Touching down in Honolulu for NFL Pro Bowl


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

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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 cheerleaders.

For more information, call (800) 5-Hawaii or visit

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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 Kauai.

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

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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 Maui.

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

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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

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Not to be outdone in the area of rekindling romance, the Sheraton Moana Surfrider has a new Promise Me Again program

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 -- is complimentary.

For more information, call (888) 488-3535 or visit

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