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.
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.
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
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.