Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Oct. 29, 2007

GOV. LINDA LINGLE is expected to call a special session of the Hawaii state legislature following the completion of state-organized public hearings to gauge public support for the restart of interisland service by Hawaii Superferry while an environmental review is completed. Emotions remain polarized on the issue. The legislature is considering legislation that would restore service under strict state supervision, while allowing for community involvement. In exchange, the state would be free of liability for growing losses being incurred by Hawaii Superferry's owners. A lawsuit is a possibility should service be suspended pending the findings of an environmental evaluation.

RESORTQUEST HAWAII is offering Sweet Suite Golf packages at the Waikoloa Colony Villas and the ResortQuest Waikoloa condominiums. The package rate includes two rounds of golf at Waikoloa Resort's Beach or Kings courses. Additional value-added components are included on bookings for a three-night minimum stay through Dec. 24. Call (866) 774-2924 or visit www.resortquesthawaii.com. (Note: The phone number listed for ResortQuest's cash-back agent incentive in the Oct. 22 Hawaii E-letter was incomplete. The correct phone number is listed here.)

APPLE VACATIONS has introduced the Endless Aloha promotion for bookings made through Nov. 3. The special includes car rental and room upgrades as well as other value-added extras. Call (800) 365-2775 or visit www.applevacations.com or www.myappleonline.com.

THE W HONOLULU DIAMOND HEAD is offering the Baby Me Package that includes value-added extras for expectant mothers. The package is available until April 30, 2008. Call (888) 627-7816.

THE KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT on Oahu is undergoing a $30 million upgrade to be completed incrementally. Rooms are being stripped to the walls and modernized with new flooring, furnishings, bathroom components and art. Rooms on the first four floors have been completed, with remaining rooms in the main tower to be completed by the end of the year. Rooms in the Dolphin Lagoon Wing and upgrades to public areas will continue into 2008. Upgrades include a new spa, set to open in 2008; it will replace the existing spa. The hotel will remain open during the renovations, with completion not likely until 2009.

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].

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