Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: January 30, 2006

CREATIVE LEISURE is offering discounts on spring travel to Hawaii. A stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua includes a sixth night free, room upgrades and a $250 dining credit, valid through June 12. On the Big Island, guests at the Mauna Lani Point can receive a fifth night free and an American Express Gift Cheque for $100 through Dec. 19. For more specials, go to www.creativeleisure.com/cl-webdyn/site/default.htm.

DUKES WAIKIKI, the beach bar in the Outrigger Waikiki, is spotlighting local musicians during February with a Concerts on the Beach event. On Fridays, Maunalua will perform, while Kapena, Pacific Blu and Kaala Boys will alternate gigs on Saturday evenings. As he has for 30 years, Henry Kapono holds court on Sunday evening. All performances are from 4 to 6 p.m., and are free.

HILTON will mold the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa in Maui to fit its new Waldorf-Astoria Collection brand. KSL Resorts sold the hotel management contract to Hilton. The hotel is owned by CNL Hotels & Resorts.

THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER is offering a deal for Valentines Day that includes a dance under the stars with musical guest Kapena. Couples can begin the evening with a twilight canoe ride through the villages, followed by a prime rib and shrimp dinner, topped off with the dance. The Valentines Day special is $50 per couple. Call (808) 293-333 for reservations.

STAN BROWN, Marriotts vice president, Pacific Islands and Japan, as well as the companys top Hawaii executive, was promoted to vice president for China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Korea last week. Brown will be replaced by Ed Hubennette, who was a Marriott vice president for Southeast Asian properties, based in Hong Kong.

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