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Tahiti Nui -Hanalei Restaurant Oct 03

Since 1963, this iconic restaurant in Hanalei has been serving specialties like fresh fish and kalua pork sandwiches to locals and visitors alike. A great place to people watch while sitting on the open-air porch enjoying one of their “world-famous” mai-tais. Live Hawaiian music often adds to the Spirit of Aloha and when you attend their weekly luau, it is more like attending a backyard BBQ bash with your friends and family – I highly suggest it !

Movie Buff ?  Actors George Clooney and Beau Bridges filmed a scene from the movie “The Descendants” in Tahiti Nui – check out my blog post for Kauai Movie Tours  

For group or other other information email them  at nanea.nui@gmail.com   or give them a call (808) 826-6277   Or checkout their website www.thenui.com

Looking to book your Destination Wedding, Honeymoon or once in a lifetime trip to Kauai?  Contact Kauai Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer with Honeymoons,Inc. 

Direct Line (828) 256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   or email her  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

The Magical Lure of the Hawaiian Islands Apr 25

Even if Hawaii did not have amazing sunsets!

Beautiful flowers !

Beaches in various colors!

Amazing Natural Wonders!

 

The Magical Lure of the Hawaiian Islands should still be on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit in their lifetime. While all the islands are bound together by threads of culture and history each island has its own distinct  personality designed by geography and natural beauty found on that particular  island. Combine the tropical beauty with incredible resorts, amazing restaurants, world class spas and activities and Hawai’i should be at the top of the list when trying to decide the perfect location for your Honeymoon, Milestone Anniversary or Multi-Generational trip.

Combine all these elements with music through hula, ‘ukulele and slack-key guitar and the aloha spirit of the Hawaiian people and you will begin to feel the magic that is found in the Hawaiian Islands.

I invite you to share in the magical lure of Hawai’i -To get started planning your trip to Hawai’i

Contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email:   linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Kaua’i Museum – Hawaiian Pa’ina Begins Feb 28

 

Kaua'i Museum

Kaua’i Museum

Kaua’i Museum begins Hawaiian Pa’ina every first Friday of the month.

Featuring culinary favorites from award-winning Chef Mark Oyama and live Hawaiian Music. Hosted in the newly renovated courtyard from 11:30 am – 1:30pm

The Hawaiian Pa’ina costs only $20 for adults(children ages  5-10  cost $8.00)

I always stronly encourage my clients to visit the Kaua’i Museum and to be able to combine with lunch and Hawaiian music is all more reason to go.

Sugar Boiling Pot

Sugar Boiling Pot

 

Kaua’i Museum is located     4428 Rice Street/ Lihue,  HI 96766

Phone 808-245-6931

For more information  check out their website  www.kauaimuseum.org

Be sure and check out their gift shop as well !

To get started planning your trip to Kaua’i contact Linda Dancer

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

Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

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Exploring Hawaiian Culture Nov 01

Flower Lei

The Hawaiian Lei is a garland made most often from a variety of fresh flowers and for many the symbol of ALOHA welcoming visitors to the islands, but it also plays a huge role historically as one of the romantic icons of Hawaiian Culture for it is given as a gesture of love.  Women normally prefer the fresh blossoms of tropical flowers such as orchids while men prefer the glossy maile vine draped untied around the neck.
**Take the smell of your fresh lei home with you by purchasing at the airport after you clear security check point or many shops will arrange for your lei to be packaged and shipped directly to your home.

Amazing WillieK

Hawaiian Music such as local favorite WillieK shown here plays a huge part in Hawaiian Culture and through out the islands there are several Slack Key Guitar and ‘ukulele festivals and weekly performances for visitors to enjoy check with your hotel concierge to see who might be playing. I have purchased several of these Hawaiian music CD’s to transport me back to the islands. In addition to Slack Key and ‘ukulele look for performances of Hawaiian reggae, hip hop and modern beats as well.

Hula

Born in Hawai’i the Hula uses the entire body to tell the story of myths and legends of Hawaiian culture. Hula tells the story through dance,stories,language,chants,mele(song), as well as through the plants  that many of the instruments and adornments the performers wear are made from.
The world’s premier hula event-The Merrie Monarch(named  after King David Kalakaua) is held every year on Hawai’i Island, the week long festival features both kahiko ancient hula(before 1820) and ‘auwana modern hula(after 1915). **King Kalakaua felt that “Hula” is the language of the heart,and the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.

Lei Making Classes

Throughout the islands, resorts (such as Hyatt Regency Waikiki shown here)offer cultural lessons such as lei making and hula lessons so check with your hotel concierge to see what opportunities might be available for you to enjoy.
Hawai’i is an experience that stays in your heart forever-enhance your experience by participating in Hawaiian Culture.
For more information on Hawaiian Culture
Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Five of my favorite Luaus Oct 25

Smith's Family Luau

For over fifty years the Smith Family Garden Luau as been hosting visitors on the island of Kaua’i, celebrating the spirit of Aloha.
Located within the Smith’s Tropical Paradise in the Wailua Marina State Park on the east side of the island, on grounds once reserved for Hawaiian royalty. Your evening begins as you receive your shell lei and you either take a narrated tram tour or a leisurely stroll around the 30-acre garden, but be advised the last tram tour departs at 530pm.
As with all luaus the main part of a luau for most is the feast, and you will not be disappointed, but for those that can’t wait for the music and tradidtional show they are in for a treat as well with Hawaiian hula, Tahitian drum dances and popular Samoan fire knife dance.
** Great location for destination weddings

Drums of the Pacific

Drums of the Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency Maui, sunset terrace on Ka’anapali Beach,Maui. Drums of the Pacific Polynesian Spectacular (a Tihati Production) offers takes guests on a visit throughout the Islands of Polynesia, beginning with the traditional imu ceremony, featuring dances from old Hawaii,Samoa,Fiji,New Zealand,Tahiti,Tonga and Rarotonga.
Guest are greated with a shell lei and mai tai or fruit punch, traditional arts and crafts demonstrations, torch lighting ceremony, all you can eat buffet with dessert bar,  and open bar –  general  and preferred seating available.

Old Lahaina Luau

Old Lahaina Luau – a Traditional Hula and feast – winner year after year for many awards including Best Luau and Best of Maui.
Located oceanfront at 1251 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui the location and layout of the traditional luau grounds  around a circular performance platform affords everyone a great view. This Luau  sells out nightly, so reservations in advance are a must. Also a great location for destination weddings 
Guest are greated with a flower lei greeting, tropical drink and personalized souvenir program, then escorted to your table and familiarized with the Luau grounds. The feast a wonderful buffet  and  premium open bar, at sunset the entertainment begins, the Hula is performed with respect and honor to ancient Hawaii – telling the story from Polynesian migration, the relationship of the Missionaries and the Merry Monarch (King Kalakaua) up to the more contemporty Hula.

Feast of Lele

Feast of LeLe is not your average luau, as the sun begins to set over the romantic, intimate oceanfront setting –The perfect luau for foodies.
Excellent  food is served plated  and served as courses, as opposed to buffet style of most other luaus throughout the islands. Another feature that I like is the layout of the tables  as opposed to long tables that are found at many luaus. Attention paid to every detail of  the evening.
I strongly suggest you book far in advance because it is likely to be sold out if you wait till you arrive on island.

'AHA'AINA

‘AHA’AINA  – A Royal Celebration-held oceanfront  at the Royal Hawaiian Resort on O’ahu– pays homage to Helumoa , the legendary playground of Hawaiian Royalty.
Waikiki’s only oceanfront sit-down vignette dinner show is a culinary journey through history -before there was a luau, there was Aha’Aina-(translates to gathering for a meal) a feast of food, mele(song)and hula.
Sit-down dinner service, open bar and spectacular entertainment ( the royal family costumes are gorgeous, loved the inclusion of the United States military in the timeline of the history of O’ahu as well)
Another great luau for foodies-  Held on Monday night only, so suggest you book before arriving to the island.
Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Larry Rivera Nov 09

Larry Rivera

Larry Rivera is known as Kauai’s Living Treasure of Music.  He has written over fifty songs  that are found on albums, cassettes, CDs and videos all over the world. A very talented musician he is probably best known for playing one of his Ukuleles, he says that his ukulele makes him feel relaxed and helps him relieve stress but it also helps him share the spirit of Kauai. His composition, “Aloha is the Spirit of Kauai”  was recognized by the County and Mayor and is seen on posters all around town with this reference. Larry uses his title of the ambassador of harmony  and his Ukulele to bring people together. I had the pleasure of  watching Larry perform his magic  while on a tour  of Coco Palms Resort  with Roberts Movie Tour. Larry  stills serves as the musical director when guest come to visit the resort, even in the sad state of disrepair that the resort sits in today, as Larry talks story about the resort in its days of glory  you get a glimpse of the ways things were during  the filming of Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii, in fact, Larry Rivera has exclusive rights to host Blue Hawaii Weddings at Coco Palms Lagoon (shown in the photo below) .

Blue Hawaii Wedding location at Coco Palms Lagoon

Kamalani, one of Larry’s most famous  songs, was written at the request of  Grace Guslander, the manager of Coco Palms Hotel. She wanted him to write a song that talked about the Legend of the Frog as written by Meleana Soong. He was at home recovering from the flu, and after their conversation he looked outside his window and saw a beautiful bird, the bird kept singing and  somehow the words and music came together. You can find this and other beautiful songs on his CD Beautiful Rainbow, this is my favorite of his many CD’s .
Larry  can be found doing weekly performances at the following locations:
Cafe’ Portofino  on Wednesday  at 700pm
Coconut Plantation Cultural Center  Friday at 500pm
Kauai Museum on Saturday at 100pm
Contact :  larryrivera@hawaiilink.net     Contact by phone (808) 822-3868
Contact Linda Dancer  Email   linda@honeymoonsinc.com  Phone (828) 256 1520

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Un-Cruise the Hawaiian Islands Sep 16

Safari Explorer

  Travel to Hawai’i  is so much more an experience than a trip to a destination. American Safari Cruises  “Hawaiian Seascapes” adventure  offers an all-inclusive floating alternative to flying to an island, staying at a luxury resort and only exploring that one island.  The thirty-six guest Safari Explorer visits the islands of Lana’i , Maui , Moloka’i  and  Hawai’i, the Big Island, areas of the islands that many visitors never have the opportunity to see. Sailing through these beautiful islands on an upscale yacht allows you to immerse yourself into this tropical playground by  activities such as kayaks, talking story, cultural excursions on Moloka’i into Halawa Valley, get above and below the ocean teaming with marine life – some found only in the Hawaiian Islands.  So many incredible experiences such as night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta Rays, visit the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, visit plumeria and macadamia nut farms, stroll Lana’i’s ghostly Shipwreck Beach to the petroglyphs, evening pa’ina(feast) and Hawaiian jam sesson with locals,exclusive cultural experiences in Moloka’i’s Halawa Valley or explore Hawaiian waters in a traditional hand-carved voyaging canoe. Life on board the yacht is enhanced daily by insights from the Expedition leader and the guides and other members of the cruise staff.
Hawaiian Seascapes 
7 nights – Lana’i to Hawai’i, the Big Island (or reverse)
Luxury yacht experience includes : Port charges and taxes,  airport transfers
Incredible meals with Hawaiian flavors and influence and a special pa’ina(old-style luau feast) on Moloka’i , Premium spirits,fine wine and micro-brews, massage and daily yoga classes from the Wellness Director, on board hot tub,sauna and exercise equipment, fleet of double kayaks,stand-up paddle boards,sailboat,snorkeling gear and skiffs – no hassle and extra cost of renting equipment on the beach with this experience, English speaking crew of about 1-2 guests with Expedition Leader/Naturalist and guides, open bridge and tours ashore and on the water.Crew gratuities are the only out of pocket expense.
SPECIAL OFFER :
Special  travel credit of $500 per couple/book and deposit  before September 30th, 2012  
** Based upon availability -contact your Yachtalist below for more info **
 
To book your Hawaiian Seascape  contact  Linda Dancer – an Un-Cruise certified Yachtalist
 Direct Line  828-256-1520  or  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com ; www.honeymoonsinc.com

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Waikiki has a new vibe ! Apr 13

The island of OAHU is know  as The Gathering Place. The beautiful beaches and excitement of Waikiki have long been the reason visitors come to OAHU, but never has it been more true than the Waikiki of today.  Waikiki has always been known for world class hotels, scenery, exciting  nightlife, shopping and dining , but with the  replinishing of sand to Waikiki Beach nearing completion, Queen Emma’s Palm Grove restored and the Waikiki Beachwalk  there are more reasons than ever to spend more time on Oahu and enjoy all that  Waikiki has to offer. For those that love the Waikiki of yesteryear ,have no fear the iconic images of Diamond Head , Top of Waikiki and the famous Waikiki Beach Skyline are still here as well.

Queen Emma’s Palm Grove beckons you to gather with live Hawaiian Music Concerts : Once the home of Royalty, as history is told a favorite spot of  Queen Emma Kaleleonalani ,wife of King Kamehameha IV , you can feel the spirit of aloha here for sure, be sure and check out the beautiful bronze statue of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great grand-daughter of King Kamehameha ,whose legacy is the education of children of Hawaiian decent through the Kamehameha Schools which benefit from the profits of the Royal Hawaiian Center. 

The Royal Palm Grove is located between The Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center on Kalakaua Ave.  For more information on the Royal Hawaiian Center  http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com

 

Free concerts

Serenity in the middle of Waikiki , grab a MIXED PLATE and enjoy the beauty

Serenity found in the middle of Waikiki

A beautiful place to take in local cultural experiences

New additions to the Waikiki Dining and Nightlife Scene :

Morimoto Waikiki

RUM Fire at Sheraton Waikiki

  • Rumfire www.rumfirewaikiki.com
  • Featuring Pacific Rim of Fire menu – blending Global influences with Hawaiian Focus.
  • Philosophy of Rumfire Waikiki is that food should be shared , it is this blending of conversation and social comfort food  that ignites RumFire Waikiki the best place to live liquid aloha
  • Located at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Waikiki Beachwalk :

Outdoor entertainment plaza,Shop for Hawaiian apparel and more than a dozen restaurants .

For more info   www.waikikibeachwalk.com 

Eight acres of shopping,dining and entertainment

Eight acres of shopping,dining and entertainment

Beautiful attention to details such as fresh flowers and palm trees

At the corner of Don Ho and Lewers St - a great place to begin your day

Iconic Images can still be found as well:

Diamond Head

Skyline of Waikiki Beach

Top of Waikiki , revolving restaurant

So if you are ready to catch the new Vibe in Waikiki or just to get familiar with some of the Iconic images of yesteryear, contact me so we can get busy and plan your trip to  OAHU – Give me a call  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888  ext 331 , Direct Line 828-256-1520 or email me linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Be sure and also LIKE my facebook page to see more images of OAHU and the other islands www.facebook.com/linda.dancer.

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New from The Royal Hawaiian – Curators of Hawaiian Music Jul 31

New announcement from The Royal Hawaiian, one of O’ahu’s best known luxury resorts, located on Waikiki Beach. Don’t miss these exciting and unique music performances on your next Hawaii trip!

The Royal Hawaiian – Curators of Hawaiian Music

Beginning July 9, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki, celebrates its return to grandeur with an indigenous music series in the “Carnegie Hall of the Pacific,” the Monarch Room.  The “Curators of Hawaiian Music” is a weekly cocktail-style event with two performances each Thursday evening by award-winning local musicians. The series was created in an effort to bring the rich musical legacy of The Royal back to life and to pay tribute to Hawaiian culture as part of the re-culturalization of Waikiki.

The show is scheduled on Thursday nights beginning July 9, 2009-December 24, 2009 and includes performances by talented Hawaiian entertainers:

Performer: Makana

His name means gift, and his music is just that – a gift for the senses. Blending elements as diverse as folk, classic and rock, Makana has taken slack guitar to whole new heights. Don’t miss this very special performance!

  • Hawaiian Slack Key, World Fusion Influence
  • Performance Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009
  • First Show: 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Second Show: 8:30pm-9:30pm
  • Doors open 30 minutes prior
  • Merchandise sales immediately following the performances.
  • Autograph signing after show for 20-30 minutes staged in the Coronet Lounge.

Learn more at www.curatorsofhawaiianmusic.com and contact linda@honeymoonsinc.com to book your next Hawaii trip!

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