Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: April 26, 2004

ASTON HAWAII launched a new family program, "ASTONishing Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free." Kids 17 and younger stay free. Children 12 and under receive free admission tickets, meals and merchandise when accompanied by a paying adult who is purchasing something of equal or greater value. The free attractions for kids include the Maui Ocean Center, the Hawaii Nature Center and Atlantis Submarines, the Waikiki Aquarium, the Honolulu Zoo, the Magic of Polynesia Show, the Parker Ranch Museum, the Sugar Cane Train, and Sea Life Park. Restaurant participants include the Hard Rock Cafe, Tony Roma's, Pizza Hut and KFC Hawaii. The program is valid throughout 2004 and is usable in conjunction with Aston special rates or promotions, including the Free Deals program that offers every fifth night free, two-for-one luau passes and discount coupons. For more information visit

THE FAIRMONT ORCHID ON HAWAII'S BIG ISLAND is offering a new spa package as it marks the completion of a spa renovation and the construction of 10 new massage huts, or hales. The "Rejuvenate Yourself" package, available through Dec. 25, starts at $469 per night. The package requires a four-night minimum stay and includes accommodations for two, two 50-minute massage treatments and two 25-minute body treatments per stay, daily breakfast buffet for two at the Orchid Court and a spa amenity bag. Use of the adjacent fitness center, sauna and steam rooms is also included. Wellness enthusiasts can opt for treatments in one of the oceanside or tropical-setting hales. Lomilomi is a popular massage; guests can also opt for a vanilla-coffee exfoliation treatment that uses natural Kona coffee, orange and ginger. For more information, visit <<P>KAUAI'S POIPU BAY GOLF COURSE is reinstating its "Grand Slam" three-round golf package for 2004. The package offers golf enthusiasts discounted rates on golf rounds when the three rounds are completed within 10 days of purchase. The package includes green fees, and the use of a golf cart, global positioning system and the driving range. Guests staying at the adjacent Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort and Spa can buy the package for $300 plus tax per person; those staying elsewhere pay $360. The Grand Slam package is available through Dec. 18. For more information, call (800) 858-6300 or 808-742-8711.

THE LYMAN MISSION HOUSE, the Big Island's oldest frame structure (and the second oldest in the state), is open for tours that highlight Hawaii's early missionary history. The 165-year old structure is in the center of downtown Hilo and was recently restored. Lyman Mission House is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Guided tours begin every hour starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $3 for children up to 17 years. For more information, visit

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