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The Kahala’s “Kolohe” Ohana Nov 28
Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

Kolohe is the Hawaiian word for rascal!  True to the definition of the word, the family of six Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins are as playful as they can be and is just another treat for the guest of  The Kahala Hotel & Resort on O’ahu.

Soon after The Kahala opened in 1964, nearby Sea Life Park asked the hotel to temporarily host two Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins took their relocation in good stride and soon fell at home in the Kahala lagoon. Their arrival was so popular with guest, The Kahala invited them to stay on a permanent basis, and have been part of the Kahala ‘ohana’ (family) ever since.

Since 2000, Dolphin Quest has managed the resorts Dolphin Experience visitor education program. The Kahala ‘ohana’ is now up to six : Kolohe, Hoku, Liho, Lono, Liko, and Nai Noa. Hoku was actually born at The Kahala in 1991. Guest who interact with the six members of The Kahala dolphin ‘ohana’  learn to enjoy and respect the wonders of the ocean.

For a really magical experience (especially if you are traveling with your children) book your room in the resorts Dolphin Lagoon wing overlooking the dolphins as they play throughout the day.

For more information on booking your Honeymoon, Milestone Anniversary or Family Vacation at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, contact Linda Dancer  O’ahu Master Destination Specialist.

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

 

Great hotels in Hawaii when you are not renting a car Mar 28

1.   Kaua’i Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach 

Located in Lihu’e on the shores of Kalapaki Beach, the Kaua’i Marriott offers a complimentary shuttle to/from the  airport – making it a great choice for visitors who do not wish to rent a car . Nearby shopping at  Coconut Market Place, Anchor Cove,Harbor Mall and Kukui Grove Center.

Accomodations include 345 guest rooms and 11 suites  with either garden , pool or ocean views.  Recreation  opportunities include the 26,000 square foot pool (the largest in the state), 5 whirlpools,2 Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, 2 tennis courts, beach with lots of beach activities including kayaking, surfing, snorkeling.

Alexander Day Spa and Salon

Kaua’i  Marriott is a perfect backdrop for destination weddings offering  beautiful wedding locations in the gardens and oceanfront – a skilled team of event planners can handle every detail.

2. The Kahala Hotel & Resort – Honolulu,O’ahu –

Situated on a private white sand beach / but yet just ten minutes from  world class shopping and dining in Waikiki Beach – serving clients for fifty years , from the moment you are greeted by the doorman -you know you have arrived at a very special place. With an award winning spa, six restaurant and amazing  location on a secluded bay  with Diamond Head  and Koko Head craters as a backdrop, Dolphin Lagoon with Dolphin Quest program, CHI Health Energy Fitness Center, Golf and Tennis nearby, Hawaiian cultural classes.

Looking  for the perfect romantic location for your destination wedding – The Kahala Hotel & Resort would be a perfect choice.

Accomodations include 364 spacious guest rooms and over the top luxury suites  – The Kahala Hotel & Resort  is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

3. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa – Ka’anapali Beach 

” Where Heaven and Aloha Meet”  the Westin Maui situated on a beautiful stretch of famed Ka’anapali Beach, Maui (top beach by TripAdvisor in 2013).  This oceanfront resort  is a gracious blend of beautiful gardens, a 87,000 sq feet aquatic playground  -comprised of five free-form swimming pools, secluded Jacuzzi, an adult only pool, waterslide complete with a 270-degree turn and a 23-foot drop  and waterfall.

Steps from Ka’anapali Beach where guest can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, beach volleyball, windsurfing and more.  Two championship golf courses are nearby – tons of great shopping and activities next door at Whaler’s Village .

Westin Maui  is involved in many environmental initiatives.

Stay at One/ Dine at All  program  with  Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and Ka’anapali  Resort Ocean Villas  and charge back to  your room.

4. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa – Anaeho’omalu Beach – Hawaii Island

Situated on 15 acres facing  Anaeho’omalu Bay – along the sunny Kohala Coast -Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa  offers visitors looking for a great swimming beach, ocean sports and amazing swimming pool a perfect choice,

Accomodations include 533  rooms and  22 suites ,  three restaurants  and a Mandara Spa.

Walk to shopping  and dining  at the Waikoloa Kings & Queens Marketplace.

Several golf courses within walking distance  are located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort area / or take the resort shuttle

5. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows – Hawaii Island  

Situated oceanfront on the sunny Kahala Coast of Hawaii Island, The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel  offers visitors so many options.  From the fresh floral lei greeting upon arrival , Bicycles to explore the resort, shuttle that runs throughout the

Mauna Lani Resort  to the Shops at Mauna Lani and other locations within the Resort community, Jogger’s amenity station, sand volleyball, Historical tours of Petroglyphs, Cultural Tours  and a cultural center , tours of the ancient Kalahuiupua’a fishponds with turtle and fish feeding tours.

Award winning dining at The Canoe House Restaurant – do yourself a favorite and book for sunset.

Several golf courses are within the Mauna Lani Resort Community

Mauna Lani Spa  and the Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness club are within walking distance, bike or a short shuttle ride — see why the Mauna Lani Spa has been voted one of the “World’s Best Spas” by Conde Nest Traveler

I strongly suggest that my clients rent a car regardless of which island they are visiting at least for a day or two during their stay so that they can visit some of the amazing natural beauty, historic or cultural sites  or special activities on the island but I do realize that sometimes that is not possible, so I think it is important to stay at a hotel or resort that offers dining,shopping and entertainments opportunities with easy access.

There are many others to choose from as well, these are five of my favorites.

To get started planning your visit to the Hawaii Islands– contact Linda Dancer– email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

 

 

 

 

 

Kahala Celebrates 50 Wonderful Years Mar 21

Since  January 1964, The Kahala Hotel and Resort  on the island of O’ahu has been celebrated as one of the top resort in Hawaii, providing world class service to discriminating world travelers. Over the years the Kahala Hotel and Resort has hosted countless film, television and music stars along with dignitaries and heads of state from around the world.

The Kahala  Hotel and Resort is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and continues to draw new and returning guests. Those familiar with the resort love the dolphins, the amazing multi-colored lobby chandeliers, friendly faces of employees that welcome them home again and signature service they have come to expect from the resort.

With revitalized guest rooms and wonderful dining opportunities it is safe to say that the Kahala Hotel and Resort will continue to have a virtual who’s who by the resort pool for years to come. Why not add yourself to the list of visitors to the Kahala and let’s get busy planning your honeymoon, milestone anniversary or next family vacation at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

In celebration of 50 years – some fun facts you might not know about the Kahala Hotel and Resort:

** The resort cost $12Million to build

** The resort site is 6.5 beachfront acres

** The dolphin lagoon is 4 feet above sea level, the first dolphins to inhabit the lagoon were names Uku, Nihoa and Kui and were flown 4500 miles from Gulfport, Mississippi

** The resort opened January 22,1964 – the room rates were $26USD a night and a night in the Presidential Suite cost $150

**  The Kahala Hotel and Resort  was the first major resort to have air conditioning in all rooms.

**  There are 28,000  multi-colored pieces of Italian fused glass in the lobby chandeliers

**  A Beach Bar was opened and used expressly for “Rick’s Bar” in the TV Series “Magnum PI”

For more information on O’ahu and The Kahala Hotel and Resort  Contact: Linda Dancer

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

 

 

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Some of my favorite locals Nov 22
Kauai Roosters

Kauai Roosters

 

I can still remember my first visit to Kaua’i and was amazed to find so many roosters. I like most visitors wondered why in the world this beautiful tropical island had so many colorful roosters, and being from the country found it so funny to hear one crowing in the morning.  The debate goes on about just how the roosters became so predominate on Kaua’i, but one of the theories associates Hurricane Iniki which hit Kaua’i in 1992 and decimated several chicken farms thus when the coops were destroyed the chickens and roosters were left to roam freely. There are no real natural predators to the roosters on the islands, for some reason the mongooses that keep them at bay on most of the other islands  just did not like Kaua’i. Most return visitors to Kaua’i just accept them as part of the local culture and hardly notice them anymore, and they do take care of the insect population in part as well.

 

Nene Geese

Nene Geese

 

 

 The Nene (pronounced NayNay)  is the Hawai’i State Bird – a land bird and a variety of the Hawaiian Goose-found in some of the harshest of Hawaiian locations it has adapted itself to the lava rock and barren areas like in the Volcano National Park where I photographed this pair- Hunting and wild animals took its toll on the birds and all but destroyed the species until they were named as endangered species and protected by law in 1949 and the restoration project began to build the numbers back up throughout the islands. Both male and female have the same color of plumage a golden buff  color with  black head and distinct diagonal furrows that run the length of their neck.

 

Monk Seal

Unlike most seals that prefer their home to be in frigid waters, the Hawaiian Monk Seal is a rare exception that makes its home in the warm waters     around Hawaii. Getting its name from the folds of its skin that somewhat resembles a monk’s cowl, and habitually they are found alone or in very small groups. I think they just have the sweetest faces. The Hawaiian name for the monk seal is “llio holo I ka uaua which translated means – dog that runs in rough water. Due to their declining numbers caused by their coastal habitats being disturbed as humans occupy more and more coastline  several resorts  such as Grand Hyatt Kaua’i have partnered with Monk Seal Watch Program as well as the Waikiki Aquarium house a couple to educate the public. Today they are an endangered species but unfortunately their numbers continue to decline. The Monk Seal Foundation and other organizations work tirelessly as well to educate visitors and locals alike.

Honu

Honu

 

Other than the whales that visit the islands  from late December through April and the pods of spinner dolphins found throughout the islands, probably one of the most photographed locals is the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (honu) such as the one I was lucky enough to catch sun bathing on the North Shore of Oahu. Considered a “Threatened Species”, the number of turtles found throughout the islands is increasing. This increase has occurred primarily through the mission of several organizations such as Malama na Honu, a non profit 501(c)(3) corportation with over 60 active volunteers that try to educate both locals and public alike. Honu guardian volunteers are on the beach every day to do their part to protect these beautiful creatures.

 

 

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

Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

 

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Hawai’i Island – Outdoor Science Classroom Feb 28

Oceanography

Visitors have always been drawn to Hawai’i (The Big Island) because  of world class resorts, championship golf courses, big game  fishing , waterfalls and so much more, but many do not realize the island is also an amazing outdoor science classroom. Hawai’i Island has something amazing around every bend in the road with science adventures in the areas of Oceanography/Marine Science, Volcanoes and Volcanology, Astronomy, Geography/Biology/Natural History, Aquaculture/Agriculture and Renewable Energy Resources.  Regardless of where you are staying on the island  there are a multitude of places to visit, coded maps to help you locate some of the sites and there are several tour operators that specialize in these areas of exploration as well. Easy access to many of these areas of interest  would make this a wonderful island for families to make their family vacation a wonderful opportunity to learn,so much more exciting than a school class room. Nothing compares to seeing the steam escaping from a volcano, going down into a lava tube and seeing the turtles swimming in a tide pool. The Manta Ray Experience  by far is one of the unique experiences of my life.Dolphin Quest program at the Hilton Waikokoa Village Resort gives visitors the opportunity to interact with dolphins through several programs led by marine mammal experts.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Most people have seen a fiery eruption or red hot lava flow from at least Kilauea, even if just on The Weather Channel,  but Volcanoes National Park actually features two of the world’s most active volcanoes Kilauea and Maunaloa. Within the 500 square mile park visitors  can see the process of volcanoes over the last 70 million years,calderas, pit craters,cinder cones,dried lava lakes,sulfurous cracks and fissures,lava tubes (Thurston being the most famous). Home to the legendary Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. Visitors will enjoy their visit to the park so much more if they take time to visit the Visitor’s Center first for a quick course in geology, natural history, park layout and safety.You will want to also visit the Observatory, Jaggar Museum perched on Kilauea Crater, and the Thurston Lava Tube, all located on the 11 mile Crater Rim Drive. The park is so big you’ll want to drive but be sure and get out along the way and hike some of the 150 miles of marked trails — Park rangers will also advise you if any active lava flows are accessible during your visit. For the latest eruption updates and geneal park info www.nps.gov/havo or call (808) 985-6000.

Fish Ponds

Aquaculture  and agriculture have always been an important part in the live of native Hawaiians, especially ancient Hawaiian Fishponds such as those at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Kaloko Honokohau National Park and the recently renovated Keauhou Resort Heiau project are great examples of fishponds. There are also several land-based farms  that are so interesting  such  as Hawaii Vanilla, Kona Coffee Farms,Hamakua  Mushrooms and the festive Hilo Farmers Market  is one of the best open markets in Hawai’i where you can sample and purchase wonderful fresh local produce, fresh flowers for your room during your visit, have a fresh fruit smoothie or purchase hand crafted items. Hawai’i AgVentures operated by the Big Island Farm Bureau offers a variety of family farm tours. If you are into Renewable Energy Resources  you might want to visit Kahua Ranch in North Kahala in addition to other tours they also provide their own power with wind turbines  or you can contact them  (808) 882-4646. Being blessed with lots of sunshine and strong trade winds Hawai’i Island has the potential to be an international showcase for alternative renewable energy resource exploration.

Maunakea

Polynesians  used the stars to guide their voyages around the Pacific  and ultimately to discover the Hawaiian Islands, so how fitting that Astronomy would also be such an important part of the opportunities of discovery available on Hawai’i Island. Located 13,796 feet high on the summit of Maunakea, you will find 13 astronomical observatories and is considered the world’s best observing site. Beginning with the first telescope in 1968, several groundbreaking discoveries have been made from the various telescopes, there are are more in the plans to be added in the future,making this the home of some of the largest telescopes in the world. For sure a visit to the summit would be a highlight of your visit to Hawai’i Island – I suggest you take a tour such as Mauna Kea Summit Adventures  or Hawai’i Forest & Trail as the weather conditions can be unpredictable and severe.  ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i   in Hilo  is another wonderful opportunity to learn about the 13 observatories located on Maunakea plus a full-dome, state of the art planetarium, plus 3-D presentations of data collected from the Subaru Telescope – plus several unique experiences that tie Native Hawaiian Culture and lanuguage to today’s astronomical discoveries. Located at the University of Hawai’i Hilo Science and Technology Park   www.imiloahawaii.org     contact them (808) 969-9700 , also  a wonderful cafe and gift shop.

For more information on booking your Hawai’i Island Vacation  or any of the tours mentioned in this blog post:

Contact Linda Dancer Hawaii Master Destination Specialist    Toll Free   1-888-811-1888 est 331

Direct Line (828) 256-1520 or by Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

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