Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: June 9, 2003

NO PLANS FOR Fourth of July weekend? Send clients on a Fireworks, Cocktail and Comedy Cruise or Admiral's Dinner and Fireworks Cruise on July 3 aboard the Star of Honolulu. The comedy cruise serves light snacks for purchase and offers a one-hour fireworks show, one cocktail and live entertainment for$35.50 per adult. The Admiral's cruise, meanwhile, features a super premium cocktail, a three-course French-style dinner and live jazz for $105 per adult. Child rates are available. Roundtrip transportation from Waikiki is an additional $9. For details, call (800) 334-6191 or visit

THE LODGE AT KOELE and Manele Bay Hotel are welcoming children with buy-one-get-one-free room rates and free meals for youngsters under 11. The Summer Family Values Package is available through Sept. 30. Clients who reserve a garden room at the Lodge for $499 get the second room (same category) free. Partial oceanview rooms at Manele Bay start at $559. Maximum occupancy is two adults and two children. A third person charge is $75. To book, call (800) 321-4666 or log onto

THE TURTLE BAY RESORT on Oahu's North Shore has invited local artisans and crafters to share their knowledge and talent the weekend of June 21 during the annual Honu Festival. And just in case these activities are too tame, clients can enter the Turtle Races -- a combination of swimming, mountain biking and a 5K or 10K run. Special rates for the Honu Festival start at $249 per night for a deluxe oceanview room and include a $40 daily dining credit. For information on the family-oriented Turtle Races, call (808) 596-8844; to book the resort, contact (808) 293-8811.

• An image representing Ku, the god of war, fishing, husbandry, farming, resolution and healing will return to the Bishop Museum on Oahu beginning June 27. It is only one of three Ku statues left in the world. The exhibit also includes works by contemporary native artists inspired by Ku. The museum is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for children. For details, call (808) 847-3511 or surf over to

• Gogo Worldwide Vacations created all-inclusive trips to Hawaii starting at $485 per person, double, for seven-night stays. Oahu packages include roundtrip air from Los Angeles on American Airlines, accommodations at the Ohana Maile Sky Court, hotel taxes, transfers, breakfast, a one-day trolley pass and a dining discount card. Rates start at $649 for accommodations at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. At the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island, the price goes up to $1,139 from Los Angeles for five nights. Other resorts include the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui and the Princeville Resort on Kauai. Rates are valid for travel Sept. 1 to Dec. 12. Other travel dates and departure gateways are available for different prices. Book by June 30 for stays at the Westin Maui Kaanapali. Commission varies by property. To book, call (866) 286-4646 or log onto

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