THE POIPU BEACH Resort Assn. launched a new Web
site at http://poipuadventure.com 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
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 www.copia.org 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 www.suntrips.com for