Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: January 16, 2006

THE RITZ CARLTON, KAPALUA, will kick off the 14th annual Celebration of the Arts festival at the Kapalua Resort from April 14 to 16. Workshops, films, cultural practitioners, food, music and interaction with various artisans make up the schedule of activities for the weekend. Packages begin at $395 per night at the hotel, including daily breakfast for two and event tickets.

GEORGE MAVROTHALASSITIS, aka Chef Mavro, made an arrangement with Gourmet Cooking Hawaii that will allow 15 students to enter the chefs kitchen to learn how to prepare one appetizer, one entree and one dessert off his new menu. After the session, students will sit down to a three-course gourmet lunch at his restaurant. Classes cost $165 per person, and will be held four times in the next nine months. Call (735) 7788 to register.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS said it will allow Hawaii travelers to pre-register for vehicles before arrival with Dollar Rent A Car, speeding up the registration process when arriving at Hawaiian destinations. Pleasant sends out Dollar confirmations 20-30 days prior to departure, with a link to a Web page where they can pick car types and confirm reservations.

THE KAUAI BEACH HOTEL & RESORT (formerly the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort) introduced 2006 packages that include its Bed and Breakfast in Paradise, starting at $199 per night. It includes daily breakfast buffet for two. Another package offers a fifth night free and a $100 dining credit at the resort. Go to www.kauaibeachhotelandresort.com/specials.html for package information.

ISLAND AIR decided to only sell Hawaii-made beer on its flights between Hawaiian Islands. In an effort to support local breweries, the airline will carry Mehana Brewing Co. and Keoki Brewing Co. beers for $3 per bottle.

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