R&R Island

Traditional healing systems of Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti are used in many island spas.

By: Marty Wentzel

By Marty Wentzel The opening of Halekulani’s new spa, an updated Outrigger Web site, family programs and a new hula exhibit highlight what’s new on the Islands this week: Called SpaHalekulani, the facility incorporates healing traditions of Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti. A full range of massages, body and facial therapies, and hair and nail care services are available. Its three signature experiences are called Elegant Passage (massage, steam shower and facial for $390), Grand Voyage (massage, facial, manicure and pedicure for $490) and Heavenly Journey (deluxe body treatment, massage and facial for $640). Halekulani is promoting a four-night spa package through Dec. 25 that comes with two spa experiences, spa amenities and daily breakfast. Rates range from $1,975 (ocean view) to $2,300 (Diamond Head ocean front). Other refurbishments at Halekulani include upgrades to guest rooms and an expanded business center, hospitality suite, fitness room and ballroom. 800-367-2343 or www. halekulani.com. Outrigger Hotels & Resorts and its sister chain, Ohana Hotels & Resorts, have launched new Web sites addressing all aspects of planning a vacation to Hawaii. Highlights of the new sites include a search feature allowing visitors to save rates and property information in a personal vacation folder for later viewing. A new map offers the user macro views of island destinations and micro views of streets and property locations. Site users can chat on-line with an Outrigger reservation agent to get immediate help with property or rate information, and meeting and incentives planners can check on room layouts, catering menus and group venues. Consumers can search for and contact an Outrigger Specialist travel agent in their neighborhood on the site; and an entire section is devoted to providing agents with information and tools to help sell Outrigger and Ohana properties. 800-688-7444; www.out rigger.com, www.ohanahotels .com. Guests get laser-tag passes, a welcome amenity and use of a rental car when they book a family package at the 783-room Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel. The package provides accommodations featuring an in-room kitchen with stove, microwave, refrigerator, sink and coffee maker. Families are greeted with a basket of soft drinks, bananas, eggs, a loaf of bread, sandwich condiments, coffee, tea and dishwashing liquid. Families also get four passes to the hotel’s Ultrazone, a 4,000-square-foot arena for laser tag games located on the lobby level. Games usually cost $10 per person. Rates for family packages start at $770 for three nights. 800-245-4524 or www. ilikaihotel.com. Bishop Museum’s newest exhibit focuses on the ancient art form of hula by presenting rare artifacts, documents, films, recordings and images. Running through June 1, the exhibit, called Hula, Dance of Poetry, honors legendary hula masters, and it shows how hula corresponds to island nature, religion and relationships.