Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii is offering packages and family activities at its resorts and hotels throughout the islands. Here's the latest:
The St. Regis Princeville’s Chef de Cuisine Colin Hazama was honored as one of 26 semi-finalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation “Rising Star Chef of the Year” award. As the resort’s signature restaurant, Kauai Grill uses ingredients indigenous to the islands while adapting recipes and culinary techniques to showcase his unique approach.
Sheraton Waikiki’s Kai Market is offering an authentic Paniolo BBQ. Guests can enjoy the live entertainment and delicious cuisine like alae salt-crusted prime rib, short ribs and peel-and-eat North Shore shrimp. The Paniolo BBQ will be offered every Sunday and Thursday from July 18 through August 31 at $45 per adult; children 12 and under eat free.
The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, is the only hotel in Waikiki to offer a Concierge App fit for an iPhone or iTouch through the Apple iTunes App Store. Features available through this app include room reservations, room service, floral arrangements, spa items and other hotel amenities, as well as a map feature that always shows a guest's destination in relation to the hotel. A complimentary iTouch will also be included with a guest reservation at the Moana Private Beach Chair area, which will include the Concierge App along with music and podcasts.
The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa recently completed the addition of the [email protected], a connectivity hub for guests to connect to the Internet, catch up on the latest news, enjoy a snack and relax. The [email protected] is located in the Reef’s Edge Lounge and houses five computers, additional Ethernet cables, flat screen TVs, a printer, and more.
The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas has a variety of family activities. Guests can learn to hula, make a fresh flower lei or stargaze on the ocean lawn. The resort’s Westin Destination program offers more family-bonding fun with activities such as “sunset s’mores”; “movie night picnic”; “Hawaiian campfire story telling”; “koi fish feeding frenzy; and “aloha craft fair.” Moms and daughters can enjoy a joint pedicure session at the resort’s Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin. Grownups can enjoy wine tastings on “Wine Down Wednesday” and a taste of the Orient with sake and sushi sampling on “Sake & Sushi Tuesdays” at Pulehu, An Italian Grill.
The resort is also offering a Sunsational Savings Plus package stay which includes guaranteed double upgrade from a studio to a one-bedroom villa, every third night free (minimum of three nights’ stay) and daily breakfast for two. For more information, call 866-716-8112 or book online at www.westinkaanapali.com (rate code SUNPLUS).
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Ka'anapali Beach received the 2010 AAA Four Diamond Award—its second in a row. Bell desk supervisor, Sheldon Masuda, received the Bell/Valet Person of the Year (Hawaii State) by Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association earlier this year.
The hotel is also offering a Ka‘apena package for wedding vacations. The package includes a gentleman’s facial and neck/back/shoulder massage for the groom while the bride enjoys bridal make-up and up-do on the wedding day. Both can enjoy a couple’s body wrap and massage the following day.
The members of Halau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa’s adopted halau (hula group), will present the 5th Annual “Mama, my Mama, I Love You” Mother's Day celebration on Saturday, May 8, at 5:00 p.m. in the Sheraton Keauhou Bay’s Keauhou Convention Center Ballroom. Entertainment will feature the Halau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu led by Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Kenneth “Aloha” Victor along with Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning performers Weldon Kekauoha, Lorna Lim, Napua Greig, Natalie Ai Kamauu and special surprise guests. Tickets are $40 per person and include live entertainment and a silent auction. Hawaiian food plates and beverages will be available for sale throughout the evening. For reservations and information, call 808-322-6141 or 808-989-4616. Funds raised will help underwrite expenses for the keiki (children) of Halau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu to participate in the Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition on O‘ahu, the “Junior Olympics of Hula.”