Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Sept. 3, 2007

THE LONG-AWAITED HAWAII SUPERFERRY ran into some stumbling blocks just days after it officially launched. Environmental groups staged a protest against the Oahu-Kauai service on Aug. 27 as the Alakai, Hawaii Superferry's sole vessel, approached Kauai's harbor. The 350-foot ferry was met by dozens of protesters riding surfboards while others gathered at the pier where the vessel would dock. After being made aware of the protests, the U.S. Coast Guard escorted the Alakai to the harbor where the ferry was able to dock. Hawaii Superferry noted that the USCG could not provide an update on safe passage into Kauai's harbor and decided to suspend service for the time being. In addition, a restraining order was filed by environmentalists to block service into Maui. On Aug. 29, the judge presiding over the matter ruled to continue the temporary restraining order and set hearing dates for this week and next. As of press time, Maui service has been suspended through at least Sept. 11, pending the court's decision. For updated information, visit www.hawaiisuperferry.com.

 

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES, which is repositioning the Pride of Hawaii to Europe, is reevaluating its service in Hawaii. According to newspaper reports, NCL will see if removing the largest of its three interisland cruise ships reverses losses generated by its Hawaii operations. The company is also evaluating whether changes in staffing that will allow at least 25% of staff to be drawn from those with green cards helps solve its staffing difficulties. No decision is anticipated before the end of 2008.

THE BIG ISLAND VISITORS BUREAU is expanding its Waikoloa office, with Deanna Isbister named as sales manager responsible for the North America leisure markets. She is charged with developing and maintaining relationships with agents and wholesalers. Isbister has worked with ResortQuest Hawaii, Apple Vacations and Hyatt Hotels. In addition, Adele Preza has accepted a position as senior director of sales, and Kristin McGrath was named senior director of marketing.

COLLETTE VACATIONS has introduced its 10-day, three-island (Oahu, Maui and Kauai) Hawaii tours for 2008. In addition, Collette Vacations is guaranteeing oceanview rooms for any three-night stay on Kauai booked as part of its Hawaiian Adventure tours. Call (800) 832-4656 or visit www.collettevacations.com.

MARRIOTT is offering golf packages at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island and the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa on Oahu. The Waikoloa Escape Golf Package includes unlimited golf for one or two people at either of Waikoloa's two Kauai Lagoons' courses, starting at $344 per night, and is valid through Dec. 14. The Ihilani package starts at $699 for oceanview accommodations and two rounds of golf daily. For Waikoloa call (877) 359-3696. For Ihilani, call (800) 626-4446.

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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