Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: October 7, 2002

INTERISLAND SERVICE will be changing a bit in Hawaii. Aloha and Hawaiian airlines received DOT approval Sept. 30 for temporary antitrust immunity on interisland service, under which the carriers can coordinate a reduction in capacity on the routes. The immunity lasts only until Oct. 1, 2003, and does not give the airlines permission to coordinate or discuss flight schedules and fares.

THE DOT APPROVED the temporary immunity despite the opposition of the Justice Dept., which argued the immunity would "result in serious harm to consumers through higher fares and poorer service in some of the most heavily traveled city pairs in the U.S." In approving immunity, the DOT argued that isn't so. But it said it shares some of the DOJ's concerns, and will require the airlines to file monthly service and fare information by city-pair market "so that we can be assured that the airlines' implementation of their agreement does not lead to consumer harm."

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE... Pleasant Holidays and the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort are partnering for a Salsa In Paradise week from Jan. 16 to Jan. 23. The Salsa In Paradise special offers dance workshops, with instruction in Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue and Casino Rueda, plus dance shows, contests and parties. Five-night, air-inclusive packages at the Marriott from San Francisco/Los Angeles start at $965 per person, double, while seven-night packages start at $1,220. For package information, call Pleasant at (800) 818-8780. Pleasant's agent Web site is www.pleasantagent.com.

THE KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL introduced a package combining two nights' accommodations with reserved seating tickets for two performances at Maui's 12th annual Hula O Na Keiki children's solo hula competition, scheduled for Nov. 8 to 10. The cost for the package is $170 per person, double. Additional nights are $165 per room. During the three-day event, hula students from the U.S. mainland, Japan, and Hawaii will compete in interview, dance, chant, and costume categories. Weekend festivities include arts and crafts from all islands, cultural and hula workshops, and Hawaiian entertainment. Hula O Na Keiki is a nonprofit community event established in 1990 by the staff of the hotel. For more information, go to www.kbhmaui.com.

SEPARATELY, TransGlobal Vacations is promoting Maui packages to the Kaanapali Beach Hotel from Minneapolis with air on Delta. Seven-night packages start at $1,549 per person, double. The package is valid for departures on Jan. 14 and 21. Additional fees and taxes of $13.30 per person are not included. For reservations, call (800) 338-2160, visit www.vacationaccess.com, or book through all major GDSs.

PENCIL IT IN, SPORTS EDITION
• The EA Sports Maui Invitational will be held Nov. 25 to 27 at the Lahaina Civic Center. Hosted by Chaminade University, this tournament will feature eight top college basketball teams.
• The annual Nissan Xterra World Championship will be held at the Outrigger Wailea Resort on Nov. 26 and 27. The off-road, multisport championship features a 1.5K ocean swim, a 30K mountain-bike course and an 11K trail run.
• The 2003 Mercedes Championships are slated for Jan. 6 to 12 on the Plantation Course at Kapalua. A total of 34 PGA Tour champions will compete for a $5 million purse.
• The ConAgra Foods LPGA Skins Game will debut at Wailea on Jan. 26, after the ConAgra Foods Senior Skins Game is played Jan. 25.

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