Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: April 17, 2006

THE KO OLINA RESORT, located on Oahus south coast, is planning a condo-hotel that will sport the Trump International brand. Miami-based Crescent Heights, a developer of luxury condominiums, will build on a recently purchased 7.8-acre oceanfront parcel facing one of Ko Olinas beach-lined lagoons. A 16-story tower with 400 to 500 units is scheduled to open late in 2008. The Ko Olina Resort is home to the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa and Marriotts Ko Olina Beach Club.

ATLANTIC NAVATEK CRUISES has teamed up with Cirque Hawaii to offer a dinner-entertainment package. It starts with a two-hour sail off Honolulu aboard the double-deck catamaran Navatek 1, where guests dine on steak and lobster. After disembarking, guest are transferred to the Cirque Hawaii Theatre in Waikiki. The show, performed by a cast of 32, includes a mix of acrobatics, contortionism and bungee jumping.  VIP seating (nearer the stage) is priced at  $170 for adults, $114 for children ages 2 to 12. Standard seating is $160 for adults, $106.50 for kids ages 2 to 12. Call 800-548-6262 or visit

WORK HAS BEGUN on the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. Hangar 37, which is being restored to its 1941 condition, will be the first part of the museum to be completed.  While the museum will focus on the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941, during World War II, other Pacific conflicts will be covered. Displays on the museums 16-acre site will include vintage aircraft, with 17 already in the museum collection. Visit the museum Web site at

AQUA HOTELS & RESORTS is offering free high-speed Internet access to guests at the Aqua Palms, Aqua Bamboo & Spa, and Aqua Aloha Surf in Waikiki. Aqua also offers complimentary, served-to-room continental breakfast and daily newspaper. Aqua is in the midst of multi-property renovations, having just completed a $19 million renovation of the Aloha Surf and the Palms & Spa, with an additional $13 million slated for upgrades in 2006.



" Hilton will be taking over the 350-room Kauai Beach Resort from Radisson management upon completion of a $14 million renovation. The hotel, operated under Radisson management until the recent closing for renovations, is a return visit to Kauai for Hilton, which opened the property as the Kauai Hilton in 1986.

" Gencom Group, the new owner of the 548-room Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua have committed $40 million for propertywide upgrades. The 14-year-old property is built on 40 oceanfront acres. No time frame has been set for completion of projects, which include remodeling rooms and public areas.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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