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Newsletter: Hawaii and South Pacific, 8/7/08

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Completes $28 Million Renovation

­­Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has completed a $28 million guest room renovation project to its oceanfront Kealohilani Tower. Key aspects of the 605 redesigned guest rooms and suites include wireless high-speed Internet access, a 37-inch flat-screen and high definition TV, and a granite-top television console with a wood-framed headboard that includes adjustable reading lights and remote jack packs to easily connect digital technology to the TV. New features also include a coral fabric-covered bed bench, ergonomic desk task chair, and patio chaise lounge, chair and table on private lanai, and Marriott’s “Revive” bed and linen collection.

Green initiatives include retrofitting rooms with water saving components, and tinted windows in all guest rooms and public space to help reduce the heat load as well as the demand for increased air conditioning.

Foot Doctors Say Honolulu a Top City for Walking


The ­American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) placed Honolulu in the top 10 of the best cities in the nation for walking. The APMA presented Mufi Hannemann, mayor of the city and county of Honolulu, with a special award during the APMA’s 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting, held at the Hawaii Convention Center.

“This is a great city, great island, and a great state,” said APMA’s president Ross Taubman, DPM. “Honolulu is one of the nation’s best, most walkable cities and I can honestly say that I’ve been doing a lot of walking and enjoying it tremendously since I arrived.”

Honolulu was ranked seventh in the study that was compiled by the APMA and Prevention magazine. This year’s study was the biggest ever, with nearly 500 cities from across the country judged on more than 13 walking-conducive criteria.

Fiji’s First Residential Spa Opens at Shangri-La Fijian

The newest CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, has opened at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa as the islands’ first spa village with overnight accommodations. CHI, The Spa draws its inspiration from the origin of the “Shangri-La” legend high in the mystical Himalayan mountains, offering a range of therapies based on the ancient healing traditions, philosophies and rituals of China and the Himalayas. The spa’s design, décor and treatment menu reflect the islands’ culture and customs in a location that takes full advantage of the tropical setting. One-third of the spa menu is comprised of treatments using age-old Fijian remedies, ingredients and techniques.


In the June 27 newsletter we incorrectly stated that the theatrical production Waikiki nei is a Cirque du Soleil production, and that the rooftop opens to display surfers suspended overhead. Waikiki nei is not affiliated with Cirque du Soleil, and the performers are suspended from equipment on the venues ceiling, not from an opening in the roof. Visit

Featured Attraction: has a new guided bicycle adventure to observe Kilauea's flow where it enters the ocean. The tour has ocean views along the route and includes dinner in Kalapana. The company’s Kilauea Volcano Active Lava Flow Adventure - “Bike to Pele” includes all equipment and is priced at $135. Visit

Event to Remember: Hilo Bay Wayfinding Navigation


­The first Hilo Bay Wayfinding Navigation Festival is scheduled for October 7-12 on the island of Hawaii at the Imiloa Astronomy Center. The event offers tourists and residents an opportunity to learn about Hawaiian navigation using the stars.  This festival was created to educate and inspire the next generation of navigators, providing participants with a new understanding of and appreciation for Hawaiian wayfinding. Visit ­

Free Nights in Fiji

The Vomo Resort recently announced the extension of its very popular stay-pay deals; now valid until March 31, 2009, with blackout dates from December 22, 2008 through January 9, 2009. Stay seven nights and pay for five using booking code “S7P5-09” or stay five nights and pay for four using booking code “S5P4-09.” Both deals are valid in the Hillside and Beachfront Villa categories. All guests booking this deal will receive a welcome cocktail, a personal welcome by the Vomo Serenaders and management, personal escort to the villa, all gourmet meals daily, non-alcoholic beverages with meals, free non-motorized activities, two Vomo sulus, a complimentary bottle of wine and a complimentary fruit plate. For more information contact James McCann (604-938-9650; [email protected]).

Fourth Night Free on Maui

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa on Maui is offering a offers fall "Fourth Night Free" promotion, available September 1 through December 18. Guests receive a complimentary fourth night for every three consecutive nights booked. The special pricing is based on best available rates for all room categories. During the promotional period, best rates start at $395 per night. So with a free fourth night’s stay, the average cost per night could come down to $296.

Discover Hana & Receive a Free Night


Enjoy the ­­Discover Hana Promotion and get a fourth night free plus full American breakfast for two when you stay three nights. Choose among Ocean View, Deluxe Ocean View, Deluxe Ocean View with hot tub, or Ocean front One Bedroom Suite with hot tub. All guests receive a fresh flower lei greeting and tropical fruit drink on arrival, complimentary daily yoga, bicycles, tennis, fitness center, cultural activities and private hotel facilities at Hamoa Beach.

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