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Discover Kaua’i Golf Jan 16
The Prince Course

The Prince Course

Kaua’i is known for some of the most natural scenery in all of Hawai’i with the Waimea Canyon and Napali Sea cliffs Coastline, but did you realize that golf is very popular on the island of Kaua’i?

In fact, Golf Magazine named the Princeville Resort courses as a Gold Medal Golf Resort (one of only 20 in the United States).  The Prince Course is the ultimate golfer challenge, acknowledged to be one of Hawai’i’s toughest courses and rated number one in the state. Golfers are treated to some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world as they work their way around the courses with majestic views of the northern cliffs of Mt. Waiale’ale to Hanalei Bay, waterfalls, rolling terrain cut by ravines and jungles. Contact 1-800-826-1105

Wailua Golf Club is Kauai’s top-rated public course and according to Golf Digest is very high on the list of best municipal courses in the nation , located on Kaua’i’s eastern shore ,this 18-hole – Par 72 course is surrounded by stately old ironwood trees and Norfolk pines, has played host to three USGA National Public Links Amateur Championships. Fun fact – Wailua was Bing Crosby’s favorite hangout and he proclaimed the 17th hole the most beautiful he had ever seen, with its elevated tee and ocean running around he fairway to behind the green. Contact 1-808-241-6666

Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club offers two Jack Nicklaus courses -Kiele hosted the 1991 PGA Grand Slam of Golf and voted one of the top 100 golf courses in America by Golf  Digest. Golfers are treated to spectacular views of the Hoary Head Mountains and Kalapaki Beach. Kiele is great for long hitters – Lagoons a little more forgiving is a Scottish-style links course with open fairways, little water and the undulating greens challenge even the best of putters. Contact 800-634-6400

Kiahuna Golf Club is as scenic as it is challenging as it is complemented by an area of ancient Polynesian archeology. Opened in 1983, Kiahuna is consistently rated amount the top courses in Hawai’i and the USA by both Golf Digest and  Golf Magazine. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Kiahuna hosted he 1987 and 1988 LPGA Worldwide Championship of Pro-Am Golf   Contact 808-742-9595   

Grove Farm Golf Course at Puakea is surrounded y the splendor of mountain and ocean views of historic Kaua’i and adjacent to where “Jurassic Park” was filmed.  Featuring a Robin Nelson designed par 40-10 hole course and is rated in the top ten courses nationwide. This challenging course covers more than 200 acres, boast a state of the art practice facility, driving range and upscale Pro Shop Contact 1-808-245-8756 

Poipu Bay Resort and Golf Course a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. links-style layout, offers a unique golfing experience. Since opening in 1991, this course which covers 210 seaside acres offers golfers spectacular views of steep mountains, towering Oceanside cliffs and beautiful beaches with the backdrop of the ocean. Brisk trade winds blow downwind on six holes and upwind on six with crosswinds on the remaining six  a challenge indeed. With 86 bunkers, several lakes and carefully protected lava rock archeological sites all add to the allure of this course. Consistently ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top ten golf courses in Hawai’i and the Pro Shop is ranked in the nation’s Top 100. Since 1994 Poipu Bay has been the home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf  Contact 1-800-858-6300  

I challenge you to come play golf in Kaua’i, looking to book your trip to Kaua’i contact Linda Dancer – Kaua’i Master Destination Specialist   Direct Line 828-256-1520 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888  Ext 331  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Planning a multi-island Hawai’i trip- check out this recent blog post for additional information on golfing in Hawai’i.

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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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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Five of my favorite Spas of Hawai’i Oct 11

One of the hardest parts of my job is being able to answer What is your favorite? (pick a category) in Hawai’i, that is always such a hard question to answer, or to narrow down because there are so many wonderful candidates for every category whether that be spa,restaurant,luau,activity or island. Everyone has a different hot button that they really need to include on their vacation to have a wonderful time, for me  including a visit to the spa is always at the top of my list. Hawai’i has so many wonderful spas it was hard to narrow down to a short list of five of my favorites, but here goes:

Number 1

Kapalua Spa

Kapalua Spa -Located at The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, on the shores of Kapalua Bay-(Maui) is truly a seaside sanctuary. From the moment you enter the bamboo garden, the sound of water helps to transfer you to a place of serenity and calm. Embracing the healing properties of water and natural minerals from the islands with signature treatments such as Journey through the Ocean and ‘Awa & Cacao Lomi Wrap. Body and skin therapies are available such as Ali’i Kula Lavender Scrub and Organic Ocean Facials, a full menu of massages including Lomi Lomi(A healing art form from old Hawai’i meaning to rub) which can be preformed in 19 single and couples treatment rooms including 10 outdoor private bungalows that are truly amazing. Follow up your treatment in the tranquil relaxation rooms with sauna,steam,or cold rain showers.
Other Spa amenities include: A full service beauty salon,fitness facility with state-of-the-art Kinesis Circuit System, Yoga studio overlooking Kapalua Bay, Saline Lap Pool and sunning deck, a juice bar and retail boutique. For more information contact them (808) 665-8282
Number 2

Mauna Lani Spa

Mauna Lani Spa Located at the Mauna Lani Hotel and Bungalows, Hawai’i Island, is a past recipient of the prestigious honor of being rated #1 spa in Hawai’i by Islands and Hawaii Magazines (2009)
Each Hawaiian experience at Mauna Lani’s luxury day spa begins with a rejuvenating foot soak and signature “fire and ice” tea service. Hawaiian experiences such as LomiLomi Massage, LomiLomi Hula Massage(great for couples) Opu Huli Massage, Pohaku Pa’a(Hawaiian Hot Stone) or choose one of their signatures  Fire and Ice Pa’akai therapy.
Lava Sauna Experience: Open air sauna, warm llilli stones under your feet, a mixture of black volcanic clay is given to you so you can smooth it on your skin-when the mud dries-your stress dries too and is rinced away under a private outdoor rain shower, followed by re-moisture to your skin with signature oils.
Lava Watsu Experience: built amongst ancient lava tubes,this unique pool harnesses the energy of the land, features soothing skin temperature salt water, underwater acoustics, tranquil lighting and a waterfall- all the while the therapist supports you, stretches and massages you as you lie passively in warm salt water, bringing you to a state of total tranquility (great for expectant mothers).
Located in the Mauna Lani Sports Club: 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743   Phone  (808) 881-7922  Email spa@maunalani.com
Number 3

Spa Falls

Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid,Hawaii Island listen closely and you can hear the water rushing through Spa Falls.Whether you choose to have your spa experience in one of eight private outdoor waterfall hale(huts) perfectly situated within Spa Falls,one of the six amazing oceanfront hale or one of four indoor treatment rooms a day spent at the Spa Without Walls will most certainly leave you feeling completely relaxed and refreshed.
As if you need another reason to love Kona Coffee, one of their signature treatments is the Signature Big Island Kona Coffee Exfoliation Treatment which will enliven your senses and renew your skin in a way you have never experienced. A mini massage and misting with luscious vanilla cream and spritz tops off this aromatic renewing experience (done indoors only).  HIWAHIWA – with infusions of Big Island Wild Orchids and Gardenias is another of my favorites at this spa.
Customized Massages  include LomiLomi, Sports,Deep Tissue and Pohaku-Wela (hot stone) massage therapy just to name a few
Full service salon  and  spa boutique to take home some of the signature spa products used during your service is available .
Fairmont Orchid is located 1 North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii  96743  Phone (808) 885-2000
Number 4

lap pool

Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai’ Resort and Spa – Honoring a culture rooted in the balance between wisdom and nature, Anara Spa weaves traditional healing customs into treatments to inspire lokahi- unity,harmony and balance.
Hawaiian Escapes-inspired by traditional healers who practice herbal medicine,massage and spiritual healing are provided in your private garden hale and begin with a tropical foot bath (great for couples as well).  My favorite is Kaua’i Clay – brings elements from local rainforest together to connect you to the healing energy of Kaua’i – beginning with local ‘awa root (used to ease anxiety and insomnia) is polished over your body with coconut oil and warm stones. Followed by a nutrient rich mask of volcanic clay to detoxify and balance your system, followed by a soothing massage with botanical lotion – amazing!
This  award-winning 45,000 square foot spa is the largest in Kaua’i  and includes a 24-hour StayFit gym, open air yoga and fitness classes – A full menue of massages, body treatments and facials are available as well as a full service salon and spa boutique.
Located: Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa, 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa,Hawaii 96756  Phone (808) 742-1234  Email: info@anaraspa.com
Number 5

Kahala Spa

KahalaSpa located at the Kahala Hotel & Resort , Honolulu,Oahu(named one of the Top 20 Resort Spas-Hawaii  2012 by Conde Nast Traveler Readers). 
 If you are seeking an overall feeling of complete relaxation and rejuvenation you will find it at the Kahala Spa-they put a special emphasis on Hawaiian healing techniques and cultural practices,you can just feel the spiritual energy or “mana” here. A visit to the Kahala Spa is a luxurious experience-they had me hooked forever after the Ho’omaka(a cleaning and detoxifying sea salt foot scrub)
Signature treatments such as Lovely Hula Hands -a four handed dancing of hands you experience during this version of the traditional Hawaiian LomiLomi massage.
Kahala Spa has nine spacious treatment rooms-each appointed with its own relaxation area,glass enclosed shower and deep soaking tub. Spa therapists are experienced in a wide variety of blobal healing techniques and therapies, respecting ancient traditions as practiced by Hawaiian and other Asian cultures.
Kahala Hotel & Resort , 5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816   For more information contact the resort (808) 739-8888.
Did you know there are many benefits from getting massages?
1. Massage dilates the blood vessels and improves circulation, relieving congestion throughout the body.
2. Massage relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension.
3. Massage acts as a mechanical cleanser,stimulating lymph circulation and hastening the elimination of toxic debris.
4. Massage encourages the retention of nitrogen,phosphorus and sulfur that are necessary for tissue repair.
5. Massage simply makes you feel good.
So next time you wonder if spending that extra money on spa treatments when you are on vacation is worth the investment, just know you are really doing something beneficial.
For more information on these  resorts and spa  Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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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

Congratulations Tidepools! May 10

Tidepools

Congratulations to the chef and staff of  Tidepools for being named a winner in the elite Readers Choice 2013 -“Best of the Best” edition of  Hawaii Magazine (March issue). Tidepools was named the #1 Best Hotel/Resort Restaurant in Hawaii, from amongst amazing competition throughout the islands. One of my personal favorites, and a favorite with my honeymoon clients, Tidepools is the perfect combination of romantic ambiance, impeccable service and award winning Pacific Rim and island style cuisine including fresh Hawaiian fish and mouth-watering prime rib. I must admit though, the signature dish of macadamia-nut encrusted mahi mahi is my personal favorite.
What could be more exotic than a series of thatched huts that seem to float above the water, the sound of a waterfall in the background, and a pair swans casually swimming by as if they have not a care in the world.  Regardless of where you are staying on the island of Kaua’i would definitely be worth the drive to the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i to have dinner at Tidepools.
Reservations are suggested   (808) 240-6456  or  www.opentable.com
Attire: Resort Casual       Daily Hours: 530pm  –  1000pm
Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331 Direct Line 828-256-1520

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