GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS published fall packages
for inbound Waikiki travelers that offer one and two nights free,
depending on length of stay. Those booking four nights at the
Sheraton Moana Surfrider or The Royal Hawaiian will receive a fifth
night free when traveling between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15. Those who
book eight nights will receive two nights free. Land-only,
four-night packages at the Surfrider are $439 per person, double;
$849 for the eight-night stays. At the Royal Hawaiian, rates begin
at $609 per person for four-night stays; $1189 for eight night
stays. A $75 dining credit is included per room, plus a room
upgrade, round-trip airport transfers and a trolley pass. For more
information, visit www.gogowwv.com.
OUTRIGGER ENTERPRISES found a buyer, Blackstone
Real Estate Advisors of New York, for its Waikoloa Beach and Wailea
Resort properties. Outrigger CEO David Carey said the closing could
happen by July 30. He said Outrigger would use some of the money
from the sale "to finance future growth in Hawaii and throughout
the Pacific." Carey may be referring to the Waikiki Beach Walk, a
project that will cost approximately $460 million to build.
Outrigger is sharing that cost with developer Richard Gushman. For
more information, visit www.outrigger.com.
THE BATTLESHIP MISSOURI MEMORIAL at Pearl
Harbor welcomed its two-millionth visitor, a man from California
accompanied by his wife and two children. He received an admiral's
cap, a commemorative teak plank from the Missouri's deck, a free
tour, a copy of a coffee-table book and the U.S. flag that flew
over the battleship that morning. The memorial opened to the public
in 1999. Go to www.ussmissouri.com for information about the memorial
and admission prices.
KONA VILLAGE ASSOCIATES sold the Kona Village
Resort to Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts. The Big Island hotel sits
on 82 acres overlooking Kahuwai Bay and consists of 125 cottages
with thatched roofs. Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts also owns the
Four Seasons New York and the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa
Barbara. Owner Ty Warner is a manufacturer of children's soft toys,
and ranks 30th on Forbes' list of wealthiest individuals with a net
worth of $6 billion. Visit www.konavillage.com for more information.
HOST MARRIOTT, a lodging real estate company
that currently owns 111 upscale hotels not limited to
Marriott-branded properties, bought the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui
for $355 million. Host Marriott owns one other property in Hawaii,
the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa.