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Watching Mushrooms Grow Jun 27

One of the great things about visiting the Hawaiian Islands is the diversity of activities and tours available to visitors. One of the fastest segments of tours  are foodie , farm or farm to table tours.  Hamakua Mushroom Farm located on Hawaii Island is one such tour that I have had the pleasure of personally experiencing and found the process so interesting. Hamakua Mushrooms are a speciality and exotic mushroom grown in a mixture of corncob, wheat bran and grandis eucalyptus sawdust. Mushrooms are carefully cultivated to grow out of a bottle (shown in my photos above) a method originally developed in Japan. Using the now available automated processes that have been developed allows growers to produce their product commercially. This process has allowed Hamakua Mushrooms to develop their signature “Ali’i” Mushroom.

Hamakua Mushroom Farm  is located in Laupahoehoe on Hawaii Island (Big Island), so think about adding this tour when visiting the Hilo side of the island.  Hawai’i County gives Hawaii Island farmers a chance to showcase their agricultural products while giving visitors a taste of a real farming experience through Hawaii AG Tours.

For larger groups and special events the farm also has an Events House – chef catered menus can be created for your special celebration for groups of 4-50 people or information email  reservations@hamakuamushrooms.com  

Contact them directly to book a tour on the Tour Line  (808) 962-0305 

To get started planning your visit to Hawaii contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line (828) 256-1520 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Kauai’s Kilohana Plantation Apr 18

Visitors to Kilohana Plantation are offered a glimpse into Kauai’s agricultural history.  Built by Gaylord Parke Wilcox in 1935, the 16,000 square foot tudor style mansion was thought to be one of the most beautiful in all of Hawaii with lavish grounds and furniture, a reflection of the prosperity brought by sugar. Once sugarcane was king on Kauai and covered  large plantations of land throughout the island. The mansion was severely damaged by Hurricane Iwa in 1983, but has been completely restored, rooms that once served as the family homestead are now repurposed as a gift shop, galleries, a lounge and award winning Gaylord’s Restaurant.

Kilohana Plantation was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1974 and named a State of Hawaii Historic Landmark in 1993.

Kauai Plantation Railway  takes you on a 40-minute tour of the 105 acre Historic Kilohana Sugar Plantation – the Conductor-Narrator will introduce you to herds of Wild Pigs, Goats and Sheep – feed them if you wish, you will also see Cattle and Clydesdales. Travel through fields of fruit orchards, fields including pineapples and learn about Kauai’s agriculture history. Combined with a hike into the enchanted Kahuna Nui Valley – see amazing floral canopies, tropical forest, feed wild peacocks and play on rope swings.  Enjoy your gourmet deli lunch under the shade of Norfolk Pine Trees.

Luau Kalamaku (Kauai’s Only Theatrical Luau) is now offered at the plantation on Tuesday evenings – or  for added romance reserve the Plantation Owner’s Evening  where you will be greeted with a fresh floral lei and champagne.

Koloa Rum Company established in 2009 has won numerous awards – tasting room and company store.

I encourage you to take time to visit Kilohana Plantation during your visit to the island of Kauai  and take a glimpse of Kauai’s past.

Kilohana Plantation is located on Route 50, 1.4 miles north of Lihue- (808) 245-5608

For more information on Kilohana Plantation or booking your visit to Kauai, contact Linda Dancer 

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

 

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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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Hawaii’s Iconic Mai Tai Mar 07

The actual origin of the iconic Hawaii cocktail the Mai Tai is still up for discussion but for many visitors to Hawai’i the vacation begins when they have been served their first official Hawaiian Mai Tai. An alcoholic cocktail based on rum, Curacao liqueur and lime juice and normally served in Polynesian-style settings and usually garnished with pineapple, a cherry and an orchid blossom.

Hawaii Mai Tai

Hawaii Mai Tai

The source of the name is  “Maita’i” the Tahitian word for “good” , but the drink is always spelled with two words Mai Tai  – One popular story that has always been associated with the origin of the Mai Tai  belongs to the Victor J Bergeron (Trader Vic’s Restaurant in Oakland, Ca.  in 1944) when he put together the ingredients for friends visiting from Tahiti,and one of his friends responded with “Maita’i roa ae!”  which means very good  and the name stuck.

Everyone has a favorite, but these are a few of my mine-

The “Mai Tai” Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki, has been serving this original Mai Tai recipe since 1953, many have tried to improve upon Mr. Bergeron’s original recipe but most agree there is nothing better than the original.

Personally, my favorite has to be at the House Without a Key at the Halekulani on O’ahu. For nearly a century locals and visitors to Hawai’i alike have gathered under the century-old Kiawe tree to share cocktails and listen to Hawaiian music. House Without a Key is Halekulani’s popular indoor/outdoor gathering spot for informal breakfast, lunch, cocktails, appetizers and entertainment.  Famous Waikiki Beach sunsets paired with Hawaiian music and graceful Hawaiian Dancers and a Mai Tai, the perfect end to a day at the beach.   

Mai Tai at  Tahiti Nui  Hanalei - Kauai

Mai Tai at Tahiti Nui
Hanalei – Kauai

Tahiti Nui Bar and Restaurant   located in Hanalei, Kaua’i has been welcoming visitors for three generations, world famous Mai Tai’s are made from Grandma Louise’s secret recipe – amazing food and personality combine to make every visit a fond memory, whether you are staying in Princeville, or just making a day trip at least stop by for lunch and a Mai Tai.

Regardless of the islands that you visit, just ask the locals where to go for the best Mai Tai on the island.

To get started planning your visit to Hawaii 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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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

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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Koloa Landing – Kauai’s luxury beach Villas Oct 18

Main Pool

Located on 25 acres of lush tropical landscape at Poipu Beach Kauai’s south shore, Koloa Landing (Wyndham Grand Resort) is perfect for a honeymoon couple, family, group of friends or a Destination Wedding.

Offering the largest villas on Kaua’i with 1,2,3 or 4 bedroom villas-ranging from 1300-3600 square feet of living space with several floor plans to choose from. Each villa also offers an oversized lanai with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, gourmet chef’s kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, high-speed internet access, 42″ LCD TVs with cable, a queen-sized sofa sleeper in every living room, washer and dryer, air conditioning and semi-private elevator access.

Couples Treatment Room

Koloa Landing has so many activities to offer guests including a World Class Day Spa-featuring Malie Organics, five treatment rooms, men and women’s locker rooms, a couple’s treatment room (shown here) with a traditional Japanese Ofuro soaking tub-several spa packages are available including a Bridal Spa Getaway for Destination Weddings.

The resort offers two amazing swimming pools complete with waterfalls and lagoons, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a short stroll along a dedicated path will lead you to the Shops at Kukui’ula Village  with lots of shopping and dining options-one of my favorites is the Living Foods Market & Cafe-Chef Jim Moffat (chef/owner Bar Acuda Restaurant in Hanalei) has done a marvelous job of bringing fresh local Kauai produce to one location, great pastries,coffee and wine selection. In addition the resort also has in the lobby the Gourmet Marketplace offering made to order specialties,island pupus,sundries and groceries to stock your villa pantry and the Holo-Holo Lobby Bar and Lounge serves tropical drinks and offers live Hawaiian music every Thursday,Friday and Saturday evening.

Gourmet kitchen

Additional Koloa Landing Resort amenities include: bell service, business center, childcare, dry cleaning and jacuzzi. Weekly activities are also featured at the resort including complimentary yoga,lei making, volleyball, putting green and weekly competitions. Activities nearby include surfing at world famous Poipu Beach, scuba diving with Koloa Landing Dive, snorkeling,golf, a short drive to Spouting Horn Park. 

Local legend Miguel “Migz” Graham (a Kauai-born former professional surfer with intimate knowledge of the island) heads up the concierge team on property and can answer any questions you might have to confirm any sight-seeing tours and activities not booked before you arrive on island.

You can find Migz and his team in the open air lobby or at the Beach Club next to the Lagoon Pool.

Koloa Landing / 2641 Poipu Road/ Koloa, HI 96756
    
Phone (808) 240-6600

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

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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
Sandals Whitehouse – The Jewel on the South Coast Aug 23

Main Pool

One of the toughest parts of staying at a Sandals Resort is making a decision about what to do when because you have so many choices – if you can make yourself get out of your chair by the beach, you can choose from landsports such as basketball, darts, giant chess, Bocce Ball, pool, tennis, croquet, beach or pool volleyball and so much more or if watersports are more your style then you can choose from glass bottom boat, water-skiing,hobie cats, snorkelling, wind surfing, kayaks, paddle boarding, knee boarding, wake boarding and Scuba Diving (unlimited diving for certified divers and discover scuba diving for beginners).

 Dining at  Sandals Resorts is a Culinary Experience taking you on a global journey with seven restaurants to choose from offering distinctive types of cuisine such as Eleanor’s (Pan-Caribbean), Giuseppe’s (Italian), Jasmines(Pan-Asian) and so much more or order Room Service offered 24 hours for all Butler Serviced Suites and  730am-1000pm for Club Sandals level rooms and suites. Six bars are also available throughout the resort as well. Sandals & Beaches is the first all-inclusive resort company to partner with California’s legendary Beringer Vineyards,supplying wine to all  Sandals and Beaches Resorts. Guests enjoy a selection of complimentary house wines bottled exclusively for Sandals & Beaches.

Red Lane Spa

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