Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: Aug. 18, 2003

THE RITZ-CARLTON, KAPALUA on Maui is offering one free night for every five-night consecutive stay booked at published rates for travel between Sept. 1 and Dec. 8 and Dec. 12 and 23. The Kapalua Getaway Rate starts at $250 per night for garden view accommodations. Agents should request reward forms from Heidi Denecke at (808) 669-6200 or via e-mail at [email protected] Agents who want to experience the resort first-hand can ask for a special $99 rate between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31. To book, call (800) 262-8440 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

THE MAUNA LANI RESORT on the Big Island's Kohala Coast invites golfers to experience the original Francis H. Ii Brown Golf Course Oct. 1 to Dec. 15. The course opened in 1981 and was the site of the Senior Skins Game for 10 years. Mauna Lani is offering eight Classic Golf packages ranging from $445 for a mountain view room to $1,085 for an ocean-view suite. A three-night minimum stay is required, and two guests get a day of unlimited golf for each paid room night. For details, contact (800) 267-2323 or log onto www.maunalani.com.

THE BISHOP MUSEUM is an ideal place to learn about Hawaiian history and culture. But the 12-acre site is also a great place for group events. From quiet sit-down dinners for 25 in the Polynesian Gallery to up to 5,000 on the Great Lawn, the Bishop Museum can tailor meetings space for any group size. Requests for special programming -- sharing Hawaiian stories and legends, for instance -- can be accommodated as well. Hawaii Maritime Center, Bishop Museum's sister institution, is located on Pier 7 on Honolulu Harbor and also offers meetings/event space. For information, call (808) 848-4106 or log onto www.bishopmuseum.org/services/facility/index.html.

THE AMY B.H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN -- part of the Bishop Museum but located in South Kona on the Big Island -- offers guided tours of native Hawaiian and medicinal plants, as well as canoe plants, or those brought to Hawaii during migration. Canoe plants are highlighted on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., and medicinal plants on Fridays at 1 p.m. A suggested admission donation is $4 while the guided tour fee is $5. For details, click over to www.bishopmuseum.org.

MAUPINTOUR is offering 15% commission to travel agents on all new bookings made and deposited by Sept. 30. Look for escorted tours, Independent Vacations, Waterways and Gutsy Women Travel tours. Inquire about details by calling (800) 255-4266 or visiting www.agent.maupintour.com.

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