Think Pink In Hawaii

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but one hotel is getting a jump-start on the festivities. The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, located on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu (the resort is situated in Honolulu on the edge of world-famous Waikiki Beach) wants you to think (and travel) pink.

The resort is offering a room package and special dining menus that include a contribution to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization created to help fight breast cancer.

The “Travel Pink” deal includes special room rates, which begin at $178 per night, with a three-night minimum stay, plus tax for stays from September 1- December 20, 2007.

In addition, since studies show that women who engage in regular physical activity have an approximately 20 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to inactive women, the Hilton is offering a free gift to guests that encourages a more active lifestyle. Upon check-in hotel guests will receive a black sports bag emblazoned with a pink breast cancer ribbon. Inside the bag guests will find: A pop-open lid polycarbonate sports bottle; a workout towel; a floral pink breast cancer cloisonné pin; a “Support Breast Cancer Research” bracelet; bath salts and oatmeal soap; a $20 discount coupon on spa treatments at the hotel’s spa; a Tori Richard $25 gift certificate good for regular-price merchandise ($100 or more) at Tori Richard stores in Hawaii; and a gift certificate for a 20% discount at the resort’s Rainbow Lanai Restaurant. All tolled, the bag and its contents are valued at $75.

The resort’s restaurants are also getting their diners to think pink. Part of the proceeds raised by the following menu specials will be donated to breast cancer awareness programs.

At Bali by the Sea, a five-course “Dinner of Champions” tasting menu will be available for $62 per person, with an entree of herb-crusted rack of lamb. The menu can be paired with three wines in 2-ounce pours for an additional $25. In addition, the Golden Dragon Restaurant is offering a “Prosperity Dinner” for $50. And at the Village Steak & Seafood Restaurant, a “Celebration Dinner Menu” has been designed especially to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The menu includes a three-course meal, which features unlimited trips to an antipasto salad bar; entrée choice of sautéed mahimahi with tropical salsa and chardonnay cream sauce, or black angus prime rib of beef with a choice of baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes or steak fries with seasonal vegetables. The dessert is a pink tribute of strawberry yogurt mousse cake with fresh berries. This menu costs $50 per person.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.