Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Nov. 15, 2004

PARKER RANCH: The Big Island's Parker Ranch added sporting clays to its list of outdoor-related activities. Five shooters can simultaneously aim at clay pigeons released from 7 different throwers. Ten rounds is the required minimum, at 25 targets per round. Each round costs $25. The Parker Ranch also offers year-round hunting of game like boar, goat and bull. Small-game bird hunts are also available; costs range from $375 to $1,850. For more information call 808-885-7655 or check out the Parker Ranch website, www.parkerranch.com.

"ARTS WITH ALOHA," an organization backed by the Honolulu Academy of Arts, released its January-to-March lineup of visual and performing arts events throughout Hawaii. Events beginning in January include Stomp, the Shanghai Circus, First Friday's Gallery Walk and Romeo and Juliet, performed by the Honolulu Symphony. February brings about Neo Rauch's works from the Leipziger Volkszettung Collection, Mark Pinkosh's one-man comedy show "Haole Boy," a Hawaiian music concert series and Miss Saigon. For a free 32-page brochure, check the Web site (www.honoluluacademy.org), call (808) 532-8713 or email [email protected].

TEE TIME: January will be dubbed "Aloha Swing" month on the Golf Channel, which will devote coverage to Hawaii's multiple golf events as well as the islands themselves as a destination for golfers. Four pro events take place during the month, two on Oahu, one on the Big Island and one on Maui. "Aloha Swing" was a collaboration by the Golf Channel and the Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau (HVCB). There will be a Hawaiian vacation sweepstakes offered on thegolfchannel.com. For more information and schedules of programming, visit www.gohawaii.com or call 800-GOHAWAII.

The MAUNA LANI RESORT introduced new packages, valid from Jan. 3 through Dec. 20, 2005. The Mauna Lani Experience package begins at $350 for a standard room and includes daily breakfast buffet for two. A three-night minimum stay is required. The Ohana package includes two oceanview rooms and free Kid's Day camp for two children starting at $620 per night. The five-night Romantic Interludes package starts with champagne upon arrival, daily breakfast for two, snorkel or sunset sail for two, two 50-minute spa treatments and a volcano helicopter tour for two, beginning at $3,075. Visit www.maunalani.com or call 800-367-2323 for more information on the hotel.

OUTRIGGER HOTELS & RESORTS extended its $50 Condo Booking Bonus for travel agents through 2005. The bonus is paid on top of the hotelier's regular commission and is valid for bookings of five nights or longer through Dec. 21, 2005. Between the Hawaiian Islands, Outrigger has 10 condominium properties. For booking the $50 bonus, log on to www.outrigger.com/bookingbonus.

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