Travel Briefs

By Star-Bulletin Staff


2 for 1 at Marc Resorts

Marc Resorts Hawaii has introduced "Simply Paradise" for its kama'aina guests, with a "2 for 1" promotion at all of its properties statewide.

Through Sept. 30, Hawaii residents who book two nights will get the second free in order to give the local industry a boost by making travel simple and fun. Restrictions apply and guests must show a state or military ID. Marc Resorts Hawaii manages 15 properties on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Kauai and the Big Island, from intimate hotels to full-service, luxury condominiums.

Call 1-800-535-0085 or go online at

Royal feast on Big Isle

As part of the Aloha Festivals on the Big Island, the Outrigger Waikoloa Beach will be hosting a Royal Luau on Sept. 25.

A traditional luau of Hawaiian foods and American favorites, from salads to tempting desserts, will be served by torch light at 'Anaeho'omalu Bay, beginning at 5 p.m.

Following dinner, there will be performances of songs and dances of Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa. The cost is $65 per adult, $33 for ages 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and under.

Reservations can be made by calling (808) 886-6789 Ext. 10.

Festival for a queen

Mark your calendar for the third annual "He Halia Aloha o Lili'uokalani -- Queen Lili'uokalani Birthday Celebration" Sept. 28 and 29 in Hilo.

"Haku Mele 2002," a conference for music industry professionals, takes place on Sept. 28. Call the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board at (808) 966-5416 to register, at $75 tomorrow, and $100 afterward.

A free festival on the 29th will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lili'uokalani Park. The Makaha Sons and Robi Kahakalau will headline the event, which will include taiko, ukulele and bon dance performances, pa'u draping and pahu drum-making demonstrations and up to 450 dancers performing "Eia No Kawika" and "Aloha Week Hula."

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