COOKE RESORTS signed management agreements whereby Four
Seasons Hotels and Resorts will manage both its Lanai properties,
the Lodge at Ko'ele and the Manele Bay Hotel. The Manele Bay Hotel
is undergoing an estimated $40 million renovation, and will be
rebranded as the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay when the
work is completed in mid-September. Renovations include all rooms,
the construction of a new fitness center and seven new suites. The
Lodge at Ko'ele will begin similar renovations in early 2006. The
Four Seasons currently operates resorts on Maui (at Wailea) and on
the Big Island (Hualalai). Castle & Cooke will retain ownership
of the hotels, golf courses, retail leasing and real estate
development around the properties.
THE SHERATON KEAUHOU BAY RESORT & SPA on the
Big Island opened its Ho'ola Spa, nearly a year after the hotel
first opened its doors to guests. Ho'ola means "healing"
in Hawaiian, and the resort aims to create a place of rejuvenation
for visitors within the 3,200-sqare-foot facility. Marble floors
and Hawaiian koa wood doors and furniture are lit by aromatherapy
candles in order to create a modern environment with a serene mood.
A private outdoor patio with Jacuzzi is designed with couples
treatments in mind. Go to www.sheratonkeauhou.com or call the spa direct
at (808) 930-4848 for more information.
THE MAUI OCEAN CENTER will host a free lecture at
6 p.m. on Sept. 20 in continuance of its "Sea Talk Series." Mike
Napier, geographic information scientist and analyst for the
Pacific Disaster Center will speak about the Indian Ocean Tsunami
in a lecture entitled "The View From Ground Zero at Banda Aceh."
Napier recently returned from Thailand and Indonesia where he
witnessed first hand the destruction by the massive wave and
assisted in the support of the U.S. Pacific Command and World
Health Organization efforts. For more information, call (808)
HAWAII'S BIG ISLAND FESTIVAL, "An Ocean Away from
the Ordinary," will take place from Nov. 9 to 13 on the Kohala
Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. The five-day culinary adventure
features some of Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chefs" and a
handful of Hawaii's top culinary artists, given the task of
preparing signature dishes with the freshest of tropical
ingredients. Cooking demos, agricultural tours, spa experiences and
fine art displays are among the featured events. For a schedule of
events, visit www.bigislandfestival.com or call (808) 934-9044.
THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII'S SCHOOL OF TRAVEL INDUSTRY
MANAGEMENT (TIM) will launch its first approved Master of
Science degree program in Singapore next February. Focusing on
tourism and travel in the Asia-Pacific region, TIMS hopes to
attract both students and mid-career professionals to the program.
Depending on the success of the program, a University official said
the school might look into developing a bachelor's degree in travel
management. Visit http://singapore.tim.hawaii.edu/ for more