Waikoloa Womens Golf Challenge returns to Big Island

The Fourth Annual Waikoloa Womens Golf Challenge will take place at the Waikoloa Resorts Beach and Kings Courses on the Big Island Oct. 21 to 23. Entry fee is $650. Deadline to enter is Sept. 20.


The event kicks off with a practice round for player participants and a reception

at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Tournament play begins Oct. 22 on the Waikoloa

Kings Course.

Cindy Rarick, winner of five LPGA titles, is this years featured golfer. Rarick will conduct a clinic for the players, as she did last year, when amateur players from 13 states participated in the challenge. The entry fee includes receptions, play, spa treatment and golf amenities.

Guests accompanying a tournament participant can opt for a special rate of $199 for two rounds of golf on their own.

The Hilton Waikoloa and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott will offer special room rates. For reservations, call (808) 922-5333 and ask for code WWGC.

Waikiki hotel part of new luxury brand

The Park Shore Waikiki has become a member of the Blackstone Groups new LXR Luxury Resorts Collection.

The Blackstone Group, which owns the Waikiki hotel, created the luxury brand following its acquisition of Wyndham International in August.

A Blackstone Group affiliate, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, will head the brand, which encompasses 14 Wyndham hotels and seven hotels and resorts from Blackstones own collection.

For more information on the Park Shore Waikiki, call (808) 923-0411 or visit www.parkshorewaikiki.com.

Four Seasons to manage Lanai hotels

Castle & Cooke Resorts signed an agreement turning over management of its two Lanai properties to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The hotels are the Lodge at Koele and the Manele Bay.

The Manele Bay Hotel has been undergoing a $40 million renovation and will be rebranded the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay when the work is completed in mid-September.

The Lodge at Koele will begin renovations in early 2006. Castle & Cooke will retain ownership of the hotels, golf courses, retail leasing and real estate development around the properties.

Hi-tech news from Outrigger Waikiki

Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach became the first hotel in Waikiki to offer free high-speed Internet access and free long-distance domestic telephone calls to its hotel guests.

Guest rooms and suites have been equipped with ethernet cables, and all meeting rooms, lobby and pool areas offer wireless connections. With the service, direct-dial calls to the mainland are free.

For more information, call (800) OUTRIGGER.

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

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