Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: March 29, 2004

DON CARTY, the former American chairman and CEO who resigned under pressure in April 2003, could return to the airline industry as the chairman of Hawaiian when it emerges from bankruptcy. Carty also would invest an unspecified amount in the airline. News of Carty's participation came March 24 from Hawaiian Holdings, parent company of Hawaiian. Carty said he would offer advice on strategy, but would not be involved in the day-to-day management of the airline. This is all dependent, however, on the Hawaiian Holdings reorganization plan winning out over at least two competing proposals that will be considered by the bankruptcy court. The reorganization blueprints include a plan jointly submitted by Boeing, one of the airline's biggest creditors, and the Corporate Recovery Group.

THE SPIRIT OF ONTARIO I, a high-speed passenger and vehicle ferry, made a showing earlier this month in Honolulu, foreshadowing the proposed service due in 2006. Governor Linda Lingle welcomed a demonstration of what will be called the Hawaii Superferry, and spoke briefly on how the service between islands would benefit all of Hawaii. Scheduled to be a permanent fixture on the Hawaiian waterways in 2006, the ferry(s) will shuttle daily between Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island. En route to Rochester, N.Y., from its previous berth in Australia, the Spirit of Ontario I is 20% smaller than that which will transport passengers and cargo between the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii vessels will carry up to 900 passengers, plus nearly 300 automobiles. Hawaii Superferry is investing upwards of $100 million in the service and will employ 300 people. The State of Hawaii has invested in a new ferry terminal off Pier 19 in Honolulu, to be completed shortly before the arrival of the boats in early 2006. Service is expected to begin in November of 2006.

STARWOOD HOTELS AND RESORTS purchased the 413-room Sheraton Kauai Resort on Poipu Beach, Kauai, earlier this month from former owners Obayashi Corp. for $40 million. Previously, Starwood managed the property for Obayashi Corp. under its Sheraton brand. The resort features five restaurants, 13 suites with ocean views and terraces, a fitness and massage center, tennis courts, access to two championship golf courses and two pools. For information on the resort, visit www.starwood.com or call (808) 742-1661

CLIENTS AT THE MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOS on the Big Island's Kohala Coast now have a unique opportunity to literally "turn back the years." The Mauna Lani Spa has teamed with anti-aging specialist Dr. William Cervantes to offer a new program of high-end, medical-grade cosmetic therapies and products the hotel is calling "Aesthetic Health Services." Treatments include light therapies, laser spider vein removal, hair removal and microderm abrasion treatments to help reduce lines, scars and dry skin. Collagen, Botox and Hyaluronic Acids also are used in various treatments to remove wrinkles and other skin defects. In addition, the spa will sell medical grade products to support the clinical and cosmetic needs of each guest. Dr. Cervantes oversees all procedures and is available for consultation prior to all treatments. For details, visit Mauna Lani on the Web [www.maunalani.com] or call (800) 367-2323.

CLASSIC CUSTOM VACATIONS teamed with Hyatt Resorts and Spas of Hawaii to offer agents new packages with added savings. At the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, packages include every fourth night free, a guaranteed one category room upgrade at time of booking and daily breakfast buffet for two, starting at $485 per person, double, for an oceanview room. The offer is good for travel through Dec. 26. At the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa guests are offered every seventh night free for travel through April 17 and June 20 through August 21. Also, daily breakfast buffet for two and a $150 resort credit come with every partial ocean, deluxe ocean or regency deluxe room booking. Seven nights begin at $1,555 per person, double. At the Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa, agents can offer every sixth night free and daily breakfast buffet for two for $1,518 per person, double, on all travel prior to December 16. To book, log onto www.classicforagents.com.

THE KAUAI MARRIOTT RESORT AND BEACH CLUB opened a new restaurant, Cafe Portofino, which serves regional Northern Italian fare ranging from simple pastas to osso bucco topped with tomato sauce and homemade mozzarella. Other resort restaurants include the Kalapaki Grill, Kukui's Poolside Restaurant and Bar, Oceanfront Terrace, Aupaka Terrace, and Duke's Canoe Club. The Kauai Marriott is situated on 51 acres of oceanfront property overlooking Kalapaki Beach and the Nawiliwili Harbor. Call (808) 245-2121 for reservations or visit www.marriotthawaii.com.

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