anda Travel in Hawaii
has fan packages for the National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl in
Honolulu that include air, room, car and tickets to the Feb. 8
game. Also featured are admission to the tailgate party, a VIP
goodie bag, NFL logo items and a chance to meet the players at a
VIP party. Packages start at $868.50 per person, double occupancy,
for four nights from Los Angeles. Travel agents can book these
packages online at www.pantours.net.
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Pleasant Holidays also is offering fan packages
for the Pro Bowl from Feb. 5 to 9. Included are a lei greeting,
airport transfers, accommodations at a Waikiki hotel for four
nights, breakfast orientation, transfers to and from Aloha Stadium
on game day, a VIP tailgate party, game tickets and a tote bag.
Pleasant's customers also will be entered to win a free upgrade
to stay four nights at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at
Ko Olina, headquarters for the NFL players.
Packages start at $859 per person, including air, from Los
Angeles or San Francisco ($1,099 per person from the Midwest or
East Coast). Vacations with accommodations at the Hyatt Regency
Waikiki Resort & Spa start at $1,389 per person with air fare
from Los Angeles or San Francisco, or $1,629 per person from the
Midwest or East Coast. Prices at the even more upscale Halekulani
start at $2,019. Platinum and Platinum Plus packages include
preferred sideline seating and a VIP party with the NFL players and
For more information, call (800) 5-Hawaii or visit www.pleasantholidays.com.
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Marriott International will add a moderately
priced Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Kauai in 2004. The result of
a franchise agreement with California-based Presidio Hotel Group,
the 312-room Coconut Beach Resort at Waipouli, Kauai, will undergo
a multiphase renovation while the property remains open. Following
the improvements, the hotel will be rebranded Courtyard by Marriott
This will be the 14th Marriott property on four islands in
Hawaii. It will have a restaurant, lounge, luau grounds for live
entertainment, a swimming pool, beach volleyball, wireless Internet
access and 5,000 square feet of renovated meetings and banquet
space. For more information, go to www.marriott.com.
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Island Air will become Hawaii's third
independent airline, branching off from Aloha Airlines and
expanding beyond Island's 46 daily flights to Molokai, Lanai and
Subject to regulatory approval, Island Air will become
independent from Aloha Airlines on March 1. Aloha Airgroup, parent
company of Aloha Airlines, signed a purchase agreement with
Gavarnie Holding, a family-owned company, to buy Island Air.
Details were not disclosed. All employees will be retained.
Over the next few months, Island Air plans to add five aircraft
to its fleet as well as six routes, including service to the Big
Island. The carrier will continue its code-sharing with Aloha
Airlines, according to Neil Takekawa, president of Island Air. To
date, the airline has no plans to expand beyond Hawaii.
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Hotel Hana-Maui's new spa is set to open in
February, and the Maui property is prepared with 2004 packages
featuring romance and rejuvenation.
Heavenly Hana includes five nights in an oceanview Sea Ranch
Cottage, three meals daily in the main dining room and a welcome
bottle of champagne. Rates start at $3,130.
Romantic Paradise includes four nights' accommodations, a
welcome bottle of champagne, breakfast for two each day, one
candlelight dinner for two and two one-hour massages (per room) at
the spa. Rates start at $1,878 in the Bay Cottages and $2,238 in
the Sea Ranch Cottages.
Packages are valid from Jan. 6 through Dec. 24. Rates are per
room, based on double occupancy. For more information, call (800)
321-HANA or visit www.hotelhanamaui.com.
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The Outrigger Reef on the Beach has
complimentary vow-renewal ceremonies every Friday morning.
The nondemoninational ceremony, performed by a kahu, or Hawaiian
priest, begins at 8 a.m. with a traditional Hawaiian chant.
Couples then are led down a flower-strewn path in the sand to
the water's edge for the ceremony. This includes a hula, a Hawaiian
song and a sprinkling with ocean water before vows are recited.
The vow-renewal ceremony is the latest addition to the cultural
activities offered as part of Aloha Friday at the Oahu-based
resort. Other activities are lei-making, ukulele lessons, hula
lessons and Hawaiian entertainment throughout the day.
For more information, call (800) 688-7444 or visit www.outrigger.com.
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Not to be outdone in the area of rekindling romance, the
Sheraton Moana Surfrider has a new Promise Me
Every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., couples are invited to gather
at the Veranda stage in the Banyan Courtyard to renew their wedding
vows. Guests receive fresh flower leis to present to each other
during the ceremony before dancing to the "Hawaiian Wedding Song."
The celebration at Waikiki Beach's first hotel -- built in 1901 --
For more information, call (888) 488-3535 or visit www.starwood.com.
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