Preview Hawaii Partner, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, "Celebrates 50 Years of Gracious Hospitality" and Honors Their Namesake, Hawaiian Princess Kaiulani

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Preview Hawaii is the premiere online resource for planning travel and events to the Hawaiian Islands. The siteÂ?s streaming video database of hotels, activities and more provides users with an unmatched experience in planning their Hawaii vacation online.

Preview Hawaii is the premiere online resource for planning travel and events to the Hawaiian Islands. The site's streaming video database of hotels, activities and more provides users with an unmatched experience in planning their Hawaii vacation online. For those planning a destination wedding in Hawaii, a Hawaii vacation package or a Hawaii honeymoon, Preview Hawaii is the most comprehensive resource available on the web.

One of Preview Hawaii's premiere resort partners, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, is celebrating 50 years of hospitality this year. The hotel was built in June of 1955; on the location of Ainahau Estate - once home to Hawaii's beloved Princess Kaiulani. In tribute to this storied princess, the resort is offering a fabulous value packed package for visitors this year. The yearlong celebratory Hawaii vacation package will include:

•    With a four night minimum stay, the fourth night is only $50.00

•    Receive a commemorative historical Princess Ka'iulani book

•    50th anniversary keepsake gift

•    Dinner show for two at the on-property "Creation-A Polynesian Journey"

This great Hawaii vacation package in Waikiki is offered for all rack rated booking that are partial ocean view category and above. Room rates start at $315.00 per night. To learn more about the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, visit their listing on Preview Hawaii at:

http://previewhawaii.com

The hotel will celebrate their actual 50th anniversary on the day of their opening, June 11, 2005. This celebration in Waikiki, Hawaii will include a Time Capsule Ceremony, cake cutting and an Aloha Festivals Court appearance. The annual free hula festival, which honors Princess Kaiulani, will be from 10/9-10/15, 2005. Throughout this week, the hotel will offer complimentary hula lessons, fresh flower lei making, ukulele lessons and cooking demonstrations. The climax of the weeklong celebration is its signature hula event, the Princess Kaiulani Keiki Hula Festival in the Ainahau Showroom. This popular festival showcases performances by keiki (children) ages 5 to 12 years old from local halau (hula schools) on the island of Oahu. This non-competitive hula festival is open to everyone- visitors and locals alike, and admission is free.

The beautiful Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is a 1,152 room resort that is in an area that was once known the Ainahau Estate. This 10-acre property was an oasis with lush gardens, ponds and an elegant Victorian style home. Princess Kaiulani’s father, Archibald Cleghorn, Governor of Oahu and renowned botanist, planted many varieties of trees and flowers and built Japanese bridges over lily ponds. The beautiful gardens were a sanctuary for the young princess, where she enjoyed riding her pony and feeding the 50 or so peacocks that roamed the estate.

As the daughter of Cleghorn and Princess Miriam Likelike, Princess Kaiulani was the only child born to the Kalakaua dynasty. She was the Heiress Apparent to the Hawaiian throne, at her birth occupied by her uncle, King David Kalakaua. Hawaiians rejoiced in celebration of her birth in 1875 and the newborn was given the full name of Princess Victoria Kaiulani, Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiu I Lunalilo. All knew her as Kaiulani, which meant “royal sacred one.” She was educated in Europe, and spoke Hawaiian, English, French and German. The gracious princess returned to her monarchy from her studies abroad to find her monarchy in turmoil, and was later overthrown as Hawaii became annexed to the United States. Sadly, the princess died at the young age of 23, due to chronic illness and some say a broken heart over the collapse of her kingdom. Princess Kaiulani’s legacy lives on and the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani was given its name in honor of Hawaii’s most beloved monarch.

Preview Hawaii is the most comprehensive resource for planning travel to Hawaii on the web. With information on every major island, the site is committed to featuring unique companies and properties throughout the islands, especially those who have made a commitment to retaining the cultural and environmental heritage of the beautiful islands of Hawaii. To contact Preview Hawaii, please visit our website at: http://www.previewhawaii.com.

Contact:

Carrie Riley

Director of Travel Services

Preview Hawaii

http://www.previewhawaii.com
phone: 808-823-1133

email: info@previewhawaii.com

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