'First Dates' spurs Hilton packages

HONOLULU -- The Feb. 13 release of the romantic comedy "50 First Dates," starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and filmed mostly on Oahu, has created a partnership of sorts between Hilton Hawaii and filmmakers Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures.

Hilton is advertising its Hawaiian properties on the film's Web site at www.50firstdates.com and on the Oahu Visitors Bureau site at www.visit-oahu.com and offering packages tied to the film.

Hilton's 50 First Dates packages can be booked online at www.hiltonhawaii.com/50firstdates through March 31 for travel completed by Dec. 19.

Agents who book five-night-minimum-stay packages at Waikiki's Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kohala coastline will receive a $50 credit per room toward dining and spa treatments for their clients.

The Hilton Hawaiian Village is offering gardenview rooms for $355 per night. The package includes admission for two to the Bishop Museum, dinner at Bali by the Sea and a spa treatment for two at the hotel's new Mandara Spa.

The 50 First Dates Romance Package at the Hilton Waikoloa Village starts at $359 and includes daily breakfast; dinner for two at Donatoni's Italian restaurant or the Kamuela Provision Co.; a cabana massage for two; and a sunset sail.

The 50 First Dates packages are also available at the Doubletree Alana Hotel Waikiki. The 50 First Dates Perfect Romance plan at the Doubletree Alana, $175 a night, includes a $40 dining credit at Padovani's restaurant.

To book the Hilton Waikoloa Village and the Hilton Hawaiian Village, call (800) HILTONS. For the Doubletree Alana Hotel, call (800) 222-TREE.

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