Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: April 24, 2006

VIRTUALLY ALL DAMAGE to roads, hotels and infrastructure caused by heavy winter rains has been repaired, with full service restored at all Kauai properties. All Kauai roads are open, as well as all beaches. Damage to area resorts was minimal and was repaired within days, said James Schontzler, who runs

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is offering bookings for Diamond Level accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa. The new program features a dedicated check-in counter and key-controlled access to 24th-floor rooms reserved for Pleasant clients. Other extras include priority baggage handling, daily buffet breakfast, free meals for children of paying adults, daily newspaper, turndown service and free parking for stays of three nights and longer. Land-only rates start at $756, per person, double, for a five-night package. Call (800) 448-3333.

HAWAIIS NEIGHBOR ISLANDS (Maui, Kauai, the Big Island, Molokai and Lanai) ranked first in a survey of preferred destinations conducted by Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Waikiki ranked third in the survey, with U.S. national parks ranking second. The preference for Hawaii was 75%, topping the 63% tallied for Hawaii in 2005 by 12 percentage points.

THE HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE Beach Resort & Spa in Waikiki has introduced airline check-in at hotel kiosks. With the new service, guests are able to print boarding passes for flights on 18 airlines. The program was introduced, system-wide on March 28.


THE HILTON WAIKOLOA RESORT, meanwhile, will host the Dolphin Days Summer fest from June 22 to 25. Events and activities include a focus on creative island cuisine (33 chefs are participating), dolphin encounters (the resort is home to the Dolphin Quest program), golf and tennis tournaments.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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