Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: February 20, 2006

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES inked a letter of intent to acquire four wide-body 767-300 planes, thus expanding its trans-Pacific fleet of aircraft to 18. Each plane will be modified to Hawaiian standards, which includes 18 first class seats and 242 coach-class seats.

THE RENAISSANCE ILIKAI WAIKIKI HOTEL in Honolulu was sold to local developer Anekona Islander, LLC, for an undisclosed amount. The new owners have not announced whether or not Renaissance will continue to manage the 703-room property, which also contains 80 time-share units operated by Shell Vacations.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is offering a fifth night free to guests at Mauis Lahaina Shores through 2006. Five-night, land-only vacations begin at $556 per person, double, inclusive of a rental car throughout the stay and taxes. Meanwhile, six-night packages to the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa between Aug. 18 and Dec. 19 will include a free room category upgrade with rates starting at $1,261 per person, double. Visit www.pleasantagent.com for more information.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, KAPALUA, on Maui, will host the 14th annual Celebration of the Arts festival on April 14 to 16, with the theme Establish a Legacy. Panels will discuss topics that include Hawaiian leaders plans for future development on the islands and how it will affect native culture and arts and how the world sees the destination through its own marketing. In addition, more than 40 artisans will be on hand to share their wares. Events are held Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Celebration of the Arts package begins at $395 per night, double, with a three-night minimum-stay required with arrival April 13 and departure April 16. To book, call (800) 262-8440.

THE KAANAPALI BEACH RESORT ASSOCIATION in Maui, made up of member properties the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, the Royal Lahaina Resort, the Sheraton Maui Resort and the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, offers a free cultural and historical tour every Tuesday and Friday departing at 9 a.m. Reservations are required and the association suggests making them at least two weeks in advance. The tour, which departs from the Royal Lahaina, takes in the areas rich historical significance. Cultural advisor to the association, Charles Kaupu, occasionally leads the tours to 10 different sites, each marked with a lava rock monument. To reserve a spot on the tour, call (808) 661-3271.
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