THE 4TH ANNUAL TAHITIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL takes
place on July 16 and 17 at the Polynesian Cultural Center, on
Oahu's North Shore. A highlight of the festival is the Tahitian
dance competition, which will take place at 6 p.m. July 16 and 9
a.m. July 17. The competition is held for both solo and group
performers, and is divided into two categories for each
competitor--a fast dance that spotlights dancing skills and
rhythmic movement, and a slower dance that tells a story passed
through generations of Tahitians. Tickets are $30 per person,
however prices can vary depending on the package type purchased at
the PCC. www.polynesia.com or 800-367-7060
THE HONOLULU ZOO is offering various Day Camp
adventures for children--and their parents--who have with an
interest in animals and their habitats. The "Keiki Zookeeper"
program lets kids age six to 10 to go behind-the-scenes to meet the
animals and participate in feedings. "Ohana Adventures" is geared
for kids five years old and older and focuses on animal enrichment.
Families participate in creating treats for the animals. "Twilight
Tours" allows families to explore the zoo after dark when most
visitors are gone. All ages are welcome for this program. Finally,
a "Snooze in the Zoo" program lets families and kids of any age
camp out on the zoo property. They can eat pizza and s'mores and
listen to animal stories around the campfire. Also, every Wednesday
from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the zoo presents a summer concert series with
local performers. www.honzoosoc.org or call 808-926-3191
UNITED said it will relaunch daily nonstop
service between Chicago [O'Hare] and Honolulu airports. The
flight--which uses a Boeing 777 with 348 seats--departs Chicago at
10:15 a.m. and arrives in Honolulu at 1:45 p.m. The return trip
will depart Hawaii at 4:25 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 5:15 a.m.
the following morning. Also, the carrier initiated a second daily
nonstop Tokyo-to-Honolulu flight onboard a Boeing 777, as well.
United already flies nonstop daily to both Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
THE WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT is offering
incentives to entice groups with an affinity for astronomy to visit
Mauna Kea, the 14,000- foot mountain nearby. It is home to the
world's largest observatory. Thirteen telescopes, operated by 11
countries, speckle the mountain's snow-capped summit. The hotel is
extending a special rate to groups that decide to book a minimum of
25 rooms for three nights. In addition to the special rate of $165
per room and assistance with transportation for the two-hour
journey to Mauna Kea, guests will be invited to a cocktail party,
can enjoy recreational activities and VIP arrangements. The offer
is valid through Dec. 24. www.waikoloabeachmarriott.com
FUNJET VACATIONS is offering discounted
packages to travelers visiting Maui from the mainland, in addition
to cash bonuses and extra commissions for agents. For travel
through Dec. 15, travelers will save $75 on the Maui Magic package,
and agents will earn an extra $25 cash bonus when booking at one of
more than 25 participating hotels through VAX VacationAccess.
Agents also can earn additional commissions when pre-booking
add-ons such as the Royal Lahaina Luau, Molokini Snorkel
excursions, sunrise bike tours of Haleakala, or helicopter tours.
Maui Magic is valid for passengers visiting other islands, as long
as Maui is on the itinerary for four nights and a minimum
reservation amount of $1,800. www.vaxvacationaccess.com
CORRECTION: In the June 7 Hawaii E-Letter, the
Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui was misidentified as the Fairmont