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

Wind thru green pastures

Store

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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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

Plantation Gardens Restaurant and Bar May 15

Located in a beautifully restored plantation manor home dating back to the 1930’s on the island of Kauai, the Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar offers visitors and residents alike an amazing dining option. Once the plantation manager’s home for Hawaii’s first sugar plantation “The Koloa Plantation”, the property was later purchased by the Moir family who proceeded to build the world famous gardens, so many beautiful orchids and lily ponds, around their home. Once the site of some of the most elaborate social gatherings held on Kauai in their day the gracious atmosphere that once welcomed guest to this Kauai home is now offered to visitors of Plantation Gardens Restaurant and Bar. Visitors touring the Koloa Heritage Trail should plan to include a visit to Plantation Gardens Restaurant and Bar to their schedule.
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Special Events, private parties, locations for wedding ceremony and receptions from 10-300 people are available, The restaurant features several unique and inviting private venues for sit-down dinners or standing receptions – the experienced staff will make sure your event is special and every detail attended to.

For information on planning a visit to Kauai contact Linda Dancer Direct Line 828-256-1520   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Plantation Gardens Restaurant and Bar is located 2253 Poipu Road Poipu Beach, Koloa Kauai Hi 96756 / Reservations (808) 742-2121 / Email  info@pgrestaurant.com

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Hawaii Food Tours Jan 09
Hawaii Food Tours

Hawaii Food Tours

Tasty Tours for the Hungry Traveler –  catchy slogan for a unique tour opportunity on O’ahu created by  Chef Matthew Gray (Food Writer and Restaurant Reviewer)  

Voted #1 Tour on O’ahu two years in a row and  Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence are just two of Matthew’s awards find more on their website  Hawaii Food Tours fun tours such as Hole in the Wall  and North Shore Food Tour  are some of the most popular tours as seen on TV Food Network.

For information or to set up your food tour call (808) 926-FOOD(3663)

Take Matthew’s advice when visiting the islands and “Eat Something Delicious Today” with Hawaii Food Tours

For help planning your visit to O’ahu contact O’ahu 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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Farm to Table in Hawai’i Aug 15

 

Working with a trainer for the last six months or so, I have developed a whole new appreciation for holistic living, organic produce and ingredients and am learning to incorporate fresh ingredients in cooking whenever possible.  Naturally, visiting the Hawaii islands several times a year, I am aware first hand of the amazing dining opportunities being offered with many chefs at some of the most amazing resorts on all the islands. Several resorts such as  Hawai’i Island RetreatGrand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, and  Four Seasons Hualalai  now have their own organic gardens and produce a good amount of their own fruits, vegetables and culinary herbs for the resorts use.

Hawai’i is blessed with perfect conditions to grow amazing produce , the waters of the pacific provide incredible fresh fish and seafood and with many working farms producing  cattle  farm to table dining is just another reason  why I think  Hawai’i is one of the interesting places to visit on earth.

Contact: Linda Dancer  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Direct Line 828-256-1520

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A New Day Dawns for The Volcano House Hotel Feb 14

For visitors like myself who had been fortunate to visit the iconic Volcano House Hotel, and had the opportunity to warm our hands in front of the stone hearth fireplace dedicated to Pele(that was reported to burn continuously for 133 years) I was saddened to learn that the fire was left to burn out on New Year’s Day 2010.  As with with most contracts and agreements it was time for much needed improvements to the Hotel, Cabins, Campground, Dining Room and Gift Shop to be made and the search was on for a new partner to assist the National Park Service in bringing Hawaii’s oldest hotel( dating to 1846)  to a fully resored new life.

Volcano House

Volcano House

 

 

I am so glad to report  that Hawaii Island’s Volcano House Hotel is back and better than ever ! 

From its humble beginnings as a one-room grass shelter to the newly restored hotel today, visitors will be in for a treat much as they were from the very beginning. Officially reopened  following a $4million retrofitting and safety upgrades by the National Park Service and an additional $3Million in renovations and refurbishments by concessioners/owners Ortega Family Enterprices.

Taking advantage of the incredible natural beauty of its unique location as the only hotel within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, hotel guest fortunate enough to book a room with a view of the crater might catch a glimpse of the spectacular glow of Kilauea’s Halema’uma’u Crater, others might have a view of the amazing rainforest that surrounds the property.

Book a room with a Volcano Crater View

Book a room with a Volcano Crater View

Refurbished Guest Rooms: Gone are the dated colors and out dated rooms and replaced by in room touches such as Kohler fixtures,42 inch flat screen HDTVs, modern contemporary furniture with warm color palette for a relaxed and comfortable setting with views of the park, rainforest and crater available.

Namakanipaio Camper Cabins:  are located about three miles from the hotel, are 200 square feet and sleep up to four people- refurbishments include new flooring – Bed linens and towels are provided – there is no electricity or electric outlets in the cabins – no bathrooms or running water in cabin but guest utilize he newly refurbished community bathroom located in the campground with hot showers & toilets(soap and toilet paper provided).  Each cabin has an outside firepit and bbq grill.

Namakanipaio Campsites: Looking for a true camping experience within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then pitch a tent at one of the 16 campsites- based upon a first come /first served basis , $15.00 per night – a 7 night maximum stay- and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park entrance fee applies- no showers at the campsites -only restrooms.

The Rim Restaurant buffet of old has been replaced by  The Rim  – newly refurbished restaurant at the Volcano House overlooking the rim of Kilauea caldera and the billowing Halema’uma’u Crater . Featuring the best of Hawaii Island fresh local ingredients the creative island cuisine boasts that at least 95% of the restaurant’s meat,seafood,fruit and vegetables are sourced from local ranchers,farmers and supplers.

Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – when planning your trip to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, if you aren’t able to stay at the hotel, at least stop by and visit The Rim  or George’s Lounge for appetizers and a cocktail. Reservations (808)756-9625

Volcano House Hotel / Crater Rim Drive/Hawaii National Park, HI 96718  Reservations 808-441-7750 or 1-866-536-7972

Volcano House is once again proud to welcome visitors with a renewed commitment to Hawaiian hospitality with a number of sustainable initiatives including recycling program, local food sourcing, an Environmental Management System certification, Hawaii Green Business certification, and becoming a Waste Wise partner and Energy Star partner.

To get started booking your trip to Hawaii Island – Contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free  1-888-811-1888 ext 331  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

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Andaz Maui at Wailea Jan 10

 

Situated on 15 beachfront acres in the luxury resort community of Wailea, the all new Andaz Maui at Wailea offers the sophisticated traveler looking for a little slice of paradise a new place to call home while on vacation on Maui. From the first greeting by the staff offering you a welcome cocktail, and being escorted to your well appointed suite, you will not be disappointed.

The centerpiece of the resort – three cascading outdoor infinity pools with views of the Pacific Ocean beyond create the perfect place to relax or to catch amazing sunsets as another day draws to an end on Maui. Complete your stay by visiting the ‘Awili Spa and Salon with ten treatment rooms complete with an apothecary lounge featuring a blending bar to incorporate locally grown herbs,plants and fruits into your treatment.

Each of the 290 well appointed rooms and suites (seven residential villas still to come) offer a private lanai to enjoy the views of the lush gardens or brilliant blue of the ocean, opulent bathrooms with garden or ocean view showers and luxurious body products to entice the mind and body. Stylish guest rooms with crisp white fabrics, wood décor and artwork to showcase elements of Hawaiian culture.

Farm to table is the theme for dining at Andaz Maui incorporating as many locally grown vegetables and ingredients as possible – start your day with coffee and a pastry at Bumbye Beach Bar, grab something quick to go at Mokapu Market, enjoy dinner at Morimoto Maui and end another perfect day at Andaz Maui next to the waterfall at Lehua Lounge while enjoying a cocktail and live entertainment.

Let’s get started planning your next vacation to Andaz Maui at Wailea

Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 TollFree: 1-888-811-1888ext331

Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Adult only quiet pool by the spa

Whaler’s Village (Maui) offers so much! Sep 27

Whaler's Village

Whaler’s Village Shopping Center located on Ka’anapali Beach, Maui offers visitors over 90 shops, beachfront dining at several restaurants, historical displays at the Whalers Village Museum and so much more. An eclectic mix of art galleries (http://www.lahainaprintsellers.com), clothing shops for all ages such as Blue Ginger, Pacific Treasures Boutique, BillaBong(Love the Sanuk Get Leid Loafers), Honolua Surf Co., Honolua Wahine and Tori Richard, Fine jewelry such as Baron & Leeds, Brighton(ask about their Hawai’i charm bracelet), Maui Divers, Na Hoku and Pandora. Have a long list of folks back home that you need to buy some special souvenir for? Not to worry you can find it at Whaler’s Village at stores such  ABC Stores, Honolulu Cookie Company,Martin & MacArthur, Totally Hawaiian Gift Gallery, Maui Toy Works, SWAROVSKI or something totally unique Lahaina Scrimshaw.
If during your shop till you drop outing at Whaler’s Village you should get hungry or thirsty  that is covered at the Food Court as well with everything from  Nikki’s Pizza, Subway,McDonald’s Express, Dragon Wall Express followed by something to cool you off at Haagen-Dazs or Yogurtland. Check out what is happening on Centerstage as well during your visit Lei-Making Classes, Hula Lessons and more.
But then there are those those romantic evenings on Maui, where you look  for the perfect mix  of sunsets  and fine dining-Whaler’s Village has that covered too!

Lei Lani's

Oceanfront dining at Leilani’s on the Beach offers the finest steaks,chops,ribs and the best of Hawaii’s fresh local fish and seafood, and the team at Leilani’s do an amazing job with intimate birthday parties, engagement dinners or rehearsal dinners (reservations accepted and suggested).Hula Grill offers live entertainment daily combined with wonderful island flavors, or Maui Fish & Pasta offers farm to table menu just steps from the beach, open air atmosphere overlooking the ocean,what better way to spend Happy Hour – Early Bird Specials –
The Star of the Show!

 

And then there are the Whales!

If you are lucky enough to visit Maui or her sister islands of Molokai or Lanai  during whale season, the star of the show will be the whales, and this one decided to visit while we were dining at Maui Fish & Pasta, so just another reason to visit Whaler’s Village. You just can’t plan these magical experiences so always have your camera handy so you do not miss the opportunity to catch them.

Whaler’s Village is Located on beautiful  Ka’anapali Beach:
2435 Ka’anapali Parkway – Lahaina, Maui  Hawai’i 96761 / Hours Daily: 930am-1000pm 
PARKING: Available in the multilevel parking garage adjacent to Whaler’s Village.
SHUTTLE SERVICE – Catch the free Ka’anapali Resort Shuttle from your hotel /the trolley picks up various times of the day  from 1000am to 1000pm from several hotels and resorts throughout the Ka’anapali Resort   OR the Lahaina Shuttle  is also an option for a nominal fee- Check with your hotel concierge for pick-up times and locations  depending upon your dates of travel.
Ka’anapali Beachwalk  if you are staying  at resorts  such as the Hyatt Regency Maui, Westin Maui, Ka’anapali Alii  a short walk from your resort along the ocean is another option for you.
Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 /Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331
Some of my favorite Hawai’i Restaurants Jun 21

  Located on the island of Maui, Stella Blues Cafe  is home to Stella’s Club, where a 4 course dinner is paired with amazing music,  so be sure and check who might be playing during your visit to the island.   Serving breakfast,  lunch and dinner  and  Happy Hour. Featuring  fresh local fish, Vegetarian Selections, locally raised grass fed beef and  Kiawe fired pizzas.

Breakfast  served 7:30a-11am —  Saturday and Sunday till 2pm

Lunch 10am – 4pm  //  Dinner 5pm-10pm // Happy Hour 4pm – 6pm

Azeka Mauka on Pi’ikea Rd , Kihei     Phone (808)874-3779   www.stellablues.com

Beach House

Beach House Restaurant  Kauai– is known as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, with views like this  plus amazing food  no wonder this resort has won so many prestigious awards with Travel & Leisure magazine and Zagat.

Open nightly for dinner – Reservations are strongly recommended–  sunsets here are AMAZING

www.the-beach-house.com   (808) 742-1424   Dinner served  530pm – 900pm

Located  5022 Lawai Road , Poipu,  Kauai   —– on the way  to Spouting Horn

** Do yourself a favor and place your order for the Molten Chocolate Desire with your dinner request, so it bakes while you enjoy your dinner.

Ola

Ola – at Turtle Bay Resort , Oahu   

What can be better than  sand between your toes  while you are enjoying the fresh island seafood – The only restaurant on OAHU directly on the beach, a treat for all  your senses – Ola  – a fitting name for this experience means “life, living healthy and alive ”  Chef Fred DeAngelo  features an eclectic blend of  Hawaiian cuisine with flavors from around the world.

Featuring fresh produce grown on the North Shore within miles of Turtle Bay Resort and fresh fish from Hawaiian waters the menu is amazing.

Open for lunch 11a – 3p // Dinner 5:30p – 10p // Beach Bar 3p – 10p

www.olaislife.com   contact them for special occasions info@olaislife.com

Phone (808)293-0801  Located: 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731

Leilani’s on the Beach , MAUI , located  along  the Ka’anapali BeachWalk at  Whaler’s Village – food and service are both amazing and from personal experience Kako and her staff do a wonderful job with large party arrangements such as wedding rehearsal dinners.  Dinner menu featuring fresh fish, steaks, ribs   and  for dessert   Kimo’s original hula pie.

Oceanfront  romantic dining / great place to watch the sunset.

Located 2435 Ka’anapali Pkwy,building J1,Lahaina, HI 96761

Reservations suggested (808) 661-4495         www.leilanis.com


Tidepoolslocated at the Grand Hyatt Kauai – is so romantic  – Hawaiian thatched roof huts seem to float above the koi pond, surround by waterfalls, and enchanted  as you watch the swans swim by while you wait for your dinner to be served.

Offering the finest in Pacific Rim and island style cuisine, fresh island fish and mouth-watering prime rib. I personally ordered the signature macadamia-nut encrusted mahi-mahi, and it literally melted in my mouth.

Make reservations but come early, a full bar is separate from the main restaurant and a great place for pupus and drinks before dinner.

Reservations suggested  (808) 240-6456    Dinner served 5:30p – 10p     Grand Hyatt Kauai

Located  1571 Poipi Road, Koloa , HI 96756

Hawai’i  is  a foodie’s dream destination each island has so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, I will have to continue my favorites in future blog post for sure.

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