Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: Aug. 30, 2004

THE WAILEA MARRIOTT on Maui and the WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT on the Big Island will officially be managed by Marriott International, as contracts were recently signed, said Ed Fuller, president and managing director of International Lodging for Marriott International Inc. Last October, a franchise agreement was signed when Blackstone Real Estate Advisors acquired the properties from Outrigger Enterprises and handed marketing and sales efforts over to Marriott International. Both properties will receive extensive refurbishments, according to Fuller.

THE 663-ROOM OHANA WAIKIKI WEST on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki has completed a $5 million makeover. Every room was redecorated with modern styling, and tones of green paired with refinished furniture and countertops in all kitchenette rooms (80% of the rooms have kitchenettes). Fresh carpeting and Hawaiian-created artwork adorn the corridors, such as 1,200 works by local artisan Peggy Chun; Chuns paintings can also be found in every room. To commemorate the completion, the hotel is offering limited SimpleSaver Rates of $79 per night; rack rates begin at $129 for a standard guest room. Kitchenette rooms begin at $139 and range to $269. See www.ohanahotels.com for more information.

HONOLULUS BISHOP MUSEUM unveiled its fall lineup of exhibits and events. The Kohola Lele, Leaping Whale exhibit takes a close look at the role Native Hawaiians played in the 19th century whaling industry. Hooilima: Birthright (A Family Legacy) honors local artist Rocky Jensen with a showing of his carvings as well as photographs of the artist taken by his daughter and pen and ink vignettes from his son. Na Kumu Hula (hula masters) workshops will continue to be offered throughout the fall and into winter, which feature a different hula master presiding each month. On Nov. 20, the museum celebrates the Honolulu Harbor Festival with live entertainment, activities and food booths that focus on the historical importance of the Honolulu Harbor. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for kids under 12. For a complete listing of exhibits, visit www.bishopmuseum.org.

NORTHWEST AIRLINES is determined to remain the largest provider of seats to Honolulu from Seattle. On Dec. 15, the carrier will replace the 224-seat Boeing 757-300 aircraft that currently flies the daily route with a 273-seat DC-10. The daily flight will depart Seattle at 8:40 a.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 12:32 p.m. The return flight from Honolulu will depart at 2:15 p.m. and arrive at 9:49 p.m. Northwest also flies daily between Seattle and Kahului, Maui, a flight that continues on to Kona before returning to Seattle. Northwest has an alliance with Hawaiian Airlines to share mileage programs.

MR. LAS VEGAS will ring in the new year aloha-style this winter. Wayne Newton announced last week that he will be the headline act in the Coral Ballroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa as the clocks chime midnight on Jan.1. Tickets will go on sale Dec. 14 at the New Years Eve Concert Desk in the main lobby of the Hilton. Prices begin at $85 for general seating and range to $195 for platinum seating. All ticket prices include concert, party favors, half bottle of sparkling wine, one cocktail, taxes and gratuity. For more information about the show, call (808) 947-7877.

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