Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: Sept. 29, 2003

KAPALUA BAY HOTEL & OCEAN VILLAS on Maui is offering new wedding packages and vow renewal ceremonies. Services range from $2,500 for a simple ceremony on the beach to $25,000 for everything your client has always dreamed about. Clients can choose from any of the pre-designed packages or work with the resort's wedding planner to arrange for such options as lighting a trio of tiki torches, releasing white doves or monarch butterflies, riding in a horse drawn carriage for a picnic and to have rose pedals strewn across their wedding-night bed. A local artist also can create an original oil painting of the wedding day. For details, call (800) 367-8000 or visit www.starwood.com/hawaii.

HAWAII'S TOTAL VISITOR DAYS AND EXPENDITURES grew in 2002 over the previous year due to an increase in the domestic market, according to final results compiled by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Total expenditures by visitors who arrived in the Islands by air rose 8.6% from 2001 to $9.95 billion. Average daily spending increased from $158 per person to $165 per person. Total spending by visitors who arrived via cruise ship climbed 42.7% to $44.1 million, and daily spending rose to $99 per person from $86 per person. Hawaii's honeymoon market also is booming, having climbed 39.3% in 2002. Of all visitors who arrived by air to Hawaii, 10.9% came to get married and/or honeymoon, according to the Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

HANALEI COLONY RESORT on Kauai's north shore now offers wellness activities, including yoga, therapeutic massage and classes in the healing arts, managing stress and pain, and reflexology. A small massage center is scheduled to open by the end of the year. The 48 low-rise condominium units on the five-acre property have fully equipped kitchens, but no televisions, stereos or phones. To learn more about the property, call (800) 628-3004 or log onto www.hcr.com.

WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT on the Big Island is giving guests a steep discount on rooms between Oct. 1 and Dec. 21 while the resort installs a new automatic fire sprinkler system in public areas. Work will not affect the guestrooms. Normally $315, a garden view room will cost $169 during this time. Oceanfront rooms, which normally run $485, are priced at $269. To book, call (800) 922-5533 or visit www.waikoloabeachmarriott.com.

RATES & DATES
• Creative Leisure International features air-inclusive packages on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island, valid from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York through Dec. 14. "Coconut Bonus Days" on Oahu start at $778 per person, double, from Los Angeles or San Francisco, with five nights at the Renaissance Ilikai including a $100 resort credit. Call (800) 413-1000 or surf to www.creativeleisure.com for more details.
• Northwest Airlines World Vacations is offering 10% off Hawaii vacation packages (with a 5% bonus for agents through tomorrow). Book through Oct. 4 for travel Oct. 1 through May 31. Air from Los Angeles and accommodations for five nights at an Outrigger/Ohana property start at $376. The travel agent who books the most Outrigger/Ohana packages will earn a free five-night stay at an Outrigger or Ohana property in Hawaii. Agents should also inquire about the new travel protection plan. Details are available at www.nwaworldvacationsagent.com.

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