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
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.