ACTIVITIES on the Big Island have closed in the wake of
the earthquake that hit Hawaii Oct. 15. Flumin' Da Ditch, which
took visitors on a boat trip in the irrigation ditch built into the
mountains a century ago, and HMV Hummer Tours, which took in North
Kohala's wild country, will not reopen.
" Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is taking over
management of the 837-room Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki,
effective Jan. 1. The hotel is owned and operated by Honolulu-based
HTH Hotels, which also owns and manages the Pagoda and King
Kamehameha Kona on the Big Island.
" The Hilton Kauai Beach Resort welcomed its first
guests on Oct. 28, following an $18 million renovation. The
low-rise property sits on 25 beachfront acres, which leads to a
largely undeveloped three-mile-long stretch of beach. The Hilton
provides free shuttle service to the Lihue airport for
" The Trump International Hotel and Tower at Waikiki
Beach Walk has attracted 1,500 potential condo buyers, according to
a Honolulu Advertiser report. Prices range from $445,000 for a
furnished studio to $4.5-million for a three-bedroom penthouse.
Work is scheduled to begin on the 462-unit condo-hotel in December,
with completion scheduled for mid-2009.
OCCUPANCY at Hawaii's hotels was 77.6%, down 1.6% from
2005. Oahu's hotel occupancy declined 4.8%. Despite the decline,
hotel revenue surged 7.5% to $167.69.
CORRECTION: The Whale Encounter package at
Maui's Kaanapali Beach Hotel is priced at $1,469 per couple. An
incorrect price was listed in the Oct. 30 Hawaii
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