Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: Sept. 1, 2003

SHERATON HOTELS & RESORTS will become the title sponsor of the second annual Hawaii Bowl. ESPN will televise the collegiate football game on Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. (3 p.m. Hawaiian time) from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Officials hope the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl -- showcasing the destination in approximately 86 million households -- will provide a substantial marketing boost. For more on Sheraton, visit

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES has a new Web service enabling e-ticketed customers to check in for flights up to 24 hours before departure -- a supplement to the recently installed self-service check-in kiosks now located at airports throughout Hawaii. Travelers also can change seat selections and print boarding passes on a standard printer. To find out more about the new Web services, surf over to

HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE on the Big Island will offer its fall "Mahalo Rate" of $99 to travel agents through Dec. 19. Bookings must be made by Oct. 31. There are no minimum or maximum length-of-stay requirements, but the offer is based on availability and subject to change. And did we mention the 150-foot water slide and the fabulous spa? For details, call (808) 886-1234 or visit

THE 33RD ANNUAL KONA COFFEE Cultural Festival will be held on the Big Island Nov. 7 to 16. more than 30 events will honor the island's 175-year-old coffee heritage. Follow the International Lantern Parade, stroll through Holualoa's art village for a glimpse of coffee art or sample coffee cuisine at the Kona Coffee Recipe Contest. Also learn to pick the ripest, reddest coffee cherries in the fields. Navigate the area and activities with a Kona Coffee Country Driving Tour brochure, available at Kona resorts, condominiums, activity desks, coffee businesses and the festival Web site [].

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