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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, March 28, 2010


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Anglers from around the world will be in Kona Aug. 2-6 for the billfish tournament.

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BILLFISH TOURNAMENT: The 51st Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament invites anglers from around the world for a week of deep-sea fishing this summer.

Teams fish the Kona Coast for five days in search of a Pacific blue marlin and a chance to capture the HIBT's Governor's trophy.

The tournament Aug. 2-6 kicks off with the opening day parade, opening ceremonies and the meet-the-teams party with culinary fare by top Island chefs. Science Night discusses the habits of Pacific blue marlin and work being done to sustain pelagic fish from the expert scientists of NOAA.

Family traveling to Kona with anglers enjoy shopping and activities throughout the week.

Teams include anglers from California, Hawaii, Florida, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The 2010 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament team registration continues through June 2010.

Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament registration forms, IGFA world-record rules, and a look at last year's tournament winners are at www.hibtfishing.com.

SPECIAL GAY CRUISE: RSVP Vacations, the company that created the gay and lesbian cruise concept, is commemorating its 25th birthday with a Silver Anniversary Cruise in Hawaii. RSVP Vacations said it will be the company's first cruise in the Islands.

The seven-day cruise aboard NCL's Pride of America departs Honolulu Oct. 30. It makes calls at Maui, Kaua'i and the Big Island before returning to Honolulu Nov. 6. The Minneapolis-based company hosted its first all-gay cruise in 1986. Since then, RSVP says more than 80,000 men and women have participated in its ship and riverboat cruises, land tours and resort vacations. www.rsvpvacations.com

AT HAWAII PRINCE: The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a "Taste the Memories" gala showcasing cuisine from five top Hawaii chefs including Gary Strehl and Alan Wong. Entertainment is by Ma[0xad]nao Trio. Proceeds will benefit Easter Seals Hawaii. VIP sponsor tables range from $1,500 to $5,000 (for a table of 10) or $150 per person. "Taste the Memories" is April 20; for gala information and tickets, contact Easter Seals Hawaii at 529-1706 or events@eastersealshawaii.org.

• The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club is offering kamašina a special anniversary room and dining promotion with rates starting at $120 per night for an oceanfront marina room, a 20 percent food discount at select restaurants and 50 percent discount on self-parking. For bookings made through May 31 with travel completed by Dec. 22. 952-4748.

• The Hawaii Prince Golf Club is offering a special $20 golf rate through May 31 for a kamašina companion golfer when the first golfer reserves a standard kamašina rate ($52 weekdays, $65 weekends). This special does not apply to Early Bird, Senior, Club Play, Twilight or any other discounted rate. 944-4567, www.princeresortshawaii.com.

APRIL IN HAWAI'I: Family and friends on the West Coast can check out Pleasant Holidays' Hawaii April travel promotion with prices starting at $369 per person for a three-night hotel stay in WaikŪkŪ. The promotion also includes three-night stays to Maui from $399, to Kauai from $539 and to the Big Island from $573. Getaways include roundtrip air from Los Angeles or San Francisco, three nights' hotel accommodations, hotel taxes and more. Rates are per person, based on double occupancy and valid for select travel dates through May 9. www.pleasantholidays.com.

SUNRISE YOGA ON MAUI: Hotel Wailea Maui's "Sunrise Yoga on the Beach" lets participants gaze toward Kahoolawe and Molokini while taking daily yoga classes from Maui instructors. The package includes five nights in an ocean view suite, daily private yoga sessions for five days on one of Maui's most pristine beaches, water and towels during each session.

Sunrise Yoga on the Beach is $795 per person, based on double occupancy. Additional room nights and sessions available on request. yogi@hotelwailea.com.