Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: March 22, 2004

THE FOUR SEASONS signed a letter of intent to operate the only two resort hotels on Lanai,. The Lodge at Koele and the Manele Bay Hotel. Both resorts were built in the early 1990s. Castle & Cooke Resorts owns the properties. Discussions had been ongoing for six months, according to a spokesman at the Manele Bay Hotel, who added that the deal should be closed by the beginning of this summer. The Manele Bay Hotel has 250 rooms and the Lodge has 102. Four Seasons operates two other properties in Hawaii: the Four Seasons Resort Maui and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, on the Big Island.

THE HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI RESORT & SPA is set to begin the first part of a two-phase renovation of its rooms that will cost some $14 million. Phase one will tackle all rooms in the Ewa Tower and is scheduled to be completed by October. Phase two will begin in early 2005 and will include all rooms in the Diamond Head Tower. General manager Frank Lavey said the new theme will be "simple Hawaiian elegance, with guest comfort and spacious functionality as the main objectives." A model is available for viewing at the property; agents can receive photographic renderings.

THE HYATT'S NA HO'OLA SPA continues to be a huge draw. Treatments include various types of traditional massages, hydrotherapy, body wraps, facials and bridal services. The hotel is offering a new Na Ho'ola Spa Package for travel through Dec. 27. Guests will receive complimentary daily breakfast buffet, an in-room wooden spa basket with select bathing products and lotions, a sponge and brushes; unlimited use of the Na Ho'ola Spa facilities; three 50-minute spa treatments per person, based on double occupancy. The four-night packages are priced from $879. For more information visit or call (808) 921-6000.

RUNAWAY TOURS is offering a variety of Hawaiian packages in partnership with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The packages include roundtrip air from LAX or SFO and roundtrip transfers for Oahu or a Dollar Rent A Car car rental for all other islands. For example, a six-night package at Oahu's Sheraton Princess Kailualani begins at $967 per person, double, with a $75 dining credit. The Sheraton Maui has rates that start at $1,132 per person, double, including daily breakfast for two. Kauai's Princeville Hotel package comes with a bottle of champagne, fresh flowers in the room and either a daily buffet or full breakfast for $1,725 per person, double. For more information, visit or call (800) 622-0723.

THE WAIMEA VALLEY AUDUBON CENTER opened in the location of the former Waimea Valley Adventure Park after extensive renovations and landscape redesigning. Directly across from the surf scene in Waimea Bay, the Audubon Center is perfect for a quiet picnic under a tree, an educational tour [Thursdays and Sundays] about fauna and even a stroll to a majestic waterfall. Swimming is permitted at the waterfall, depending on conditions. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For information about weddings at the venue, call Tinker Blomfield, wedding coordinator, at (808) 638-8941.

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