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
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.
• 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.
• 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.