Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: June 28, 2004

THE NEWLY PUBLISHED 2004 Zagat U.S. Family Travel Guide named the Maui Ocean Center as the "Top Rated Attraction in Hawaii" and placed it among the top 50 attractions in the country. The survey was conducted in association with Parenting Magazine, and based on the reviews of 11,000 subscribers and avid travelers who have children. The Maui Ocean Center earned high scores for child appeal, adult appeal, public facilities and service. Also on the list were the Old Lahaina Luau, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Bishop Museum. The Maui Ocean Center is open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 per adult, $13 for children. www.mauioceancenter and

TURTLE BAY RESORT is hosting its third annual "Guitars Under The Stars" Independence Day concert with live music, fireworks and food on Saturday, July 3. Starting at 5 p.m., guests can wander from booth to booth, tasting wines, beer and food. Telescopes will be scattered throughout the lawn to take in the celestial views. The music is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with featured jazz performers Spyro Gyra, and local vocalist Sonya Mendez, who will perform with the Brian Kessler Band. At 9:15 p.m., fireworks will fill the North Shore sky. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the gate.

THE SHERATON MAUI RESORT has an All-American themed day and evening planned for July 4. It's open to all hotel guests [those staying elsewhere in Kaanapali can enjoy the restaurants, bars and entertainment, but poolside activities are reserved for hotel guests only]. There games for adults and children in and around the pool, in addition to face painting, balloon art, hair-wrap stations [red, white and blue only] and a magic show. Booths will serve popcorn, shaved ice, cotton candy, there will be memorabilia, noisemakers and hats for minimal fees, the proceeds of which will go to StarWish, a local charity. There will be live poolside entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a cliff-diving ceremony at sunset. A barbecue will be offered poolside, with baby back ribs, corn on the cob, burgers and hotdogs.

A SURGE IN INTEREST IN DEEP WATER DIVING has spurred the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort to introduce a new package that gives guests the opportunity to become Professional Assn. of Diving Instructors-certified while they stay at the hotel. The Kauai Scuba Adventure Package, assembled in conjunction with Wet-N-Wonderful Ocean Sports, offers two guests a deluxe pool-view room, PADI certification for both people, airport transfers, nightly cocktail parties, the Polynesian dance show, and complimentary use of the hotel's tennis courts for $1,195. The package is valid for travel through Dec. 20. The diving course lasts three to five days and includes introductory dives, underwater training and four open-water dives. A final test must be taken to attain PADI Open Water Certification.

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