as a means of promoting the human side of Hawaii. The new initiative includes seven GoHawaii videos featuring Hawaii's people sharing stores of the islands and the unique experiences that await visitors. The new campaign is available in a Web site partnership with TurnHere, an online video solutions platform. Visit http://gohawaii.turnhere.com to view the videos.

TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS is offering a third night free at Starwood properties on Maui through Dec. 16. Participating hotels include the Sheraton Maui Resort (three-night package starts at $719 per person, double), Westin Maui Resort & Spa (starting at $749) and the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort & Villas (starting at $939). Call (800) 284-0044; agents earn a 1% bonus when booking via www.travelimpressions.com.

EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS

" Bike Hawaii, which offers a variety of hike, bike and snorkel tours on Oahu, has added a Rainforest to Reef Adventure, which starts with a hike in the Windward Koolau Mountains followed by kayaking and snorkeling in Kaneohe Bay. The tour is commissionable, with pre-bookings recommended. Call (877) 682-7433 or visit www.bikehawaii.com.

" The Original Glider Rides, operating from an airstrip at the base of the Waianae Mountains on Oahu's North Shore, pays 15% on bookings. Rides -- which are in sailplanes/gliders and not hang gliders -- are designed to fly without an engine and be carried aloft by the trade winds. Rides range from scenic to acrobatic, and hands-on mini-lessons and are priced at $59 to $149 for 10 to 15 minutes in the air. Call (808) 637-0207 or visit www.honolulusoaring.com.

" The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is offering a weeklong tour to Hawaii departing Feb. 29 focused on World War II sites. The museum's resident historian will accompany the group, which will be addressed by other historians and survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Before departing for Honolulu, the tour visits WWII-related sites in San Diego and Los Angeles; accommodations in Oahu are at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The tour, Pearl Harbor: America's Entry into World War II, is priced from $4,990 per person, double, and includes accommodations; transfers; entrance fees to museums and attractions; daily breakfasts and some other meals; and roundtrip air from Los Angeles. Optional post-tour packages also are available. Call (877) 813-3329, ext 257 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org.

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].

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