Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Nov. 6, 2006

TWO POPULAR 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.

HOTEL HAPPENINGS

" 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 guests.

" 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.

SEPTEMBER 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 E-letter.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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