Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: July 5, 2004

ALOHA AIRLINES will launch daily, nonstop service between Las Vegas and Honolulu, and Sacramento and Maui, both to begin on Sept. 7. Aloha already is taking reservations for these two routes. In addition, Aloha announced that twice-daily summer service from Oakland to Honolulu and daily service from Oakland to Maui and Oakland to Kona will extend into the fall. On Sept. 6, the carrier will cease service to Phoenix and the nonstop between Burbank and Maui. Aloha is also dropping short-haul service between Oakland and Las Vegas, Burbank and Las Vegas, and Burbank to Sacramento in order to focus on transpacific routes, said an Aloha spokesman.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is offering 50% off to Hawaii-bound travelers who book air- and hotel-inclusive packages out of San Francisco through Aug. 31. Pleasant has nonstop scheduled service on ATA Airlines to both Oahu and Maui. Based on double occupancy, four-night packages to Oahu start at $579 for the first person, $359 for the companion. Rates include air fare, accommodations, flower lei greeting, roundtrip airport transfers and taxes. Four-night packages to Maui begin at $695 for the first person, $470 for the companion. Rates include the same as Oahu, plus rental car. For more information, visit

THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY launched a Web site,, intended to provide business travelers information about meetings, conventions and development on the islands. The site will highlight emerging industries on the islands, as well as information for those thinking of starting businesses in Hawaii or sending employees to the islands. The site will have links to providers of technology, transportation, meeting spaces, shipping services, and social activities.

PARADISE CRUISES launched a third vessel out of Lahaina, Maui. The 149-passenger Spirit of Lahaina was purchased by the day-cruise company in January and embarks on daily sunset-grill cruises and whale-watching cruises (during whale season). The company also operates the Star of Honolulu, a 232-foot yacht that holds 1,500 people and sails each evening out of Waikiki for dinner and an evening show. The Starlet, Paradise Cruises' other vessel, is a 340-person yacht that sails from Waikiki nightly for a dinner and show. All vessels include motorcoach transportation to and from hotels. For more information, visit

THE BATTLESHIP MISSOURI in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu launched an "Encampment Program" enabling kids to camp overnight camp aboard the ship. An "Explorer's Tour" offers a look into the crew's galley, brig, machine shop, post office, barber shop, laundry room, and the famous "Broadway," a corridor extending a third of the ship's length. The tour ends on the Missouri's Surrender Deck, the site of Japan's unconditional surrender that ended World War II. The "Encampment Program" costs $39 per child and $49 for an accompanying adult for a one-night's stay. For more information, visit

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