DELTA will offer daily nonstop service between
Cincinnati and Honolulu beginning Nov. 1. Special fares are
available for $549 roundtrip on this flight only, departing
Cincinnati Monday through Wednesday, and leaving Honolulu Tuesday
through Thursday. All travel must be completed by Dec. 15.
Restrictions and blackout dates apply.
MEANWHILE, Last week marked Aloha Airlines'
inaugural nonstop service between Oakland and Kauai, operating four
times each week. It departs Oakland at 11:55 a.m. on Fridays,
Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, and returns to Oakland on
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY will invest
$55,000 over the next six months to develop a plan to make Hawaii a
premiere health and wellness destination. The state already draws
visitors seeking a place to rest and rejuvenate with spa
treatments, healthy outdoor activities and the "aloha spirit." But
industry leaders hope to add significant components such as
education in disease prevention based on the latest medical
research, and insight into traditional healing practices in an
effort to welcome travelers who want more than the typical
MAUI will host a three-day health and wellness
event Sept. 12 to 14, featuring Dr. Deepak Chopra and other experts
in complimentary/alternative medicine. LifeFest Maui invites guests
to listen to panels with personal trainers and "anti-aging"
experts--including Dr. Howard Murad--and then participate in
fitness activities, a health expo and medical education programs.
(808) 875-8411; www.lifefestmaui.com
JOHN MONAHAN resigned as trustee of Hawaiian
Airlines little more than three weeks into the job for what he
described as "personal reasons." The U.S. Trustee's office will
select a replacement for Monahan, who said he would help facilitate
a smooth transition as Hawaiian reorganizes under bankruptcy
protection. "I have enjoyed my brief association with the people of
Hawaiian Airlines and will miss the opportunity to be a part of
what I'm confident will be a successful reorganization of the
airline," he said. Previously, Monahan guided department store
Liberty House through bankruptcy. But he had no airline experience
before becoming trustee on May 30.
RATES & DATES
• SunTrips is selling Christmas and New Year air tickets for travel
to Hawaii Dec. 18 to 30. This includes nonstop service to Maui and
Honolulu, in addition to direct service to Kauai and Kona. SunTrips
pays 14% on packages and groups, and 10% on air-only bookings.
(800) 786-8747; www.suntrips.com
• Runaway partnered with Starwood to offer better value for
families. The "Family Fun Pass" entitles families booking Starwood
accommodations through Runaway a choice of an outrigger canoe ride,
catamaran sail or surfboard rental. Five-day, land vacations
include accommodations and ground transfers. Prices at the Sheraton
Princess Kaiulani start at $380 per person, double. At the Royal
Hawaiian, rates start at $644 and are valid through Dec. 25. For
reservations and information on air-inclusive rates, agents can
call (800) 622-0723.