Hotels lose top ratings
Oahu's only two hotels holding AAA's Five Diamond rating, the
Halekulani and the Kahala Mandarin Oriental, each lost one diamond
for 2002. The diamond awards are published in AAA's tour book each
year and afford a hotel bragging rites. Only 33 hotels in the U.S.
hold the five diamond designation for 2002. Now only three hotels
in Hawaii hold five-diamond ratings from AAA: the Four Seasons
Resort Hualalai on the Big Island and a pair of Maui properties:
the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and the Four Seasons Resort. A spokeswoman
for the Mandarin Oriental said the hotel hopes to get its fifth
diamond back next year but pointed out the evaluations are based
only on a snapshot overnight visit by AAA.
Hawaiian Airlines took delivery of the first two of 16 new 767
aircraft that eventually will replace 15 DC-10s used on flights
from the mainland. The first two planes already are working on
routes from San Diego and Los Angeles to Honolulu, and a third will
start on the San Francisco to Honolulu route later this month.
Hawaiian recently completed the replacement of its entire fleet of
DC-9 aircraft used on interisland flights with 11 new 717-200
West Coast ranks No. 1
Hawaii visitors from the West Coast ranked No. 1 in spending and
No. 1 in head count in 2000, according to the state Department of
Business Economic Development and Tourism. The 2.1 million West
Coast visitors spent more than $3.4 billion in the state last year.
East Coast visitors ranked No. 2 in spending at a little more than
$2.9 billion but ranked No. 3 in the number of visitors at 1.5
million. Visitors from Japan ranked No. 3 in spending at $2.3
billion and No. 2 in the number of visitors at 2 million.
Royal Kona revamps
The Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island is renovating all 452
rooms, a restaurant and a lounge. The work should be completed by
mid-December, according to owner Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts.
Galileo added Aloha Airlines to its list of carriers that can sell
electronic tickets through the CRS. Electronic tickets are
available for booking on both interisland and mainland routes. The
CRS also offers electronic ticketing on Hawaiian Airlines.
The Aston Pacific Monarch in Waikiki finished a $1 million
renovation of its 135 condominium units. "Everything from the
carpet, furniture and fixtures to the appliances and refrigerators,
are new," said general manager Mike Winchatz. Rates for 2002 range
from $120 per night for a studio unit to $145 for a one-bedroom
unit. For more information, call (800) 922-7866.
$199 agent air rate
Aloha Airlines is offering travel agents and their spouses a fare
of $199 per person, roundtrip from Oakland and Santa Ana, Calif.,
and Las Vegas to Honolulu, Maui or the Big Island through Jan. 31.
Agents must meet certain requirements such as having one year of
service at the current agency and having a valid International
Airlines Travel Agency Network ID card. Interested agents should
fax a request on company letterhead signed by the agency owner or
manager with the employee's and spouse's names, ARC number, a copy
of the Iatan card and a record locator number for the reservation
to the Aloha Airlines sales offices. On the mainland, call (415)
394-0303, and in Hawaii, (808) 539-5901.
Agent rate at Orchid
The Orchid at Mauna Lani is offering a nightly agent rate of $139
per room in a gardenview unit. The offer is good for three nights
maximum from Jan. 2 through Dec. 20, 2002. To get the discount,
agents must present an Iatan card and a letter of introduction from
the agency owner or manager at check-in. For details, call (800)
Pleasant adds hotels
Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays added six properties to its brochure for
2002: the Ohana Waikiki Malia on Oahu; the Outrigger Palms at
Wailea on Maui; the Sugar Beach Resort on Maui, and the Big Island
resorts of the Islands at Mauna Lani, Mauna Lani Point and the Hilo
SunTrips seven-night sale
SunTrips is having a sale on seven-night packages from San
Francisco to Hawaii including air, car and accommodations, with
prices ranging from $459 to $839 per person, double, depending on
the island. The sale is good through January on selected
departures. Call (800) 786-8747.