A quick glance at Hawaii happenings

Maui hotel gets upgrade

The Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort on Maui is upgrading its 345 guest rooms and added a business center.

Rooms at the resort are receiving new carpet, bedding and patio furniture.

The new Aloha Business Center in the resort lobby is open seven days a week. The center has computers; e-mail and Internet services; copy machines; fax machines; packaging and shipping services, and video conferencing.

The center is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitor dollars hit $10.9B

Visitors to Hawaii spent $10.9 billion in 2000 -- the second-highest figure on record behind 1995, when visitors spent $11.1 billion in the state -- according to the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Visitors from the West Coast had the highest share of the 2000 figure, spending $3.5 billion, followed by visitors from the East Coast, who spent $3 billion.

Visitors from Japan spent $2.4 billion in Hawaii in 2000.

Big Island game hunting

Parker Ranch on the Big Island opened up 225,000 acres of land to wild game hunting.

With guns and hunting dogs supplied by the ranch, visitors now can hunt boar, goat and deer on one-day packages that range in price from $525 to $1,850 per person.

Bird-hunting for pheasant, partridge, quail, chukar, dove and other species is available from $350 to $525 a day.

The Parker Ranch pays travel agents 10% commission.

For more information, call hunting director Patrick Fisher at (808) 885-7311 or visit www.parkerranch.com.

Hapuna food festival

The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Sam Choy Poke Festival is set for Sept. 14 to 16 at the the Big Island property.

The festival's main event is a poke recipe contest, which is slated for Sept. 15.

Poke is raw or cooked seafood flavored with salt, seaweed, soy sauce and vinegar.

Visitors will be able to sample poke from 80 recipe entrants.

Other events include include a benefit dinner/auction, a golf tournament and a Hawaiian music concert.

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