Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: January 23, 2006

OUTRIGGER RESORTS is coordinating a Chinese New Year celebration that will take place on Feb. 4 at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. Ten thousand firecrackers and dancing lions will be part of the cultural celebration, as well as traditional Chinese cuisine offerings and calligraphy demonstrations. Rates during the festivities begin at $219 per night. To book, call (800) 442-7304.

PARKER RANCHS HISTORIC HOMES in Waimea will feature Oriental art through February in recognition of the Annual Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, which takes place on Feb. 4. Artists, craft vendors and musicians will showcase their art at the Ranch, and 40 cherry trees (donated by Japan) will be planted on the property. Admission is free on Feb. 4; regular price is $8.50 for adults for tours of the homes and $6.50 for entrance to the visitor center and museum. Visit or call (808) 885-5433 for more information.

THE MANDARA SPA AT HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE in Waikiki is spotlighting its Exploration in Chocolate couples massage throughout the month of February. Those who opt for the three-hour, $450 treatment, it includes a lesson in applying an edible, chocolate body scrub after side-by-side massages as well as a complimentary Elemis Sensory Heaven bath oil kit. For rooms at the same time, the resort offers a Romance package with nightly rates starting around $279 per room, according to rates found on its Web site []. Call (808) 945-7721 for spa reservations and (800) HILTONS or (808) 949-4321 for more information on rates in February.


SALVATORE FERRAGAMO opened the doors at its new flagship store in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in the heart of Waikiki. The store not only sells handbags, shoes, ties and leather goods made by the Italian fashion company, but features a gallery space that will showcase archival shoes and photos of celebrities wearing Ferragamo products. Additional flagship stores exist in Florence, Italy; New York; Seoul, Korea; and Tokyo.


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