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Haleiwa Beach House Nov 18

** Photos courtesy of Haleiwa Beach House

I was saddened to hear that Jameson’s by the Sea one of my favorite restaurants on Oahu’s North Shore closed about a year ago, but I am happy to report that after an investment of $2.5 million by the owner, the restaurant has reopened as the Haleiwa Beach House in the same oceanfront location.

The original restaurant had fabulous atmosphere and delicious food,but Haleiwa Beach House I must admit is even better. Extensive renovations now feature two bars, one downstairs in the dining area and one upstairs on the open-air deck.  A visit to the upstairs deck promises ocean views in one direction and a view of historic Lo Ko Ea fish pond in the other. The bar features 16 hand-selected craft beers on draft as well as bottled beer and a vast selection of wine by the bottle or glass.

Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi – one of the many seafood options

The food has always been amazing but Executive Chef Chris Blanc has created a fresh new menu. Thankfully he took favorites from Jameson’s  and  presents them with a twist, utilizing unique flavors. The resort offers a large selection of fresh fish that can be prepared to your liking as well as steak and other entree options, burgers and a large selection of pupus or appetizers. You will definitely want to leave room for dessert – My personal favorites  Grilled Mahi Mahi with Grilled Asparagus  – and sometimes I splurge and treat myself to house made doughnuts.

The next time you visit Oahu, make time to visit the iconic North Shore and allow time to stop by Haleiwa Beach House for lunch or dinner( plan to visit near sunset).

Located  62-540 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 / Phone 808-637-3435 / Email  Haleiwabeachhouse@gmail.com

Please check their website for hours of operation and full menu.

For more information on booking your trip to O’ahu contact Linda Dancer, Oahu Master Destination Specialist-

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

 

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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Celebrates 46 Years Nov 04

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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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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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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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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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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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Haili’s Hawaiian Foods Nov 07
Haili's Hawaiian Foods

Haili’s Hawaiian Foods

Since the 1950’s  delicious original Hawaiian island cuisine has been  served at Haili’s Hawaiian Foods, now relocated in Oahu’s  trendy Kapahulu neighborhood.

For over three generations recipes have been handed down since Mom Haili started her secret process shared only to the family of sisters who continue offering traditional Hawaiian food made fresh for a good price. However, times have changed and prices are a little more than in the original days of  Mother Rachel Ching Haili’s day  where poi was “one dollah” for three bags, and thirty five cents for  one laulau – visitors today at their new home on Palani Ave can expect the same  award winning wonderful food and service.  Awards such as Winner of the O’o Award-Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, 2010 Honolulu Advertiser Hawaii’s Best Restaurant Award for Best Hawaiian Foods, 2011 Recipient of the ‘Aha Hipu’u Award-Contributions to Hawaiian Culture-Winner of Healthy Plate Lunch Contest – Department of Health continue to be earned by this O’ahu favorite.

Haili’s Hawaiian Foods – closed on Monday – Open Tues, Wed and Thurs  10am-7pm, Fri and Sat  10a-8pm and Sun 11a-3p

Phone number  (808) 735-8019

Location:  760 Palani Ave ( Just ask your hotel concierge for directions)  at the corner of Kapahulu Ave.

Looking to book your vacation to O’ahu – Contact Linda Dancer   Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

Remember the best way to enjoy your visit to the Hawaiian Islands is to get out and explore the culture !

 

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