Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows at Kalahuipuaa on the Big
Island is offering a springtime early-bird special for stays March
1 through May 30. When booking a four-night stay by Feb. 28, guests
at the resort -- a member of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts and
Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide -- earn a fifth night
guests enjoy a $100 per-night credit -- good toward activities,
incidentals and food and beverages -- for standard or gardenview
rooms, or a $200 credit for oceanview and other higher-category
rooms. The special does not apply to suite, villa or bungalow
or more information, visit www.maunalani.com or call (800) 367-2323 or
Mandarin Oriental Hawaii in Honolulu will see its name shortened to
the Kahala on March 1, when owners Kahala Hotel
Investors turn over the keys to a new management company,
The Kahala -- a
luxury, 364-room hotel -- opened in 1964 as a Hilton hotel, a
member of Leading Hotels of the World and one of four AAA Five
Diamond resorts in Hawaii. The property will now undergo a program
of changes and enhancements, according to Kahala Hotel Investors
parent company, Trinity Investments.
Oriental Group had managed the Kahala since 1994. Landmark, mostly
active in Mexico, managed the Kea Lani Resort, Villas and Spa (now
a Fairmont property) on Maui from 1992 to 2001.
Hawaiian entertainer Don Ho returned to the stage
last month in the new, thrice-weekly Don Ho Show
at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber hotel in
Mr. Tiny Bubbles
once again serenades audiences in Waikiki on Sundays, Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Adult tickets run from $32 for
show only to $52 with dinner; youth and other discount rates are
Out of the public
eye for some time, Ho, now 75, reportedly underwent experimental
cardiac surgery recently in Thailand.
information or tickets, visit www.donho.com or www.ohanahotels.com.
deal has been forged to preserve the Waimea Valley Audubon
Center, on Oahus north shore, in its natural state. Under
a complex financial deal expected to close sometime in the second
quarter, the center will be acquired from its current owner, New
York-based developer Christian Wolffer -- also former owner of Sea
Life Park -- in a deal reportedly worth about $14
The city of
Honolulu will kick in $5.1 million to buy the land. The rest will
come from the state of Hawaiis Office of Hawaiian Affairs and
Department of Land and Natural Resources, along with the U.S. Army
and the Audubon Society, which has managed the preserve since
reportedly tried to sell the center to private concerns for $25
For more on
Waimea Valley, visit www.audubon.org.
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