Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: November 7, 2005

THE COCO PALMS RESORT on Kauai will reopen after a head-to-toe restoration, scheduled for completion in 2007. The resort was heavily damaged by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 and has been closed since then. The property is owned by Petrie Ventures and the Weiser Companies and is home to an animal zoo and the Coco Palms Chapel, used in Elvis Presleys Blue Hawaii, which was filmed on the property in 1961 as well as the movie Miss Sadie Thompson in 1953. The hotel will feature 104-rooms and 200 condo units, as well as one Elvis Presley Bungalow, which will be situated closest to the beach and will be restored as a sort of Elvis museum. It has not been announced who will manage the property as of press time.

CENTEX DESTINATION PROPERTIES announced that buyers have claimed all 72 Beach Villas at Ko Olina on Oahu within the first three hours that the homes were put on the market. The homes are considered part of the first phase of villa development Centex plans on building in the area in western Honolulu. The homes wont be completed until early 2008 at the earliest. Centex has also built Kolea and HaliI Kai at Waikoloa on the Big Island, as well as the Ko Olina Golf Estates and Hillside Villas on Oahu. Visit for more information.

THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT MAUI launched a new Do Not Disturb: Romantic Encounter package that entails a gourmet dining extravaganza, spa treatments and bath amenities -- all in the comfort of ones room. During a couples stay, guests briefly meet with a room service manager to arrange for a custom menu, and the staff takes care of the rest while guests enjoy the resort. Scented candles, champagne, rose petals and a bath drawn by a spa specialist are only a few of the amenities couples will find upon returning to the room. Package rates start at $975. To book, call (800) 819-5053 or (808) 874-8000; log on to for more details on the hotel.

GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS created a six-night romance package with roundtrip air out of San Jose, Calif., starting at $1,259 per person, double. Available for travel through Dec. 9, packages feature stays at select hotels including Oahus the Hyatt Regency Waikiki; the Hilton Hawaiian Village, also in Waikiki; the Kauai Marriott Resort; the Fairmont Orchid, on the Big Islands Kohala Coast; or the Westin Maui Resort; mid-week air on Hawaiian Airlines; a car rental upgrade; daily breakfast for two; a 2-for-1 sunset dinner sail; a gift of freshwater pearl earrings; and a $100 gift certificate. Log on to or call (800) 229-4999 for complete package details.


PLEASANT HOLIDAYS teamed with the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club to offer discounted room rates through Dec. 15. Five-night, air-inclusive vacations begin at $1,142 per person, double, with roundtrip air from Los Angeles, including use of a car rental during the stay, accommodations and taxes. Additional room nights and alternative gateway cities are available. Pre-booking excursions and activities will earn agents additional commissions. For more information visit or call (800) 448-3333.


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