Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Nov. 29, 2004

UNITED VACATIONS is offering 5,000 bonus miles on bookings to Hawaii through Dec. 31, 2004, for travel through May 31, 2005. Sample vacations include roundtrip airfare (departing on Wednesday or Thursday nights only) and a five-night stay at the Aston Maui Banyan starting at $799 per person from the West Coast or $819 per person at the Outrigger Reef in Oahu. Packages include a two-for-one luau certificate. Packages for the Hanalei Bay Resort on Kauai begin at $869, and those for the Big Island's Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort at $829. For more information, visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

"LOKAHI: WELLNESS IN PARADISE": The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa partnered with the Maui Wellness Institute to offer a weekly program at the hotel's Spa Moana entitled "Lokahi: Wellness in Paradise." Sessions include "A Journey to the Fountain of Youth," "How to Manage Weight Without Dieting," and "Omni-Rejuvination and Guided Imagery." The program is offered every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon and costs $260 per person, or $390 per couple. Through 2004, Hyatt Regency Maui guests receive 35% off the cost. Call the spa for more information at 808-661-1234 or e-mail [email protected].  

KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL: The Kaanapali Beach Hotel is offering a winter package inspired by the humpback whales that migrate past western Maui shores each year. From January through the end of April, couples can stay at the property for five nights in a partial oceanview room, drive a rental car for duration of stay, get daily breakfast, go on a whale-watching cruise, gain admission to the Maui Ocean Center and get tickets to a Hawaiian dinner show for $1,300 per couple. Children under 18 can stay in the room at no additional cost. Visit the hotel's Web site for more information at www.kbhmaui.com.

ROMANCE: The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa hired a director of romance, Teresa Martin, who will oversee all wedding-related events at the Maui property. Martin began a South Asian wedding program for the Hilton brand in Texas, which was adopted statewide. She has organized events for former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and President George W. Bush. Visit www.grandwailea.com/weddings for more information on the hotel and its wedding programs.

SHERATON HOTELS is offering Travel Agent Education rates at all four of its Waikiki properties. Rates are $59 per night at the Princess Kaiulani; $79 at the Moana Surfrider and the Sheraton Waikiki; and $139 at the Royal Hawaiian. Rates are based on availability. Agents should call 800-782-9488 and ask for Rate Plan ID: TAED.

NORTH AMERICAN AIRLINES announced introductory fares of $99 one-way between Oakland and Maui or Honolulu to kick off their new service. Previously, the carrier had been operating from Oakland through a tour operator only; now service is available directly to the public. Go to www.northamericanair.com for more information.

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