March 7, 1999 |
Near the golf courses, shopping malls and hotels of Kaanapali and Wailea, the two prime resorts on Maui's sunny western coast, there are places in-between, not so sprawling, pricey or perfectly arranged. Convention-goers and package vacationers who favor the big resorts pass by enclaves like Napili (north of Kaanapali) and Maalaea (at the head of Maalaea Bay) in a blink, briefly wondering what they're like.
August 23, 1998 |
God's in his heaven--somewhere over my left shoulder, I think, hidden by the mist on Mt. Hualalai. And here, in Holualoa town on Hawaii's Big Island, the first stop on my day in Kona Coffee Country, all's right with the world. A Beethoven piano concerto plays indoors at the Holuakoa Cafe, where owner Meggi Worbach is chatting with some regulars.
December 12, 1996 |
After more than a decade of political wrangling, this "sun and fun" tourist mecca is finally getting serious about wooing business travelers, by building its own convention center. But the question hanging over the four-story, pitched-roof structure now taking shape at the entrance to Waikiki is whether Hawaii's belated entry can succeed in the high-stakes meetings business. Honolulu may be the last major destination in the United States to build a full-fledged convention facility.
September 14, 1996 |
The Hawaiian vacation plans of thousands of consumers--most of them Californians--have been disrupted or canceled because of the grounding of a Miami-based charter airline. SunTrips Inc. of San Jose said Friday that it has been forced to cancel all of its trips to Hawaii beginning Oct. 1 because the vacation packager has not been able to find an airline to replace its regular carrier, Rich International Airways, which was grounded Sept. 2 by the Federal Aviation Administration.
September 25, 1995 |
The last time Makoto Fukumoto tried to do some shopping here, the Home Outlet discount store was closed. So Fukumoto and his new bride, Natsuko, came back. From Osaka, Japan. The 32-year-old Japanese banker said the low prices at Waikele Center, Hawaii's first discount mall, and the chance to spend a few hours at the beach were reason enough to travel 4,000 miles just four short months after he and his wife came here to get married.
November 1, 1994 |
If tourism is any indicator, Ventura County is staging a modest economic comeback, while Southern California and the nation as a whole are doing considerably better than that. Travel executives at the county's hotels and resorts report revenue gains of 5% to 10% over 1993. Encouraging as that may be for innkeepers, it pales in comparison to what's happening at Westlake Village-based Pleasant Travel Service.
August 2, 1994 |
The recession is but a fading memory as far as Westlake Village-based Pleasant Travel Service is concerned. Thus far this year, sales of the firm's Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays tour packages have increased at least 40% over the same period last year, spokesman Ken Phillips reports. "Our business has improved dramatically in all parts of the country, but the most significant turnaround of all has been in Southern California, which is our No. 1 market," he said.
March 28, 1994 |
Passengers clad in short-sleeve shirts, shorts and thongs pressed their faces to the portholes of the submarine as it glided 100 feet beneath the surface. What they saw was a reef swarming with marine species. Moray eels skimmed over the deck of a sunken ship and peered from cubbyholes stern to prow.
August 3, 1993 |
Not far off the coast of Waikiki, where thousands would splash in the surf the next day, a series of meat hooks baited with freshly killed tuna dangled beneath the night sea. Hawaii had reluctantly embarked on another shark hunt, hoping to catch nothing and put an end to persistent claims--mostly from surfers--that tiger sharks had become a menace off the heavily populated south shore of Oahu.