Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: Jan 31, 2005

OUTRIGGER aims to be the most romantic hotel chain in the Pacific this Valentines Day, with complimentary vow-renewal ceremonies for registered guests at hotels throughout Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Guam, Australia and New Zealand. The ceremonies will be performed by a Hawaiian priest and include chants, song, a hula performance and a souvenir certificate commemorating the event. The two Waikiki properties will perform the ceremonies on the beaches, while the Big Islands Keauhou Bay property holds court in the lush gardens facing the tide pools. Visit www.outrigger.com for more information.

THE HALEKULANIS two restaurants are presenting special menus for Valentines Day in Waikiki. La Mer has a prix-fixe dinner that begins with foie gras served over a pineapple-and-date confit paired with a glass of champagne. Next, Parmesan crusted scallops reside upon homemade ravioli, which is followed by mint sorbet. The main event is a filet of Angus beef in a cabernet sauce, and a heart-shaped dessert tops the experience. Dinner is $90 per person plus tax and gratuity. Orchids, the Oceanside eatery at Halekulani, is also offering a prix-fixe, which features ahi tartare and caviar, chilled onaga over saffron cous cous, and a petit tenderloin with roasted shallot butter and tarragon-glazed sea scallops. Its $59 per person; both serve until 10 p.m. Call (808) 923-2311 for reservations.

THE STAR of HONOLULU dinner cruise presents a night beneath the stars on Valentines Day. Departing from Aloha Tower at 8:30 p.m., passengers will see the Honolulu skyline fade as they head to sea for a French-style dinner and live jazz. Private tables are available, or, if the family is in tow, larger parties can be accommodated. Purchase a Premier Whale Watch Deluxe Cruise between Feb. 12-14 and receive a free prime rib, Valentines Day cake and champagne toast upgrade during the evening sail. The 2.5-hour, daytime whale-watch cruise features a crew of naturalists and guaranteed whale sightings. A five-course dinner plus two drinks and photo is $170 per person. The Romance cruise includes three-course dinner, one drink and photo and is $140 per person. The Premier Whale Watch cruise is $43 for adults, $26 for children. Agents receive 10 percent off all retail rates. Visit www.starofhonolulu.com or call (808) 983-7881 for more information.

CHEF MAVRO is offering an exclusive menu throughout the weekend surrounding Valentines Day, from Feb. 11 through 14. Open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., chef George Mavrothalassitisproposes is featuring a six-course tasting menu, which includes foie gras, Keahole lobster, white asparagus risotto with truffle oil and filet mignon crusted with pancetta. Each course is paired with a glass of wine. Cost is $97 per person without wines, $137 with. Call (808) 944-4714 for reservations, or log on to www.chefmavro.com for more information and directions to the restaurant.

A REPORT from Hospitality Advisors said that November 2004 logged a 22.8% year-over-year rise in honeymoon traffic to the Hawaiian Islands. Approximately 1.5 million room nights were sold during November.

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