Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: June 3, 2002

THE POIPU BEACH Resort Assn. launched a new Web site at that plans visitors' days around activities like surfing, hiking, golf and even napping. Visitors choose from a menu of activities for each day, and the site puts together a printable itinerary that tells how long each activity will take including driving times between activities. It also has links to Web sites associated with the specific activity. "We designed it so people could see how much there is to do on Kauai," said Margy Parker, executive director of the association. "For Kauai that's always the big surprise, people aren't aware of the tremendous wealth of activities. And a lot of first-time visitors think there is enough to do for just three to four days, and when they come they are disappointed that they didn't stay long enough."

RENDEZVOUS RETURNING: April was a good month for meetings, conventions and incentive groups in Hawaii as the number of visitors attending those events increased 6.5% over the same month last year. The jump is the first increase in that area of tourism since August of last year, according to the Hawaii Dept. of Business Economic Development & Tourism. Although the number of people visiting Hawaii for meetings and conventions was up in April, it is down 13% in the first four months of the year. Conventions by themselves show promise, however. The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is expecting 94,300 out-of-state conventioneers to show up by the end of this year, way up from 52,000 last year.

ARRIVALS STILL NOT THERE: Total domestic arrivals to Hawaii are down 5% through April, compared with last year, according to the DBEDT. Int'l arrivals are down 23% in the first four months. And the number of domestic air seats to Hawaii through April is down 8.4% compared with last year. The number of seats from the West Coast is down 4.6% while the number of seats from the East Coast is down 21%.

A NAPA LUAU? Northern Californians can get a taste of Hawaii during the weekends of June 8 and June 15 at Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa, Calif. The center, along with the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and Hilton Hawaii, are sponsoring the events which will include movies about Hawaii, live Hawaiian music, food, crafts and informational exhibits. Visit for more information.

SUNTRIPS of San Jose, Calif., is offering packages as low as $369 per person during select dates in June from Oakland to Honolulu and packages starting at $519 per person to Maui. Packages of five, six and seven nights to Honolulu and five or seven nights to Maui include air, rental car and accommodations. Call (800) 786-8747 or visit the Web at for more information.

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