Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: April 15, 2002

GOV. BEN CAYETANO is replacing six of 13 members on the Hawaii Tourism Authority when their terms end June 30 with a group that he hopes will more broadly represent the state's business community in marketing the islands to tourists, according to his spokeswoman. Cayetano has nominated Sharon Weiner, a group vice president with DFS; Nadine Nakamura, a Kauai County planning consultant; Mike McCartney, a former state senator and president of Hawaii Public Television; Stephen Yamashiro, a former Big Island mayor and attorney; Lawrence Johnson, the former CEO of Pacific Century Corp.; and Alice Guild, the former executive director of Iolani Palace. The nominees must be confirmed by the state Senate this month.

HAWAII COULD FACE some constraints on visitors in the next five years if the market continues to grow and no new hotel rooms are added to the market, according to Pearl Imada-Iboshi, the state's chief economist. Building new hotels is not an option at the top of the list to fix the problem, since about 70% of Hawaii's residents do not want more hotel construction, Imada-Iboshi said during a conference on sustainable travel and tourism at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

THE NUMBER OF HOTEL ROOMS, including condos, inns and time-share units in Hawaii was at 72,204 last year according to the newly released 2001 Visitor Plant Inventory authored by the state of Hawaii. Fifty-one percent of those rooms are on Oahu; 24% on Maui; 13% on the Big Island; 10% on Kauai and less than 1% on Molokai and Lanai, according to the report.

ALOHA AIRLINES will start daily service from Burbank, Calif., to Honolulu June 1 and from Vancouver to Honolulu, June 15. On both routes, Aloha will use new 737-700 aircraft.

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES added some new mainland routes, too. Oct. 11 it will start daily Phoenix-Honolulu service using a 767-300. In the past couple of months, Hawaiian announced new service from Seattle to Maui, which started March 15; service from Sacramento and Ontario, Calif., to Honolulu, which will start June 7; and flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Maui starting June 15.

SUNTRIPS is discounting seven-night packages from Oakland, Calif., to Honolulu and Maui for departures through May 22 for two people traveling together. Packages start at $738 per couple and include air, accommodations, a rental car on Maui and airport transfer on Oahu. Check the Web at

APPLE VACATIONS is giving away two-for-one deals on golf, activities and dining for customers who buy packages and travel through June 30. Check the deals on Apple's Web site at

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