Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: May 8, 2006

THE MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOWS is hosting a spa retreat from June 8 to 12. The program, titled Ke Kumu o Mauna Lani (The Teachers of Mauna Lani), includes daily workshops led by specialists in various aspects of traditional Hawaiian culture. Packages, including room, daily workshops, and a June 11 Garden Party, start at $1,780, double, for four nights. Call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com.

THE HYATT REGENCY MAUI will host former football stars Andre Reed, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith (all played for the Buffalo Bills) in a six-day charity golf event at the Kaanapali and Kapalua courses. The six-night package, commissionable at 15%, is offered by Celebrity Tours of California at $4,546 for golfers, $3,846 for non-golfer. Visit www.celebritytours.net or call (914) 751-2198.

BOAT TOURS OF KAUAIS FERN GROTTO have been suspended by the state following reports of potential landslides, the result of rains that pummeled the island in March. The suspension is scheduled to end mid-May, although a longer closure may happen if conditions are risky.

GO AIRLINES has secured ticket counters and gates at Honolulu Internationals underutilized Commuter Terminal, adjacent to the main interisland terminal. Go is scheduled to start interisland service on June 9, with discounted fares of $43. Visit www.iflygo.com.

HOTEL HAPPENINGS

" Hilton Inns will be the new franchise affiliation for the Kauai Beach Hotel & Resort, which, effective this summer, will be rebranded as Hilton Kauai Beach Resort.

" The independent Kahala Hotel & Resort, formerly the Kahala Mandarin, has named Sharon Klaschka as director of sales. Klaschka was director of leisure sales at the Fairmont Kea Lani.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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