Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: October 3, 2005

CASTLE RESORTS & HOTELS had consumer fuel price worries in mind when it launched a Tanks promotion that includes discounted hotel rates and free rental cars on the Hawaiian Islands with complimentary tanks of gas. Rates begin at $97 on Oahu, $99 on the Big Island, $135 on Maui and $179 on Kauai. Castle resorts participating include Island Colony, Waikiki Shores, Kamaole Sands, Makahuena at Poipu and Lanikai, to name a few. Go to www.castleresorts.com or call (800) 367-5004 for more information.

ALOHA AIRLINES, which has been in Chapter 11 since Dec. 30, 2004, has signed a letter of intent with two Los Angeles-based companies for financial investments that would allow the carrier to emerge from bankruptcy as early as December. The Yucaipa Cos. would provide $30 million of the necessary $50 million needed to emerge from Chapter 11.

THE SHERATON WAIKIKI introduced live jazz on Friday nights in the Hanohano Room beginning at 9 p.m. Local jazz artists such as the Honolulu Jazz Quartet, DeShannon Higa and Miles Jackson will perform until 1 a.m. to those who care to sip champagne and sample pupus as well as diners at the fine cuisine restaurant. For more information and schedules of performers, visit www.sheraton-waikiki.com.

OUTRIGGER resorts throughout Hawaii will host a spooky storytelling series beginning on Oct. 24 to mark the week of Halloween. Scary tales with Hawaiian themes will be told at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach on Oct. 24; at the Outrigger Reef on Oct. 26 and at the Outrigger Keauhou (Big Island) on Oct. 28. Each event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and admission is free to all. The event will be hosted by Bess Press, the publishers of Spooky Tales a collection of Hawaiian heritage stories.

THE KAHALA MANDARIN ORIENTAL in Honolulu was sold by Japan-based Kahala Hotel Associates to Trinity Investments, a local investor. The sale is pending and will take several months to complete.

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