Hawaii Happenings: Big Island resorts make changes

Several resorts on the Big Islands Kohala-Kona coast have undergone ownership changes and/or renovations in the past two years.


Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts announced the beginning of a multimillion-dollar renovation to its Royal Kona Resort. Slated for completion in late 2006, the refit will include major improvements to the 541 guest rooms, the buildings exterior, landscaping and public areas.

The former Tropics Restaurant will become a new Don the Beachcombers Tiki Grill & Bar.

The resort, which is owned by Ed and Lynn Hogan, founders of Pleasant Holidays, will remain open during renovations.

The Kona Surf, known to visitors as the hotel with the manta rays, reopened as the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa after a $70 million renovation.

The Keauhou Beach Resort on Hawaiis Big Island has been rebranded an Outrigger property. The resort flies an Ohana flag.

Showtime, Samoan-style

A new Polynesian show and feast is the featured event at Marriotts Ko Olina Beach Club on Oahu.

Fia Fia -- An Evening in Samoa features fire-knife dances, a buffet and a Samoan musical revue. The price is $54.95 for adults and $27.50 for kids. Call the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club at (877) 229-4484 or visit www.vacationclub.com.

Suite dreams

The Doubletree Alana Hotel in Waikiki completed a $2.9 million renovation that transformed all 45 suites and 268 guest rooms, which now have Sweet Dreams pillowtop beds.

Royal treatment

The Sheraton Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki is offering a series of new spa packages.

Among them is the Royal Treatment package, which includes an oceanfront room, two treatments per person in the hotels Abhasa Spa and a $100 dining credit.

The plan is priced at $650 per night, double, with a four-night minimum stay.  For more information, visit www.royalhawaiian.com/nh_abhasa.htm or call (808) 922-8200.

The $600 gourmet meal

The Mauna Lani Point and the Islands at Mauna Lani -- two private home rentals on the Mauna Lani Resort property -- are offering private gourmet dinners prepared by an award-winning chef from Merrimans Waimea restaurant.

The meals, which cost $600 for two, are prepared in the kitchen and served on the guests lanai.

New ad campaign

The Maui Visitors Bureau launched its Malama Maui campaign, which supplies to nationwide magazines and visitor centers materials promoting Mauis farms, mom-and-pop eateries, family-owned businesses, churches and historical sites.

For more information, log on to www.visitmaui.com.

Kids camp at Ocean Center

The Maui Ocean Center will offer a day camp for children ages 8 to 12 from June 6 through Sept. 2.

The sessions will take place Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will offer kids the chance to earn a Junior Naturalist certification. Sharks, stingrays and other aquatic life are covered in the program. The cost is $55 per day.

Call (808) 270-7075 or visit www.mauioceancenter.com

Westin caters to brides

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa added a private Pikake Spa Bridal Suite, available to those who purchase a Spa Bridal package.

Packages begin at $230. For more information, call (808) 667-2525.

Have a BLT at Napili Kai

The Napili Kai Beach Resort on Maui is serving BLT (breakfast or lunch on the terrace).

The BLT Maui package is for guests staying at the resort for a minimum of five nights and a maximum of 10 nights, starting at $200 per night. Daily breakfast or lunch at the Sea House Restaurant and a welcome amenity basket are included.

Every oceanview, beachfront and oceanfront studio booked at rack rate for four consecutive nights earns a fifth night free. Rates range from $270 to $405 per night.

BLT and fifth-night-free packages are available for stays through June 10; Aug. 20 to Oct. 14; Nov. 12 to 18 and Dec. 3 to 16.

For more information, call (800) 367-5030 or log on to www.napilikai.com.

To contact reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].

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