Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: September 5, 2005

CASTLE & 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 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) 270-7084.

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 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 for more information.


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