Hawaii happenings: Specials offer romance, adventure, incentives

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he newly renovated Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore of Oahu announced a North Shore Hearts & Flowers package.

The plan includes one night in one of the resort's new beachfront cottages, private check-in, a dozen roses on arrival as well as sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

The couple is taken on a private, guided horseback ride along the oceanfront to a beach setting, where a four-course dinner is served, complete with butler service, wine, white linens, flowers and candlelight. Return is by limousine.

The North Shore Hearts & Flowers package is priced at $1,700. Additional nights may be added. Nonguests may book the dinner, horseback ride and limo portion throughout the year for $900 per couple.

Call (808) 293-8811 or visit www.turtlebayresort.com.

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii launched an interactive Aloha Amenity form at www.starwoodhawaii.com/agents.

The program enables agents to send a welcome gift, free of charge, to clients staying at any of Starwood's 13 Hawaii hotels. The agent's IATA number is required. The Aloha Amenity order must be sent at least 72 hours prior to the arrival date.

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Castle Resorts & Hotels debuted a "5 for 50" Travel Agency Incentive Program, valid through June 15. The program gives agents a $50 cash reward for every five-night booking at a participating Castle Resort.

Properties participating in the program include the Waikiki Shore, Oahu; the Kamaole Sands, Maui; the Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows, the Makahuena, the Poipu Shores and the Lanikai on Kauai; the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and the Kona Reef on the Big Island; and the Kaluakoi Villas on Molokai.

In addition to the "5 for 50" incentive, Castle has a variety of promotions that offer free nights, free car rentals and coupon books for guests. Examples include a free seventh night for those paying for six at the Waikiki Shore, Makahuena, Poipu, Lanikai Resort, Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows and the Poipu Shores. A five-night stay at Maui's Kamaole Sands or the Big Island's Kona Reef hotels earns clients a sixth night free.

Guests staying four nights at the Waikiki Terrace and Hawaiian Monarch hotels in Waikiki or the Hilo Hawaiian on the Big Island will receive a fifth night free; those opting for three nights at Molokai's Kaluakoi Villas or the Hotel Molokai are offered a fourth night free.

Free car rentals are offered at Castle's Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Big Island properties. All guests are given a Royal Value coupon book for restaurants, attractions, shops and activities. For more information, call (800) 367-5004 or visit www.castleresorts.com/travelagents.

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The Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu received a No. 1 overall ranking as the most attractive convention center and a No. 3 ranking for food served among 40 major convention centers in North America, according to the Metropoll X study by Gerard Murphy & Associates. In addition, the center ranked in the top 20 in 19 of 21 areas evaluated.

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Hanalei Colony Resort on Kauai's north shore is continuing its Explore Napali package.

The package includes five or seven nights' accommodations in a two-bedroom oceanview condominium, a Jeep Wrangler or convertible rental for the duration, a two-hour guided tour of Limahuli Garden, a kayak for a day on the Hanalei River, a guidebook on hiking Kauai's trails, a hiking-oriented gift and an in-room or beachfront his and hers massage. The package is designed and priced for two but can be extended to a party of four for an additional fee.

The five-night price is $1,518 for low season travel (through May 31 and Sept. 9 to Dec. 19) or $1,618 for high season (June 1 to Sept. 8). The seven-night package price is $1,740 for low season and $1,855 high season.

For reservations or information, call (800) 628-3004, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.hcr.com.

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