Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Aug. 2, 2004

THE 34TH ANNUAL KONA COFFE CULTURAL FESTIVAL will take place on the Big Island from Nov. 5 to 14. The theme this year will be "Kona Coffee: Our Treasured Legacy," and some 30 events will attract caffeinated enthusiasts, including a parade, contests, tastings, art exhibits and farm and mill tours. The final event is a scholarship pageant, the winner of which competes at the Miss Hawaii Pageant. For more information visit or call (808) 326-7820.

OKTOBERFEST returns to the Ala Moana Hotel from Oct. 5 to 10, where visitors to the islands can experience German cuisine, beer, polka dancing and sing-a-longs. Events take place in the Ala Moana's Hibiscus Ballroom, Tuesday through Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 per person during the week, $8 on the weekend.

THE MAUI COAST HOTEL in Kihei is offering a romance package to those traveling to the island between now and Dec. 20. The "Kuuipo (Sweetheart) Package" is $250 per night, three-night minimum. It includes a one-bedroom suite, daily breakfast served in bed, use of a convertible or SUV for length of stay and an amenity basket. The package may not be combined with other promotions and does not include taxes. Go to for more information or call (808) 874-6284.

CLASSIC CUSTOM VACATIONS teamed with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii to offer travelers double upgrades, free room nights and daily breakfast on vacations booked between now and Dec. 20. At the Faimont Kea Lani on Maui, guests will receive every fifth night free and an automatic upgrade to one of the property's ocean-view villas when two ocean-view suites are reserved for a minimum of five nights. Rates begin at $2,943 per person. On the Big Island, guests can chose between a double upgrade or daily breakfast for two, as well as their fifth or seventh night free at the Orchid. All guests booking moderate rooms are automatically upgraded to partial ocean view. Rates start at $832 per person for seven nights. See or for more details.

THE HANALEI COLONY RESORT on Hawaii's island of Kauai opened the Hanalei Day Spa. Three treatment rooms and a beachfront hale (private thatched hut) will host guests. Rejuvenation programs include yoga classes, nutritional consultations, zen shiatsu and a 7-day yoga retreat. Yoga is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Seven-day yoga retreats cost $2,100 per person, double. Visit for more information.

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