HILO, Hawaii -- The Big Island Visitors Bureau launched a meetings
hot line to field calls regarding availability, activities and
attractions for businesses looking to move their events to the
island due to world events.
For details, call (888) 333-6603 and ask for Krislynne Patterson
or visit www.bigisland.org.
In other Big Island news:
• Adventurous visitors to Hilo who prefer to explore by rental
car now can learn about the history and culture of parts of the Big
Island without the aid of a tour guide.
The Volcano Heritage Corridor Drive Guide debuted April 24,
complementing the Hilo-Hamakua Heritage Drive Guide launched in
The guide links Kalapana Road with the Volcano Highway through
the Keaau hub. Brown-and-white Volcano Heritage Corridor signs will
mark points of interest.
One of the recommended stops is the Volcano Farmers Market at
Cooper Center, which offers flowers, locally grown vegetables and
A companion Web site, at www.hawaii-culture.com, will be updated
frequently to supplement brochures displayed at the Hilo and Kona
airports and visitor centers.
For more information, call (808) 966-5416.
• Kamaaina Kids opened a year-round childcare program for the
Marriott Waiohai Beach Club Resort Villas in Koloa.
Children ages 5 to 12 staying with time-share or hotel guests
• Starwood Hotels' three Maui resorts are offering a year-round,
shared-amenity program called "Stay at One, Play at All," that
enables guests visiting any one of the hotels to enjoy services at
Visitors can play at the pool, dine, exercise in the fitness
center and park free at the Westin Maui, Sheraton Maui and Kapalua
Bay Hotel & Ocean Villas, all of which are located in West
When accompanied by a paying adult, children under age 12 eat
free at many of the hotel restaurants. There are no blackout dates.
For details, call (888) 488-3535 or visit www.starwood.com/hawaii.
• Starwood also joined the ranks of hotels boasting live Web
cameras. The cameras are located at the Sheraton Maui, Westin Maui
and Kauai's Princeville Resort.
To check out the view, visit www.starwood.com/hawaii and click on the HawaiiLIVE link.
• The renovated, 4,000-square-foot Presidential suite at the
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has a living room that spills onto a
1,064-square-foot lanai and a dining room that seats eight.
Gold and coral colors highlight new wall coverings, carpets,
draperies and other furnishings.
The room rate is $3,700 per night, excluding tax and resort fee.
For more information, call (808) 669-6200 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com.
• The Napili Kai Beach Resort on Lahaina has new packages this
Daily rates begin at $190; amenities include two 18-hole putting
greens, four swimming pools and snorkel equipment for use at the
The five-night honeymoon package, available through Dec. 19,
offers an oceanview studio, tropical flowers and sparkling wine on
arrival, a car rental and two spa services for $1,620, double.
For more information, call (800) 367-5030 or visit www.napilikai.com.
• Some Pleasant (Holidays) news: Summer Family Values enable
children age 17 and under to stay free in their own room at the
Lodge at Koele and the Manele Bay Hotel on Lanai; children age 11
and younger eat free from a special menu at Hulopoe Restaurant and
The package is valid through Sept. 30; four-night, land-only
holidays at both properties start at $1,091 per person, double.
Call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.
• The latest from SunTrips: Purchase one of SunTrips' family
package deals to Hawaii and the children fly for $99 roundtrip.
The result? A family of four can spend a week at the Aston Coral
Reef in Waikiki from $1,259.
On Maui, two adults and two children can stay at the Aston Maui
Lu for $1,489.
SunTrips' new nonstop air routes are Sacramento, Calif., to Maui
and Oakland, Calif., to Kauai.
Agents earn 14% on SunTrip packages, fly/drives and group
bookings and 10% for air- only bookings.
Call (800) 786-8747 or visit www.suntrips.com.
• And on Kauai, Poipu Kapili, a luxury oceanfront condominium
resort in Poipu Beach on Kauai, is offering a spa package designed
for up to four women traveling together.
The Pampered Wahine provides spa services in the privacy of the
guests' oceanview condo and includes five nights' accommodations,
car rental and a one-hour massage, a manicure, pedicure, personal
yoga training session and a choice of a facial or body wrap with
Rates vary seasonally and by unit. Low Season rates (April 21
through Dec. 20) are $1,325 for one; $1,780 for two (in a
one-bedroom unit); $2,180 for two (in a two-bedroom unit); and
$3,090 for four people.
Travel agents earn 10% commission. The fine print: The package
fee must be paid in full at time of booking, and it's
Call (800) 443-7714 or visit www.poipukapili.com.