Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: March 10, 2003

TRAVEL AGENTS can look for big bonuses from Worry-Free Vacations and Outrigger Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii. Through March 31, agents can earn between $150 and $750 cash for bookings made via, GDS or (800) 328-0025 for travel completed by June 30. In addition, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is offering $50 per booking at all 10 of its Hawaii condominiums for stays of five or more nights through Dec. 21. There's no limit to the number of bookings; however, the bonus does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is adding seasonal flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Kauai starting April 12. The flight from Los Angeles will operate on Saturdays through Nov. 25; the San Francisco flight will run Saturdays through Aug. 30.

THE HONOLULU FESTIVAL will take place this week, on March 14, 15 and 16, with educational demonstrations of dance, music and artistry at the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center, the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. The festival will culminate with a parade along Kalakaua Avenue at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Hilo Hattie is the official retailer, and will sell themed logo merchandise throughout the festivities in all of its Oahu stores. (800) 233-8912;

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS, owner of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, is moving forward with plans to renovate Waikiki's largest retail complex, according to Kirk Belsby, its new chief investment officer. The nonprofit trust said it hopes to select a partner in the next three months to begin a much-anticipated $30 million to $60 million renovation to the 22-year-old, 290,000 square-foot property that spans three city blocks.

THE ASIAN TEMPORARY Exhibition Gallery at the Honolulu Academy of Arts will host "Quiet Beauty: Fifty Centuries of Japanese Folk Ceramics from the Montgomery Collection" through April 11. The display includes some 100 Japanese folk ceramics thought to date from 3000 B.C. to 1985. They include cooking beakers, wine jars, tomb vessels, sake bottles and flasks, and sculptural alcove ornaments.

• Gogo Worldwide Vacation has a new offer for the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu. Five nights' accommodations at the North Shore property and rental car cost $619 (land only) or $1169 air-inclusive from New York and Boston (other gateways also available). The package must be booked by March 16 for travel between April 1 and May 22.
• Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui is offering a whale watching package that includes five nights' accommodations, rental car, daily buffet breakfast, one dinner at the Tiki Terrace Restaurants, a whale watch cruise with Trilogy Excursions, Maui Ocean Center admission and other amenities. It's available through the end of April. Rates begin at $1,475, with additional nights at $225.
• Pleasant Holidays has packages on Maui: five-night, land-only holidays start at $372 per person, double occupancy, for accommodations at the Castle Kamaole Sands condominium in Kihei on Maui.
• For a more upscale experience, try a fifth night free at the Four Seasons Resort on Maui between Sept. 1 and Dec. 18. Five-night, land-only holidays start at $932 per person, double occupancy, including daily rental car.

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