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Yes, Mermaids do exist! Jan 20
Maui Mermaids

Maui Mermaids

Yes, mermaids do exist! Well at least on Maui you have the opportunity to be one and swim in the beautiful blue of the Pacific. I always encourage my clients to get away from their resort and explore the island they are visiting, and from personal experience it is always so much better when you go with a private tour provider, especially for ocean sports.  Hawaii Mermaid Adventures empower humans to transform into mermaids and explore the beautiful blue of the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii Mermaid Adventures is committed to providing the fun experience of a lifetime while protecting the ocean by  supporting the Hawaii Ecotourism Association

Unique Honeymoon Photo

Unique Honeymoon Photo

Strapping on mermaid tails is a fun way to create lifetime memories during your vacation on Maui, all swim instructors are certified lifeguards with years of experience to make sure that all Mermaids stay safe. Your mermaid experience is completed by underwater photos of you swimming with those in your party .I highly encourage you to check out their website and get to know the company, and as their website says “Release Your Inner Mermaid”.  Feel free to reach out to begin planning your mermaid adventure via  email   contact@hawaiimermaidadventures.com  or give them a call (808) 495-8919 , Maui Mermaids is located  27-D Halekuai St, Kihei,HI 96753.

Check out this fun video !

To get started planning your trip to Maui contact Linda Dancer  Maui Master Destination Specialist  Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Direct Line 931-337-0770  or  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

** Photo Credits Hawaii Mermaid Adventures **

 

 

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International Market Place- Dec 09

Since 1957 visitors to Waikiki Beach have enjoyed shopping and dining in the International Market Place-the center of Waikiki Beach on Kalakaua Ave.- and today the new and improved version continues to welcome visitors with lots of new shops and dining options. Visitors can learn about the original International Market Place and its cultural significance by reading the plaques found throughout the marketplace.

Open Air Lanais

Open Air Lanais

Although there are many great new things to explore within the market, repeat guest will be glad to know that the huge Indian Banyan Tree (planted circa 1950) continues to offer shade and grace. New to the improved Marketplace visitors will find an inviting open-air design, featuring a fire tower, a 3-story water wall and an interactive entertainment stage and a strong “Hawaiian sense of place”.

Shopping in the International Market Place Includes:

  • Crazy Shirts
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Michael Kors
  • Fabletics
  • Intermix

Dining includes:

  • Kona Grill
  • Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi
  • Stripsteak
  • Third level, open-air Grand Lanai offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience not found anywhere else in Hawaii

** Many more options to open soon

*** Daily Hours  10:00am – 10:00pm

** photo courtesy of the International Market Place

Or check their website for all the shops and dining options now open in the International Market Place

For assistance in booking your trip to O’ahu contact Hawaii Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer  with Honeymoons, Inc.

Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com  Direct Line 931-337-0770 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Updates at Maui’s Royal Lahaina Resort Nov 11

Great news for fans of the Royal Lahaina Resort – the charming beach cottages have just completed renovation and look amazing. Situated amidst tropical gardens along the oceanfront lawn these one and two story cottage buildings are perfect for families or destination wedding groups. Guests have a home away from home feel but yet all the amenities of a full service resort.

Cottage Room & Studio Features Include:

  • Daily made service
  • Private Lanai
  • one king bed or two doubles in cottage rooms
  • plush bedding and 330 thread count Egyptian Cotton Linens
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini Fridge in  Cottage Rooms / Kitchenette in Studios
  • Coffee Maker  with complimentary of Coffee & Tea
  • In Room Electronic Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron &  Ironing Board
  • Sound System with MP3 Player Ports

Royal Lahaina Resort Guest Services Include:

  • Oceanfront on Kaanapali Beach
  • Three Swimming Pools (two oceanfront)  and two Hot Tubs (one oceanfront)
  • Nightly Live Hawaiian Entertainment
  • Oceanfront Signature Restaurant
  • Two Bars
  • Cultural Activities
  • Tennis Ranch with 11 lighted tennis courts
  • Concierge
  • Wedding Services & Coordinators
  • So much more is offered than I have room to include in one blog post

To get started planning your Maui  Honeymoon, Destination Wedding or Milestone Wedding Anniversary at the Royal Lahaina Resort contact Maui Master Specialist  Linda Dancer

Direct Line 931-337-0770  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   Email   Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Celebrates 46 Years Nov 04

Coffee Cherry

The Kona Coffee Festival  is celebrating its 46th anniversary making it Hawaii’s oldest food festival. The celebration lasts for 10 days of annual fan favorites and new exciting events promoting and perpetuating the culture, heritage, artistry and rich history behind Kona’s nearly 200 year old world famous cup of coffee. This years  celebration runs from Friday November 4th – Sunday November 13th 2016. Check the website above for the updated schedule of events for the festival and set your calendar accordingly.

Also check out my blog post on Kona Coffee for one of my favorite Kona Coffee farm tours.

For more information on Hawaii Island, contact Linda Dancer  Hawaii Master Destination Specialist   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or Direct Line 931-337-0770

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Restaurant Week Wailea Oct 28

Mark your calendar now if you are lucky enough to be on Maui  Nov 6-12th 2016 !   A celebration of Wailea’s finest cuisine will take place at 20 participating resort restaurants throughout Wailea. Each participating resort restaurant has agreed to make a contribution to the Maui Food Bank for every pre-fixe entree sold during Restaurant Week.

DUO Steak and Seafood at Four Seasons Wailea

DUO Steak and Seafood at Four Seasons Wailea

Wailea Resort community has long been known for award winning culinary talent, celebrity chefs and award winning restaurants so hosting restaurant week is just a natural  way for the community to give back. Chefs have created  fabulous three course, pre-fixe menus for just 29, $39 or $49 per person (depending upon the restaurant) beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in this price. Some restaurants enhance this promotion by also creating wine pairings to enjoy with your meal at special pricing.

No tickets, passes or coupons are needed- just make your reservations and enjoy and know that you are helping to raise money for a great cause.  Check out the the participating list of restaurants on the Wailea Resort Association website and make your reservations with Open Table – also view sample menu as well.

For more information on Maui  contact Linda Dancer – Maui Master Destination Specialist   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or Direct Line 931-337-0770

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Pearl Harbor- Commemorating 75 Years Jun 18
Arizona Memorial

Arizona Memorial

Many Americans are not even aware that 2016 marks the milestone 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and that currently there are only five Pearl Harbor survivors living today. In honor of this milestone anniversary Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige established a 75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor Committee, composed of government and military officials and Hawaii business leaders to design events with global outreach.

As a proud military mom I feel a responsibility to show respect to the five remaining survivors and to the entire United States Military who lost so many brave souls that fateful day. For the first time these special anniversary events will extend beyond Pearl Harbor’s historical sites to Waikiki, the National Cemetery of the Pacific and the Aloha Stadium. In Waikiki, military-themed movies will be shown on Waikiki Beach, beachfront and under the stars, ticketed Gala events and a concert at Aloha Stadium.

Even if you are not able to travel to the island of O’ahu this year to celebrate in person, there are many ways you can support the survivors by visiting the official website  www.pearlharbor75.com and if you are active on social media platforms be sure and use the hashtag #pearlharbor75  as you share family stories of those that served during that time.The 11-day schedule of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day events will be added overtime, updates to schedules and other important information will be updated on that official site. Many of these special events will have capacity control restrictions so the time to book your trip to attend these special events is now before everything is sold out. Also be advised that many of the events will be simulcast globally by satellite for those that cannot attend in person.

I would like to give a personal shout out to the marching bands in four Burke County High Schools :

that have come together to participate in the celebration-the band directors, students, parents and community coming together to help each student raise the approximate $2500 per student travel expenses for this once in a lifetime experience. (An additional shout out to East Burke’s band for also traveling to Normandy to take part in the 70th commemoration of D-Day) which fits into the vision of the Burke County Public School System “vision of inspiring students to be life-long learners who can compete successfully on the global stage”- according to BCPS Superintendent Larry Putnam. You can also check out their Facebook Page  EBHS Bands to 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor ** All students and chaperones are expected to cover their own travel expenses, so many fundraisers have been held and BCPS has created an account for contributions from the community – all donations sent directly to BCPS will be divided among the four schools to help defer the cost of the trip.

Join into the celebration theme of “Honoring the Past,Inspiring the Future” in anyway that you can !

To get started booking your trip to O’ahu contact Linda Dancer  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   or  email   linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

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Holo Holo Charters Feb 26

Regardless of the Hawaiian Islands that you choose to visit you really must get out and explore the island. If you are visiting the island of Kaua’i you must take a boat tour of the Napali Coast and I suggest you book your boat tour with Holo Holo Charters.

Kevin &  Marcie Millett

Kevin & Marcie Millett

Holo Holo was founded in 1997 by Kevin and Marcie Millet with a simple idea – to build amazing high speed boats that could handle Kauai’s challenging ocean conditions and share the amazing natural beauty along the Napali Coast and the forbidden island of Niihau with visitors. Recognized as one of Hawaii’s premier multi-hull designer boat builders, Kevin Millet used his skills to design and build custom performance catamarans operated by Holo Holo Charters and together with his wife Marcie and an exceptional staff, passengers are treated to a first-class vacation experience.

Kauai Boat Building

Kauai Boat Building

The fleet includes : Holo Holo a 65′ Power Catamaran, Leila a sleek sailing catamaran, Adventurer II and III rigid inflatables (not to be confused with a zodiac rubber raft) for a superfast thrilling experience. Set sail on Holo Holo for Niihau and Napali Super Tour or Napali Sunset Sightsee, or choose Leila and enjoy a beautiful morning sail along Napali Coast,  or if you seek a thrilling experience then choose the super fast Adventurer II or III for a Napali Snorkel Adventure. **boat tours include food and beverage along with snorkel gear – learn more about the individual tours on their website to choose best option for you.

              Napali Coastline

Napali Coastline

To book your visit to Kaua’i contact Kauai Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer Direct Line 828-256-1520 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

 Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Mele Kalikimaka Dec 25
         Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all my readers and loyal clients Merry Christmas today- and as they say in the Hawaiian Islands Mele Kalikimaka !

Linda Dancer – Hawaiian Islands Master Agent

Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

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Let’s go Upcountry Maui Dec 11

Going Upcountry Maui is as much a state of mind as it is an area of Maui, starting at Pukalani, climbing the slopes of magnificent Haleakala to the communities of Makawao, Kula, Keokea and Ulupalakua.

Wind thru green pastures

Wind thru green pastures

Rural Makawao welcomes visitors with hitching posts fronting the boutiques, restaurants and art galleries that are part of the eclectic personality of the area. Voted one of the top 25 arts-related travel destinations in the country, Makawao is the home of the Hui No’eau visual arts center. The center housed in a plantation-era estate home treats visitors to ongoing classes and exhibitions. If you happen to be visiting Maui over the Fourth of July weekend be sure and make time for the Makawao Rodeo, and take in the Paniolo(Hawaiian cowboy) spirit found here.

The farming community of Kula is best known as the home of some of the island’s freshest produce, especially the delicious Kula onion which is incorporated into most local dishes served on the island. Allow time to see the beautiful protea flowers and aromatic lavender at Ali’i Kula Lavender , just beyond Kula you will find the 20,000 acre Ulupalakua Ranch and Tedeschi Winery and Surfing Goat Dairy.

Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm

Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

Ho’okipa Beach Park  attracts pro windsurfers and kite surfers in the winter months when conditions are roughest. Waves on the north shore are huge and make it the perfect place to watch these professionals perform but please heed all posted safety signs if visiting during the winter months. In the summer months this stretch of shoreline is the perfect place to swim and sunbathe or just relax in the sun.

    Ho'okipa Beach Park

Ho’okipa Beach Park

Pa’ia is the perfect place to shop for the perfect gift for friends and family amongst colorful, plantation-era storefronts and boutiques. Shop for surf gear and locally produced art, jewelry and clothing have lunch at one of the ethnic eateries in town or just a short drive to Mama’s Fish House.

If you plan on driving the Road to Hana, you will travel through Upcountry so take time to enjoy the view and enjoy the Upcountry experience. If you have the time there are several lovely bed and breakfast as well as small inns for visitors to stay Upcountry as well.

Planning on visiting Maui– contact Linda Dancer to get started  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   Direct Line 828-256-1520  Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Table 53- You Dine-They Donate! Dec 04

Rum Fire Poipu Beach at Sheraton Kaua’i is known for its vast selection of rum but did you know that it also has a special table that today has raised over $115,000 for local Kaua’i Charities since the program’s inception in October 2012.

           Table 53

Table 53

Table 53 faces the beautifully landscaped Ocean Courtyard with romantic fire pits and features private booth seating for four guests and is perfect for viewing Kauai’s lovely sunsets.

Patrons participateby reserving Table 53 by calling 808-742-4786 on a first come, first served basis. All net food and beverage proceeds are donated to Wilcox Health Foundation, gratuity

will be paid to the server and taxes remitted to the State of Hawaii. Patrons not only will have an incredible meal at Rum Fire Poipu Beach but also the good feeling of making a difference.

To get started booking your visit to Kaua’i contact Linda Dancer – Hawaii Master Destination Specialist   Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or  Direct Line 828-256-1520

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