Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter June 30, 2003

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 vacation.

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;

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.

• 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;
• 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.

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