Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: July 19, 2004

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

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

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 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 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.

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