Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: Sept. 27, 2004

THE FAIRMONT KEA LANI is offering a fall promotion, More To Luxury, that upgrades guests who book two deluxe, oceanview suites to a two-bedroom, oceanview villa. The upgrade also includes a daily breakfast buffet for four. The villas offer private barbeque areas, where a chef prepares personalized meals, plus the option of butler service. The villas, which recently received complete makeovers, will be 100 percent complete by Nov. of this year. Packages begin at $680 per night. Those who book four nights will receive the fifth night for free. Go to www.fairmont.com for more information on the hotel and villas.

JOHN TONER, executive vice president of the Ko Olina Resort Association, was appointed chairman of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Toner has served on the HTA board since May 2003 and has 27 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industries.

THE 34TH KONA COFFEE FESTIVAL is Nov. 5 to 14 on Hawaiis Big Island. Activities will include two parades, contests, various food and beverage tastings, art exhibits, and farm and mill tours. The theme, Kona Coffee, Our Treasured Legacy will honor the islands coffee industry. Tours of the 1920s coffee homestead, the Kona Coffee Living History Farm in South Kona, will occur throughout the week (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $7.50 per person). For a complete listing of events visit www.konacoffeefest.com or call 808-326-7820.

KAMAOLE SANDS RESORT on Maui now has high-speed Internet service in all one, two and three-bedroom condominium units. The fees for connectivity are $9.99 per day, $32.95 per week or $54.95 per month. The Kamaole Sands units have two full bathrooms; a washer and dryer; and a full kitchen with microwave, toaster and coffeemaker. Parking is complimentary, as is access to the pool, whirlpools and public barbecue areas. Through Dec. 21, rates range from $180 to $420 per night. The property is still running a 5 for 50 incentive program that pays agents $50 for every five-night booking, through Dec. 22. Visit www.castleresorts.com/travelagents for more information.

OAHU-BASED CHEF D.K. KODAMA opened the doors to two new restaurants in Waikiki. The Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar and Sansei Steakhouse occupy 10,000 square feet of space on the third floor of the Waikiki Beach Marriott, facing the ocean. The two restaurants have separate kitchens and dining rooms and share a bar that sits between them. Kodama closed his other Sansei location earlier in the month, which was located a few miles away on Restaurant Row. At that location is Little Vino, a wine and tapas bar he opened earlier this summer.

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