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Newsletter: Hawaii and South Pacific, 7/23/08

Starwood Vacation Ownership Announces Plans for Third Maui Resort


­­Starwood Vacation Ownership, a division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, announced plans to expand its portfolio of resorts in Hawaii with the development of its third vacation ownership resort on Maui.

The new beachfront property is scheduled to open fall 2011. It will be located in Kaanapali North Beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean with views of the islands of Lanai and Molokai. The new property will have 390 luxury villas, including a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. It will also be convenient to shopping and dining in Lahaina.

Of note is the fact that the resort has been designed to achieve certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, the nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings.

The new Kaanapali North Beach resort will bring Starwood’s total number of vacation ownership properties in Hawaii to four.


Hawaiian Airlines Nixes Adding 767 to Transpacific Fleet


­­Hawaiian Airlines has elected not to pursue the addition of another Boeing 767 wide-body aircraft to its fleet, as had been contemplated in an April letter of intent.

Hawaiian cites twin problems for the cancellation: a delay in the date the aircraft was to be in service and an uncertain economic environment. Complications arose in the process of conforming the aircraft to Hawaiian’s operating certificate, which would have delayed its entry into service until the fourth quarter.

“I know many supporters of Hawaiian Airlines’ growth will be disappointed by this decision, however, the prospect of not being able to use this aircraft until very late this year against the backdrop of the recent run-up in fuel prices made this a fairly straight-forward decision,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and chief executive officer.

Dunkerley said that the decision does not affect the company’s plans to acquire four additional narrow-body Boeing 717-200 aircraft in the fall to support its expanded interisland operations in Hawaii. Nor does it affect Hawaiian’s commitment to taking delivery of a new, more efficient fleet of long-haul Airbus aircraft starting in 2012.


Complete Reconstruction Scheduled for Hotel Bora Bora


­­Hotel Bora Bora, an Amanresort property in the Society Islands in French Polynesia, will close this October for a complete reconstruction and will re-launch in time for its 50th anniversary in 2011.

Hotel Bora Bora was built in 1961 and first opened with 18 thatched-roof huts. Nine years later, the resort introduced the first over-water bungalows to Bora Bora. The resort offers a 270 degree-view encompassing the islands of Tahaa and Raiatea to the west, the island of Maupiti to the east, the islet of Motu Toopua in the foreground, and the barrier reef in the distance. The chimney peaks of Mount Otemanu and Pahia provide scenic backdrops to the resort’s three beaches.

General Manager Ian White adds that in the next few months, the resort is looking forward to welcoming many return guests who have been a part of its evolution over the years. “This is a special time to experience the resort as we celebrate its past and anticipate its rebirth. We have arranged a number of special experiences during this period to remind guests of Hotel Bora Bora’s memorable history.”


Featured Attraction: LEVEL4

LEVEL4, Honolulu’s new nightclub and ultra lounge overlooking Waikiki, opens this month at the Royal Hawaiian Center.

The club will feature a 4,500 square-foot dance floor, a 116-foot projection screen, catwalks suspending aerialists above the dance floor, and well-known DJs from Hawaii and beyond. VIP bottle service is available and guests can access camera feeds throughout the club from the interactive tables.

Hawaii Island Festival: “30 Days of Aloha”

The month of September will bring the Big Island’s “30 Days of Aloha” festival, which celebrates Hawaii's cultural traditions and aloha spirit. Popular signature events include the Royal Court Investiture, Waimea Paniolo Parade, and the Ms. Aloha Nui, Kindy Sproat Falsetto and Poke contests.

The event is presided over by Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini. The festival is held in conjunction with the Waikoloa Beach Resort’s “Weekend of Hawaiian Culture,” held September 5-7. Contact Moani Akana 808-885-3110, or Linda Pokipala 808-885-9259 for details.

Grande Grand Escape on Maui


­­Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa on Maui is offering the Grande Grand Escape Package for non-guests. The package includes a one-hour Terme Hydrotherapy at Spa Grande, two 50-minute spa treatments at Spa Grande or poolside (choice of massage, facial or manicure/pedicure), poolside cabana with tropical fruit plate and chilled water, pool passes, lunch for two featuring specialty drinks, appetizers and lunch. Cost is $580 based on two people.

Yanuca Journey Spa Experience


The recently opened ­­CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa is offering “Yanuca Journey.” The journey includes a “Dusk til Dawn” experience for couples to enjoy in ocean treatment bures. This begins with a candlelit “Himalayan Bath Therapy” in the bure private outdoor bath, followed by a “CHI Skin Polish” using natural ingredients to exfoliate the skin. After relaxation in “Aromatic Steam,” a 90-minute "Signature Aroma Vitality Massage” helps release body tension. As the massage comes to a close, a specially prepared spa cuisine meal awaits with a CHI gift. At dawn, a light breakfast is served and the journey ends with a one-hour deep cleansing “CHI Facial” using pure aromatherapy herbs and oils. The Yanuca Journey is offered for a minimum three-night stay starting from FJD$500 per night double, with daily breakfast. Valid through December 31; subject to availability.

Travel Agent Appreciation Special


Valid through December 21, the ­­Keauhou Beach Resort’s Travel Agent Appreciation Special offers nightly room rates of $99 for a moderate room, $109 for partial ocean view, and $119 for ocean view room, up to a maximum of four nights, based on single or double occupancy. Additional room nights may be booked at the Big Island property’s best available travel agent rate. Travel agents will be requested to provide a valid IATA number. Some restrictions apply. The hotel completed a $6 million improvement project in early 2008, and now offers free high-speed Internet access and fresh new rooms to all guests.


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