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Archive for the ‘Hawaii’ Category

Another Milestone for Hawai’i’s Fishes

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

To some, it may have been an insignificant change—one that may have even gone largely unnoticed. Last month, The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui freed the inhabitants—sickly yellow tang—of the 800-gallon saltwater aquarium fish tank that sits outside of Nick’s Fishmarket. Today, the tank is filled with freshwater—along with a new gaggle of freshwater-friendly (and arguably healthier-looking) denizens.

On the afternoon of Friday, June 10, dozens of marine and reef advocates, visitor industry leaders and representatives from the County of Maui arrived at the Wailea hotel to recognize another milestone for Hawai‘i’s fishes. Maui’s Snorkel Bob Foundation and its president and founder, Robert Wintner, sponsored the event in order “to celebrate another giant step forward in the South Maui reef community.”

The Snorkel Bob Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was spearheaded by Wintner and other ocean enthusiasts to focus on reef recovery, recognizing the global impacts of any problems on any reef … Read the rest

Makena Beach & Golf Resort Marks 25th Anniversary with Beautification Project

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Makena Beach & Golf Resort

Landmark Hotels Group, managers of Makena Beach & Golf Resort on Maui, announces plans for a multi-phased multi-million dollar beautification project that will encompass all areas of the 1,800-acre, 310-room and suite resort.  The property, formerly the Maui Prince Hotel, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a commitment to restoring the gracious hospitality standards of one of Maui's most respected resort destinations.

At completion, Makena Beach & Golf Resort will offer an affordable price point not easily available in the exclusive Wailea-Makena resort area.  This includes providing improved guest experiences and better values for island visitors.

Guest Rooms and Suites

Phase One of Makena Beach & Golf Resort's rooms beautification project is already underway and includes the remodeling of all 290 guest rooms and 20 suites as well as updates to public facilities and amenities.  Expected to be completed by April 2012, plans for the spacious guest rooms include down-to-the-bare-walls makeovers, new wall-to-wall carpeting, … Read the rest

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Wins 2011 Hilo Huli Taste of Hilo People’s Choice Award

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Castle Resorts & Hotels is proud to announce Hilo Hawaiian Hotel has received yet another accolade, the Taste of Hilo People's Choice Award, this time from the Hilo Huli.

The fundraising event, held on Moku Ola, or Coconut, Island on Sunday, May 1, 2011, is held each year by the Rotary Club of South Hilo to support doctors' residency programs on Hawaii's Big Island. The hotel's entry was prepared by the property's resident Certified Executive Chef, Piet Wigmans. Wigmans prepared his "Chef's Big Island Fresh Fish Entree" consisting of sauteed walu on a bed of creamed roasted corn chowder with Waimea beefsteak tomatoes and sauteed hamakua mushrooms.

"We are extremely proud of Chef Wigmans and our staff at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, both for their creativity and the standard of excellence they work to uphold for every meal and every guest," said Alan Mattson, President and Chief Operating Officer of … Read the rest

Hawaii hotels make Tennis Resorts Online’s top 100 list

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Three Hawaii hotels are ranked on Tennis Resorts Online’s list of the “Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps for 2011.”

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island ranked seventh among the 75 resorts on the list. It also earned top rankings in three individual categories: second for “most romantic,” third for “best game matching” and third for “best setting.”

Ranking between 26th and 50th was the Kapalua Resort on Maui, and ranking between 51st and 75th was The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island. The specific rankings for both were not available.

The rankings included 75 resorts and 25 camps.

Tennis Resorts Online was founded and is edited by Roger Cox, who has been writing about tennis-related travel for more than 30 years, according to its website.… Read the rest

Waikiki hotel occupancy eases

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Hotels on Oahu, including those in the fabled Waikiki tourist district, have seen occupancy fall five percentage points in one week on lower Japan arrivals.

For the seven days to last Sunday, Oahu occupancy was 79%, down from 84% the week before and one point lower than the same time last year, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday. Average room rates were 8% higher than last year.

Kauai hotels were 59% full, Big Island 62% full, and Maui County 83% full, all higher than last year, reflecting the fact that Japanese visitor traffic is a small component on neighbor islands while U.S. mainland visitor traffic is up 15% to Maui and up 22% to the Big Island, compared to last year.

For the same period, U.S. hotel occupancy was 65%, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.… Read the rest

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