NCL AMERICA will host an overnight fundraiser
cruise July 3 in Honolulu to benefit five Hawaii-based charities as
part of the line's inaugural festivities for Pride of America, its
new U.S. flagged ship. All ticket revenue from the cruise will go
to Bishop Museum, Child and Family Services, Ready to Learn, the
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and the U.S.S. Missouri
Memorial. NCL America will donate the use of the ship and all food
and beverage services during the overnight festivities. Prices
include a stateroom, a cocktail party and dinner, live
entertainment, a silent auction and breakfast. Inside cabins start
at $300 while family suites cost $1,000. When booking the cruise,
guests should contact the charity they would like to support:
Bishop Museum at (808) 848-4157; Child and Family Services at (808)
543-8413; Ready to Learn at (808) 585-7425; Council for Native
Hawaiian Advancement at (808) 521-5011; U.S.S. Missouri Memorial
(808) 454-1434. NCL also unveiled "Cruise-and-Stay" packages for
three- and four-day interisland cruises aboard Pride of Aloha
beginning Oct. 1. For details, call (800) 327-7030 or visit www.ncl.com.
HAWAIIAN'S TRUSTEE, Joshua Gotbaum, filed a
complaint against John Adams, former chairman and CEO of Hawaiian
Holdings, parent company of Hawaiian, in an effort to recover $28
million paid to Adams and other shareholders in a 2002 tender
offer. The bankruptcy court in Honolulu had appointed a trustee
after it determined that Adams "consistently placed the interests
of its shareholders ahead of the interests of its creditors, even
while the company was in severe financial distress." Adams stands
by his actions. "We intend to prove that everything we did was
proper, based on advice of counsel, and fully disclosed," he said
in a statement.
RKL BEACHSIDE purchased the Aston Waikiki
Beachside Hotel for $9.8 million. Built in 1966, the Beachside is
located on Kalakaua Avenue between the Hyatt Regency and the
Pacific Beach Hotel. Renovated two decades ago, the 79-room
property was the first Aston hotel founded by former owner Andre
Tatibouet, who sold the brand to ResortQuest International in 1998.
Aston will continue to manage the hotel.
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL will add a moderately
priced Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Kauai in 2004. The result of
a franchise agreement with California-based Presidio Hotel Group,
LLC, the 312-room Coconut Beach Resort at Waipouli, Kauai, will
undergo a multi-phased renovation while remaining open. Following
the improvements, the hotel will be rebranded Courtyard by Marriott
Kauai; it will be the 14th Marriott property on four islands in
TOTAL VISITOR ARRIVALS to Hawaii fell 1.5% in
October compared with the same month last year, according the
latest report from the Department of Business, Economic Development
and Tourism. Domestic visitor arrivals remained the same and
domestic visitor days rose 0.6% during the month. International
visitor arrivals remained 4.6% below previous-year levels, and
international visitor days fell 6.2%. Year-to-date, visitor days
from the western U.S. increased 5.5%. By island, visitors from the
western U.S. were highest on Maui. Meanwhile, visitor days from the
eastern U.S. rose 8.5% year-to-date due to increases in arrivals
and length of stay.
RATES & DATES
• Northwest Airlines WorldVacations is offering agents a free Sony
camera or camcorder for booking qualifying air and hotel packages
to Hawaii online at www.nwaworldvacationsagent.com. They'll also
get $25 off the package price if they add an Alamo rental car.
Bookings must be made now through Dec. 31 for travel now through
April 30. WorldVacations offers more than 90 hotels and resorts
throughout the Islands. Agents can also book dinner cruises and
other extras when making reservations. (The fine print: a $2,000
minimum package purchase is required to qualify for the
• Hanalei Colony Resort on Kauai's north shore has two new packages
for 2004, available for travel Jan. 5 through Dec. 19. "Explore
Napali" is for active travelers and includes five or seven nights
in a two-bedroom oceanview condominium, use of a rental car, a
two-hour guided tour of Limahuli Garden, a day of kayaking on the
Hanalei River, his and hers massages, and a guidebook about hiking
on Kauai. The five-night package is priced at $1,518 for two people
during the low season (Jan. 5 to May 31 and Sept. 9 to Dec. 19).
There's also a romantic "Honeymoon Hideaway" vacation. All
two-bedroom units have fully-equipped kitchens and private lanais.
Call (800) 628-3004 or visit www.hcr.com.
• Classic Hawaii partnered with Oahu's Waikiki Parc Hotel and the
Embassy Vacation Resort Kaanapali on Maui to offer packages that
include discount coupons and an aloha shirt from Hilo Hattie. Seven
nights at Embassy Vacation Resort Kaanapali start at $801 per
person, double occupancy for bookings and travel through May 14.
The plan is offered at the Waikiki Parc for new bookings now
through Dec. 31 for travel through Dec. 25, 2004.Blackout dates
apply. To book, log onto www.classiccustomvacations.com.