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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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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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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Nov 20

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Arriving to the Four Seasons Resort at Historic Hualalai on Hawaii Island is like returning to the gracious Hawai’i of old and following a recent revitalization this award-winning resort is even better than ever. These revitalizations include:

* The new Beach Tree restaurant and lounge- rejuvenated seaside haven, serving handcrafted cocktails, a creative new menu and nightly bonfires in Hualalai’s own outdoor living room.

* The Hualalai Spa and Sports Club has been transformed with new hales, a relaxing outdoor botanical water garden for complimentary pre-treatment rituals and all-new fitness equipment.

* The Alaka’i Nalu ocean activities program- only a three-minute walk from the Sea Shell Pool on Kahuwai Bay, where guests enjoy snorkeling, paddling and swimming at one of Hawai’i’s best beaches

*New Four Seasons Suites – the essence of Hawaiian design reinterpreted in 20 new ocean-view suites with expansive indoor/outdoor living rooms with dramatic views of the Pacific

* Retail expansion– resort retail with Seaside Beach featuring renowned designers and Seaside Luxe a fusion of high-fashion and home linens.

 

Of course this resort is already know for fabulous pools – including Palm Grove Pool for adults only and King’s Pond-a natural aquarium in the lava, a beautiful beach, Pahu i’a Restaurant continues to gain accolades, a world class spa and championship golf.

To get started planning your visit to the Hawaiian Islands contact Linda Dancer Hawaii Master Destination Specialist

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  Direct Line 828-256-1520

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Hawaii’s National Parks Nov 13

Visiting Hawaii’s National Parks gives visitors the opportunity to blend history and culture into their itinerary. These national parks, monuments and historical sites allow visitors to explore, learn and get inspired.

On Hawai’i Island, visitors can walk in the footsteps of King Kamehameha the Great at Puukuhola Heiau, the largest restored heiau (temple)in Hawaii, visit Pu’uhonua O Honaunau and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Pu’uhonua O Honaunau

Visitors, especially history buffs visiting O’ahu will enjoy a visit to Pearl Harbor, the only naval base in the United States designated a National Historical Landmark. Pearl Harbor honors its history with four museums: the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

     Arizona Memorial

Arizona Memorial

Visitors to Maui rise very early in the morning to witness a magnificent sunrise on Haleakala the island’s highest peak. Haleakala National Park is comprised of more than 30,000 acres of public land and covers a range of natural environments and is home to many endangered species. This is also the home of the famous sunrise downhill bike ride experience.

      Haleakala

Haleakala

Kalaupapa National Historical Park is located on the island of Molokai and is accessible only by the mule ride, hiking tour or air from Kalaupapa’s small commuter airport. The park was once a place of refuge for Hansen’s Disease patients and remains one of the most remote settlements in Hawaii.

Kalaupapa National Park

Kalaupapa National Park

 

For more information on visiting Hawaii’s National Parks or to plan your trip to the Hawaiian Islands contact Linda Dancer – Hawaii Master Destination Specialist.

Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  Direct Line  828-256-1520

 

 

 

 

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Top 3 Reasons to visit Ulupalakua Ranch Aug 28
Wind thru green pastures

Wind thru green pastures

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I.  The first reason to visit Ulupalakua Ranch – Upcountry Maui is to take the time to drive through lush green pastureland as you drive the winding road that leads to the ranch. Jaw-dropping views of the island below are amazing. Fringed by 150-year-old trees spreading their canopy of shade over the Ranch Store & Grill and Tedeschi Winery just across the street are just waiting to share their story to visitors. Whether you set out to drive just to the Ranch Store or Winery, or if you are on your way to/from driving the Road to Hana you do not want to miss the beautiful drive to the Ulupalakua Ranch.

Maui Cattle Co. Beef

Maui Cattle Co. Beef

II. The second reason to take the time to visit Ulupalakua Ranch would be the slow-roasted Maui Cattle Co. beef brisket with housemade BBQ sauce and olive-oil-and-parsley smashed  potatoes. Sit at a picnic table in the shade of the towering trees, and slip back to a by gone era of 150 years ago when ranch hands also took a break in the shade to enjoy a plate of Maui beef and a cold drink.

III. The third reason is Chef Will Munder – his goal to serve only Maui-grown produce (he also has his own micro farm in Kula). Chef Will’s personal favorite is the juicy Ulupalakua lamb burger with swiss cheese, Waipoli lettuce, sweet Kula onions and ripe tomato.  Visitors have always been able to step up to the counter and order great food but Chef Will has put some new twist on some of the long standing favorites and made everything better. Now everything is made from scratch and as local as possible. The Ulupalakua lamb, beef and famous Elk Burger are part of the commitment of the ranch to serve only meat from the Ranch or from Maui.  And not to worry if you have a GLUTEN ALLERGY like me, I can still have my personal favorite Maui Cattle Co Beef burger on a Gluten Free Roll, my treat of grilled Maui Gold Pineapple for desert.

The open-air grill is fired up at 10 am with Grill Hours from 1100am to 300pm – so plan accordingly –

Take time to shop at the Ulupalakua Store where everything inside the store will put a smile on your face or remind you of times gone by with lots of simple things like red bandanas, silver belt buckles, cowboy hats, jars of ‘olelo berry jam, music by Maui musicians and art by local Maui artists.

After all the motto at the Ulupalakua Ranch is “Happy People” – be sure and take a “selfie” while sitting on the weathered wooden bench on the lanai next to one of the grinning scalawags (created by historic sculptor Reems Mitchell) I dare you try not to grin back at them.

For questions contact Ulupalakua Ranch Store (808) 878-2561 or email them urstore@ulupalakuaranch.com

For assistance in booking your visit to Maui contact Linda Dancer – Maui Master Destination Specialist – Direct Line 828-256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

**photos of Chef Will and Elk Burger from Ulupalakua Ranch

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Waterfalls & Gardens on Hawaii Island Aug 07

 

 

Umauma Falls

Umauma Falls

World Botanical Gardens and Umauma Falls  is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Hawai’i, and a must to include on your list of things to do while visiting Hawaii Island Visitors Bureau and to experience Hawaii’s Natural Beauty. Visitors can experience this beautiful garden by car and on foot. Drive to view exotic palms, banana, kukui and hala trees en route to the spectacular triple-tiered Umauma Falls. Along the way you wind through hau, hibiscus and native Hawaiian plants to the lush Rainforest Walk  that grow along the Honopueo Stream and grims with tropical plants such as ginger, heliconia, green and red jade vine and bamboo. Rainbow Gardens filled with orchids, bromeliads, palms, ti, cinnamon, allspice, the pencil tree and other tropical species. Allow time during your visit to see the adjacent Arboreteum and the Children’s Maze to wander around at your own pace.

The guided tour of the gardens takes approximately 2 hours with horticulturist and Garden Director Dr. Lanny Neel, every Monday and Thursday or by appointment with catered lunch or bring a picnic lunch.

Enjoy the gardens via Segway Tour  or through the air by zipline

Call (808) 963-5427 to schedule your guided tour- Reservations are required or 1-888-947-4753

Directions : From Kona: Take Hwy 19 through Waimea south to Mile Marker 16 and turn right at the sign.  From Hilo: Take Hwy 19 north to Mile Marker 16- left at the sign.

World Botanical Gardens & Umauma Falls  Hours  Open Daily 9am – 5:30pm

To get started planning your visit to Hawaii  contact  Linda Dancer  Hawaii Master Destination Specialist

via  Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com  Direct Line 828-256-1520   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival – 2015 -O’ahu Jul 17

The O’ahu portion of the prestigious Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival will be held on the island from September 9th-13th, 2015 in the Ko Olina Resort. Event chairs are Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Chef Alan Wong each of these chefs have received numerous international awards and have award winning restaurants on O’ahu that are a must do before you leave the island. The Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival takes place over two weeks with the first portions on Hawai’i Island and Maui before coming over to O’ahu with a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers. The festival showcases wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of locally grown produce, seafood, beef and poultry.

Ko Olina Resort

Ko Olina Resort

Community Beneficiaries of the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival include the Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation, Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Leeward Community College, Paepae o He’eia  and Papahana Kuaola – these projects help to show efforts being made to return Hawai’i to a sustainable eco-system of agriculture, environment and economy.  Paepae o He’eia  is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for and protecting an ancient Hawaiian fishpond located in He’eia, Ko’olaupoko, O’ahu working in partnership with the land owner and volunteers to maintain the fishpond for the community.

Volunteers at He'eia Fishpond repairing the wall

Volunteers at He’eia Fishpond repairing the wall

If you plan on attending the Festival on O’ahu these hotels are offering special rates  The Kahala, Halekulani, The Modern Honolulu, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Disney’s Aulani and Outrigger Resorts.

Please be advised that no one under the age of 21 (including children in strollers accompanied by their parens) will be admitted to Festival events(unless specified) You will need to bring a valid government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport for proof of age- strictly enforced.  Other details including where to purchase tickets, event schedules  and so forth can be found on the festival’s website.

For more information about booking your trip to Hawai’i  – Contact Linda Dancer – Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or by Email Linda@honeymoosinc.com

The Royal Hawaiian – introduces the “Mailani Tower” Jun 19
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The Royal Hawaiian

From the moment the Royal Hawaiian first opened its doors in 1927, the “Pink Palace of the Palace” has been amazing guests, and with the opening of the Mailani Tower in April, this tradition continues.  Mailani (treated in a royal manner) in the Hawaiian language offers the sophistication and luxury that today’s travelers are used to experiencing, but yet maintaining the grace and charm of the original resort. Each of the 179 guest rooms and suites that make up the Mailani Tower offer a lanai with stunning ocean or pool views.

** The Mailani Tower experience begins at the Mailani-only reception area with dedicated concierge, and throughout guest stay the concierge team works to ensure that guest individual needs are provided to the hotel staff.

** Exclusive Mailani lounge offers guests a tranquil place to enjoy Executive Chef Hans Stierli’s deluxe continental breakfast beginning with champagne mimosas. Evenings in the Mailani Lounge offer beer and wine selections, a signature Luxury Collection cocktail prepared by the resort’s mixologist along with hors devours.

The resort is offering some great promotional rates through December 25th to celebrate the opening of the Mailani Tower – contact Linda Dancer  for more details or to book your stay at The Royal Hawaiian in the new Mailani Tower.

Contact Linda via  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or  Direct Line  828-256-1520

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Polynesian Cultural Center Jun 05

For more than 50 years, The Polynesian Cultural Center located on the north shore of O’ahu has been giving visitors an experience unlike any other found in Hawaii. Visitors are immersed in the lifestyles, habitats, entertainment and other cultural aspects of seven Pacific cultures. No wonder that Polynesian Cultural Center has been named “Hawaii’s” favorite visitor attraction by People’s Choice Awards.  

Hawaii Ulu Maika

Hawaii Ulu Maika

Seeing everything in one day is a really difficult task so my suggestion would be to check out the website and carefully organize the time you will spend so that you get to see the villages that interest you most, learn the schedule of the events held in those villages and between those scheduled events visit some of the other villages. No matter where you are at 2:30pm you will want to make your way to the center’s lagoon to watch the Canoe Pageant – Hawaii’s only water-borne show

See  “The Wonders of Hawaii” and get immersed in a big-screen tribute to the hidden splendors of Hawaii (free with admission to the center). Enjoy Village Canoe Tours, Fun Cultural Demonstrations in each village, natives demonstrate crafts and skills like creating clothing from bark, dance, making baskets from leaves, making fire by rubbing sticks (yes it can be done). Visitors learn about descriptions of cooking methods, transoceanic travel, and how the preservation of traditions and history without a written language was accomplished.

Outrigger Canoe Paddling

Outrigger Canoe Paddling

 

Visit the villages celebrating the Islands of Tonga,Fiji, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa(New Zealand), Marquesas and the Hawaiian Islands.

Complete your day at Polynesian Cultural Center by enjoying the Ali’i Luau followed by  Ha – Breath of Life – a story of passion ignited by fire, song and dance.

Don’t forget to go by one of the souvenir or native handicraft shops.

Located :  Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Hi 96762

** Photos courtesy of Polynesian Cultural Center

To book your trip to O’ahu contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331 Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

The benefits of using a Travel Agent to book your trip to Hawaii May 22

Many clients are used to booking their own flights on line, researching hotels and destinations, but when it comes to booking a difficult multi-island itinerary to Hawaii, the benefits of using a professional travel agent to assist you in putting together the many components of these itineraries are many. Hawaii master destination specialist such as myself, have spent years visiting the islands many times, at least once a year to keep up with the current status of resorts, new restaurants and activities that have become available so they can share this information with their clients. One main benefit of our many trips to the islands is the personal relationships we maintain with the sales teams on property at the preferred resorts throughout the islands which is the next best thing to us personally being on island to take care of our clients. A trip to Hawaii is on most everyone’s bucket list, regardless of the reason they are planning a trip to the islands, and personally I try my very best to make sure that the itineraries are as close to the perfect for each client as possible.

**  First thing to consider is how do you decide which island(s) you wish to visit?  What airline works the best from  your home city? Will you need transfers or rental car ?

** What resort experience are you looking for ? Luxury resort with first class amenities? small boutique resort? Directly on the Beach? Nearby restaurants and activities? Are amazing swimming pools important to you?

Contemporary island décor

Contemporary island décor

** What activities are you looking to do? Is there a special activity such as Pearl Harbor or Volcano National Park that you want to include in your itinerary? Do you want to zipline, snorkel, get surf lessons, see waterfalls? A Hawaii specialist agent will be able help you work through your wish list and help you figure out which ones you will be able to fit into your schedule.

** Hawaii destination specialist will be able to recommend the best restaurants, make suggestions about fun tours and activities, suggest the best travel dates to avoid peak season charges.

** Hawaii destination specialist can assist you with planning your Destination Wedding, whether just for the two of you or making arrangements for a group.

So do yourself a favor, work with a professional travel agent, preferably a Hawaii Master Destination Specialist such as Linda Dancer, save yourself a lot of time and stress and ensure you will have the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii.

To get started contact Linda  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com Direct Line 828-256-1520   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331