Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: September 12, 2005

THE OUTRIGGER WAIKIKI on the Beach has announced it will be the first Honolulu hotel to offer free high-speed Internet access and free long-distance domestic telephone calls for guest, beginning immediately. Ethernet cables have been installed in all rooms, and wireless access is an option from public areas throughout the hotel. The hotel recently completed a $20 million renovation, adding a new restaurant (Hula Grill) and amenities like oversized bathtubs with ocean views in some rooms. For more information log on to www.outriggerwaikiki.com or call (800) OUTRIGGER.


PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is teaming with the Sheraton Keauhou Resort on Hawaiis Big Island to offer value-added packages, valid through Dec. 25. The Sunrise to Sunset promotion includes daily breakfast for two, a daily Mai Tai cocktail at sunset, free meals for kids 12 and under, free in-room coffee and tea, full use of the resorts fitness center and childrens activity center and Internet access. Five-night, land-only packages begin at $659 per person, double, and includes a rental car and hotel taxes. Go to www.pleasantagent.com or call (800) 448-3333.

THE RENAISSANCE Ilikai Waikiki Hotel introduced a family package valid for the duration of 2005. The three-night family package starts at $687 and includes accommodations with full kitchen, four passes to Ultrazone laser-tag fun center, a family beach amenity (two beach buckets, shovels, beach ball and childrens sunglasses) and kids picnic amenity (six-pack of soda, loaf of bread, jar of peanut butter and jelly, Maui potato chips and a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts. The 703-room Ilikai is in walking distance to Ala Moana Beach Park, Ala Moana Shopping Center, Waikiki Beach and the Hawaii Convention Center. Go to www.ilikaihotel.com or call (808) 949-3811 for more information.

THE BISHOP MUSEUM on Oahu will open its $17 million Science Adventure Center on Nov. 19. Ten major exhibits include an erupting volcano, deep-sea remote-operated vehicles and live insect habitats, while 20 minor exhibits such as the Rainbow Bridge, Hawaiian Origins Tunnel and the Living Islands Gallery. Admission to the museum is $15 for adults, $12 for kids 4 to 12; open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (808) 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org for more information.

THE RADISSON Kauai Beach Resort is offering a variety of romance packages this fall geared toward couples either planning a wedding, renewing vows or going on their honeymoon. The Honeymoon Spa Delight package offers a $25 daily meal credit, bottle of champagne upon arrival, two 30-minute massages and a fifth night free, starting at $269 per night. Wedding packages vary and range from on-the-beach affairs to arrangements with musicians, photographer and reception facilities. Ranging from $495 to $3,125 for seven nights. Go to www.radisson.com/paradisewedding or call (808) 245-1955.

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