Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: March 6, 2006

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is giving away a free iPod Shuffle for every two new, qualifying bookings on Hawaiian vacations of at least five nights through March 31. Bookings must include air and hotel. iPods will ship by May 1. Go to www.pleasantagent.com for more information or to book.

THE HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE will invest $46 million in propertywide improvements that are scheduled for completion before the end of the year. The Kohala Sports Club & Spa has already received a makeover, as has the adjoining Tennis Gardens. Waterslides, Jacuzzis and walkways will be installed or improved, Internet access added to all existing guest rooms and three of the nine restaurants will be renovated.

THE WAIKIKI SPAM JAM street festival will take place on April 29 on Waikikis Kalakaua Ave. from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hawaiian chefs will prepare spam dishes for the 20,000 people expected to attend the festival.

US AIRWAYS has launched a new daily flight from Phoenix to Kona. The flight capacity is 190 passengers. The flight departs Phoenix at 11:40 a.m., arriving in Kona at 3:27 p.m. On the return, the flight leaves from Kona at 11:59 p.m. and arrive in Phoenix at 8:48 a.m. the following morning.

 

THE HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT will take place in Kona July 24 to 28, where fishermen from around the world compete to catch the largest marlin, swordfish and tuna. Go to www.hibtfishing.com for more information.

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