Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: Feb. 28, 2005

THE COURTYARD MARRIOTT KAUAI at Waipouli Beach released its first line of packages. "Paradise Plus" packages begin at $180 per night for a standard room to $335 for a deluxe oceanfront room that includes a choice of daily breakfast or a compact car rental. "Voyager" packages include breakfast and dinner and range from $230 to $285. A "Maile Romance Vacation" package includes a one-bedroom suite, champagne and keepsake goblets, daily breakfast for two and a convertible car rental for $2,157 (three-night minimum). Visit www.marriott.com for more information.

THE KONA VILLAGE RESORT on Hawaiis Big Island put together a scuba package that is only offered for the months of May and September The package includes certification by the National Association of Underwater Instructors and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, open-water dives off the hotels own ship, underwater camera usage, cottage accommodations and three meals per day. All dive equipment and usage of all facilities on property also are included. Six-night minimums begin at $3,980 for two. Visit www.konavillage.com/dive.asp or call (800) 367-5290 for more information.

ASTON HOTELS introduced a promotion that gives travelers to Hawaii a fourth night free when traveling between April 9 and June 9. On Oahu, visitors have the choice of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel or the Aston Waikiki Sunset. On Maui, travelers can opt for the Aston Paki Maui, the Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas or the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali. The Aston Poipu Kai is the Kauai option; the Aston Shores at Waikoloa is the Big Island choice. For more information, call (888) 373-2422 or log on to www.aston-hotels-hawaii.com.

VISITORS to Maui on April 30 will have an opportunity to taste native foods, view local art and learn about Hawaiian culture in one of the islands most picturesque settings. The Ulupalakua Thing will bring together chefs, lei-makers, musicians and educators at Mauis winery, Tedeschi Vineyards, and Ulupalakua Ranch. One hundred exhibitors will show and sell their wares, in addition to live entertainment and a plethora of food. The event takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Call 888-808-1036 or log on to www.ulupalakuathing.com for more information.

THE JW MARRIOTT IHILANI RESORT AND SPA at Ko Olina on Oahus west side placed gift certificates in 125 bags at this years Academy Awards, which took place yesterday at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. The certificates -- valued at $9,359 each -- are valid for a six-night stay at the resort, and were distributed to celebrity presenters and nominees attending the event. The Ihilani also has hosted NFL players during the Pro Bowl, which took place Feb. 13 this year, for the last 12 seasons. Visit www.ihilani.com for more information on the hotel and its services.

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