Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: April 21, 2003

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES continues to struggle. Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, reported a net loss of $58.3 million on operating revenues of $632 million for the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31, 2002, compared with a net income of $5.1 million on operating revenues of $611.6 million for the same period in 2001. Stock trading was expected to resume last week after it halted on March 21 with the announcement that Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. For the fourth quarter of 2002, the company reported operating and net losses of $18.7 million and $15.1 million, respectively. Losses a year earlier amounted to $10.1 million (operating), and $10.7 million (net). At the same time, Hawaiian's available seat miles in scheduled service during 2002 increased by 11.8% over 2001.

ALOHA AIRLINES, meanwhile, began its daily direct Burbank-Sacramento-Maui service last week with special Web fares of $399 roundtrip Sacramento-Maui, $88 roundtrip Sacramento-Burbank through May 31. Sale fares for other West Coast-Hawaii routes, for travel through May 18, also are available. Have clients staying in Hawaii for a week or more? Investigate Aloha's seven-day Island Pass. For $366, including tax, visitors can fly to any of the Islands served by Aloha or Island Air on up to four flights a day for seven consecutive days. Visit www.alohaairlines.com for details.

THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL Center on Oahu's North Shore will celebrate its 40th anniversary with the Fireknife Dance Competition in the Hale Aloha Theater May 15 to 17. Western Samoa's Melenie Lesoa Leilua, the first female competitor, will return to defend her title in the junior category. Participants wear only short lavalava wraps around their waist and have no protection while twisting and twirling burning knives at speeds that bring the flames in constant contact with their hands, feet, backs and mouth. Judging is based on compulsory and technical moves, creativity, speed and dramatic interpretation. The competition is linked to the Samoan Arts Festival, starting at 9:30 a.m. on May 17 in PCC's Pacific Theater. Polynesian students will demonstrate basket weaving, coconut husking, fire making, singing and dancing. Admission is $7, but if clients want to see the finals of the Fireknife competition they must attend the Horizons luau ($29 for adults, $18 for children). For details, call (800) 367-7060 or visit www.Polynesia.com.

HEY, IT'S A capital day down Capitol Way -- or so they say. National Historic Preservation Week means clients get free guided tours of historic locations such as Iolani Palace, Washington Place (former home of the queen and various governors), Honolulu Academy of Arts, the new Hawaii State Art Museum, Mission Houses Museum and the state Capitol on May 17. Free trolley rides will travel the district from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CULTURALLY SPEAKING
• Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is sponsoring the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Statewide Sail and Lecture Series, featuring lectures from the Hokulea crew plus tours of the Hokulea, a replica of an ancient voyaging canoe. Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach will host the lecture on May 22 at 7 p.m., with canoe tours May 23 to 29, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Honolulu Harbor. In addition, Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson and Hokulea navigator/crewmember Catherine Fuller will tell stories about life aboard the 62-foot, twin-hulled sailing canoe as they journeyed over thousands of miles of open ocean, with only the stars as their guide. Commission is available with hotel bookings. Call (800) 688-7444 or log onto www.outrigger.com to book.
• Don't miss Maui's Ulupalakua Thing on April 26 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The state's longest running agricultural festival, held at Ulupalakua Ranch and Tedeschi Vineyards, will showcase Hawaii-grown products, entertainment and food booths, as well as a cooking competition. Admission is $10 for adults; children under 12 are admitted for free. Details can be found by calling (808) 878-2839 or logging onto www.ulupalakuathing.com.

PACKAGES
• Short booking window? No problem. Worry-Free Vacations is offering 20% off air fare to Hawaii on bookings made through April 26 for travel April 24 to May 31. Participating cities include Dallas/Fort Worth; Denver; Detroit; Las Vegas; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Oklahoma City; St. Louis; or Tulsa, Okla. And don't forget Worry-Free's choice of more than 90 hotels and resorts throughout the Islands. To book, visit www.worryfreevacationsagent.com or www.nwaworldvacationsagent.com.

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