Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Nov. 8, 2004

THE HONOLULU ZOO has broken ground on a six-phase construction project that is expected to be completed by August. The zoo is expanding to create a Discovery Zone, an 8,000-square-foot facility that will replace the existing Childrens Zoo and will be triple its size. The new facility will offer children the chance to interact with the animals as well as participate in feedings and exhibits. The second phase includes the construction of a two-story learning center that will offer educational classrooms and a 150-seat auditorium for conferences.

THE RADISSON KAUAI BEACH RESORT will host the 12th annual Slack Key Guitar Festival on Nov. 21. A related room-and-car package offers guests a rate of $159 per night for a mountain or garden room and compact car rental, valid between Nov. 17 and Dec. 3. The festival takes place in the Jasmine Ballroom from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 21 and features performances by more than a dozen of Hawaiis top slack key guitarists. For more information call (808) 245-1955 or log onto www.radissonkauai.com.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS added the Castle Kona Reef to its roster of Hawaii hotels, effective Jan. 1. The one- and two-bedroom all-suite accommodations offer guests full kitchens, outdoor barbecue areas, pool and sundeck all within walking distance of the beach on the Kona Coast. Guests of the property who book through Pleasant are offered the sixth night free, starting at $603 per person, double, which includes car rental and taxes. Visit www.pleasantholidays.com or call (800) 448-3333.

THE KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL is offering a last-minute fall special, valid for travel through Dec. 15. For $1,250 per person, the package includes five nights in an oceanview room, midsize car rental, dinner for two at the Tiki Terrace restaurant, daily breakfast for two at the Mixed Plate, a souvenir cooler packed with treats, two beach towels, snorkel gear or chaise lounge rentals for the duration of the stay and admission to the Maui Ocean Center. Go to www.kbhmaui.com for more information on the hotel or call (800) 262-8450.

THE WAIKIKI BEACHCOMBER HOTEL unveiled packages that celebrate the hotels 35th anniversary, valid between March 1 and Dec. 22, 2005. The Honeymoon Sweet Package includes a junior suite; champagne and gift basket upon arrival; daily breakfast buffet for two at the Hibiscus Café; T-shirts and sun visors; and VIP seating and pricing for tickets purchased to dinner or shows. The rate is $375 per night, double, 3-night minimum. A second Room and Car package offers a standard room and compact car rental with unlimited mileage starting at $135 per night. Rack rates for 2005 begin at $245 per night. Go to www.waikikibeachcomber.com or call (800) 622-4646 for more information.

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