Several resorts on the Big Islands
Kohala-Kona coast have undergone ownership changes and/or
renovations in the past two years.
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
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
The Keauhou Beach
Resort on Hawaiis Big Island has been rebranded an Outrigger
property. The resort flies an Ohana flag.
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.
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 Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki is offering a series of new spa
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
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)
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
The meals, which
cost $600 for two, are prepared in the kitchen and served on the
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
information, log on to www.visitmaui.com.
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.
270-7075 or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.
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.
BLT at Napili Kai
The Napili Kai
Beach Resort on Maui is serving BLT (breakfast or lunch on the
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.
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.
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.
information, call (800) 367-5030 or log on to www.napilikai.com.
reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].