Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: March 8, 2004

APPLE VACATIONS is offering a "Hawaii Cash-In" promotion where agents can earn an extra $25 cash bonus on each air-inclusive booking of five nights or more made through March 31 for travel through June 15. Once five bookings have been made, agents receive a roundtrip ticket to Hawaii via United Airlines. On the 8th booking a second roundtrip ticket is awarded. In addition, agents can treat clients to a tour in Hawaii with Apple's "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" promotion which offers a third free tour with purchase of a two select tours. Agents will receive full commission on the two purchased tours. Options include the Arizona Memorial, a Honolulu City tour, a dolphin and whale eco-adventure cruise, admission to the Maui Ocean Center and more. For details or to book, visit

THE HANALEI COLONY RESORT, a five-acre beachfront resort on Kauai's northern coast released its wedding and honeymoon packages for 2004. The hotel has five signature Weddings With Aloha packages that range in services from a simple beachfront ceremony to lavish, ornate affairs. The most basic Intimate Kauai Wedding package starts at $425, while the elaborate Romantic Kauai Wedding starts at $1,895. A long list of a la carte items can be added to custom tailor any package, including limousines; florists; services of a photographer and caterer; and even fire or hula dancers. All packages are valid for travel through December 19. Meanwhile, the Honeymoon Hideaway package includes an oceanview or premium oceanfront condo, a convertible rental car, a two-hour guided tour of tropical Limahuli Garden, an in-room or beachfront his and her massage, and a gift upon arrival. For five nights, the rates start at $1,470 per couple; a seven-night plan begins at $1,680. To book, call (800) 628-3004 or e-mail [email protected].

ACTION MOVIE STAR JACKIE CHAN opened his first stateside restaurant in downtown Honolulu's Ala Moana Shopping Center. Jackie's Kitchen features family-style Asian cuisine with Hawaiian accents, and the theme of the restaurant revolves around Chan's action movies and memorabilia. Located on the 3rd floor of the shopping center -- which has become quite the draw for both locals and visitors to the islands alike -- Jackie's is situated aside other themed eateries such as California Pizza Kitchen, Bubba Gump's and the Mai Tai Bar $ Grill. Menu favorites include Shanghai Noon Noodles, Twin Dragon Burger, Kalua Pork Wontons and Rush Hour Ribs. All waiters are trained in Chan trivia and there are five large screen TVs found throughout the restaurant -- all showing Chan movies. Average price for entree is $15. Chan owns and operates 40 restaurants located throughout Asia. For hours and other information, call (808) 943-CHAN.

VACATIONS FOR LESS is offering five- and seven-night packages to partner hotels throughout Hawaii, valid when booked prior to April 13. Packages include roundtrip air on Hawaiian or Delta and airport transfers for all Waikiki stays or use of a Dollar Rent A Car car rental for Maui, Big Island or Kauai visits. Five-night stays include the Outrigger Waikiki starting at $834 per person, Maui's Wailea Marriott starting at $995 and the Waikoloa Marriott on the Big Island starting at $1,034. All rates are per person, double. At participating Outrigger Resorts, families can opt for a second room at 50% off. Meanwhile, Sheraton and Luxury Collection participating hotels are offering a $75 dining credit per room on seven-night packages. Hotels include the Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Sheraton Kauai Resort, Kapalua Bay Hotel, Sheraton Maui and the Princeville Resort. All packages earn agents 12% commission. To book, call (800) 200-2423, log onto or e-mail [email protected].

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