Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: February 27, 2006

ALOHA AIRLINES has exited bankruptcy with the help of new investors and a self-proclaimed low-cost structure, according to Aloha President and CEO David A. Banmiller. The lead investor behind the reorganization is The Yucaipa Cos., a private equity investment firm.

THE KE KUMU O MAUNA LANI celebration will take place June 8 to 12, bringing Hawaiian cultural masters and wellness experts together for demonstrations, seminars and wellness-inspired workshops. Packages at the Mauna Lani Resort at Kalahuipuaa begin at $1,780 for four nights, daily workshops and evening events. For details on Ke Kumu O Mauna Lani, visit www.maunalani.com/s_kks2k5_overview.htm.

THE KAPALUA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL will take place July 6 to 9 at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, part of the Kapalua Resort marketing partnership in Maui. Fred Dame, master sommelier, will once again host seven sommeliers and three chefs who will demonstrate and mingle with attendees throughout the weekend.

 

THE PGA has announced its season-ending golf tournament, the Grand Slam of Golf, will be played on the Poipu Bay Golf Course at the Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa on Kauai, Nov. 21 and 22. The winner of this years stroke-play contest will win $1.25 million, up from $1 million last year. The tournament will be televised on TNT.

PRO GOLFER ERNIE ELS, meanwhile, is designing a golf course at the Hoakalei Country Club in Ocean Pointe, Ewa Beach. The course, which will be 20 minutes west of Honolulu, will span the coastline in an area that sees sunshine nearly every day of the year.

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