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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



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Hawaii Royalty – Places to visit on O’ahu Dec 05

Unfortunately, sad to say that many visitors to Hawaii do not realize that Hawaii’s rich history includes Hawaiian Royalty. There are many sites throughout the islands where one can learn about this rich history, O’ahu is the home of many of these royal sites.

Probably, the grandest and most well known is the Iolani Palace,  where visitors are invited to take a step into Hawaii’s past-  guided and audio tours are available – Open Tuesday through Saturday – Reservations are suggested as tours are limited in size and number – 1-808-522-0832  – The Palace is located at 364 South King Street – Iolani Palace(completed in 1882) chronicles the reign of  King David Kalakaua and his wife Queen Kapiolani , and later Queen Liliuokalani. King Kalakaua and his queen traveled the world, bringing home tokens of esteem and affection from heads of state around the world.  The story of Hawaii’s Kingdom is told through portraits, show pieces such as the Grand Staircase made from Koa wood (said to be the largest such structure in the world) , visitors are asked to wear booties over their shoes as they move from room to room on magnificently restored Douglas fir floors, the dining room is set as if waiting for guests to arrive for state dinner. One sad fact in Hawaii’s royal history is that the Hawaiian monarch was overthrown in 1893, and the new provisional government could not wait to toss the treasures of the king and his queen, but luckily the Friends of the Palace organization have searched the world trying to acquire as many of the original artifacts as possible and restore the Palace to her original glory for visitors from around the world to see.

Nearby the Iolani Palace, you will find Washington Place, the home of Queen Liliuokalani before she ascended to the thrown in 1891, she wrote of her home in her book “Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen “.

Mauna Ala -(fragrant mountain)  after Albert’s death, Kamehameha IV ordered a new mausoleum to house his son, the royal grounds are very close to Summer Palace – Mauna Ala is the final resting place of the Who’s who of Hawaiian Royalty.  Mauna Ala Royal Mausoleum is located 2261 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu   – Open 8am-4pm – Monday-Friday

My personal favorite of all the Royal Residences by far is Queen Emma’s Summer Palace – a graceful home set against the lush backdrop of Nuuanu Valley. Sadly, the palace had fallen into disrepair and almost became a baseball field, but luckily the  Daughters of Hawaii intervened in 1915 turned the home into the showplace it is today. The palace is located about three miles from downtown, filled with beautiful artifacts including some originals to Queen Emma and her husband King Kamehameha IV and was used  to escape from Honolulu’s heat in the summer. The saddest thing for me and always brings me to tears is the beautiful cradle in which the king and queen’s son, Prince Albert slept (who sadly passed away at the sweet age of four) they say the bedroom where the cradle sits overlooks the Royal Mausoleum below where the child is buried, as a mother, I just always feel the grief Queen Emma must have felt over the death of her young son, but the peace of being able to look below to his final resting place. Queen Emma’s Summer Palace is located 2913 Pali Highway, Honolulu (808) 595-3167

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum  one of the best places in all of Hawaii to be introduced to Royal bloodlines, culture, and the rich history of the Kingdom of Hawaii – located 1525 Bernice Street (808) 847-3511

For more information or to book your visit to O’ahu Contact: Linda Dancer

Direct Line (828) 256-1520 – Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  Email



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

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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Waikiki Vow Renewal Ceremony Oct 10

Celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary soon and thinking about a Vow Renewal?

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort offer couples to Hoi Hou Ke Aloha (Fall in love all over again) –

Free vow renewal ceremonies are held every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings on  iconic Waikiki Beach  – many husbands score extra points for planning with me in secret to share as a surprise to his bride once they arrive on the island , to express to his bride he would in fact do it all over again.

The non-denominational ceremony is conducted by a Hawaiian officiant. Couples are welcomed with a Hawaiian chant that celebrates the occasion – then led to the ocean’s edge to be honored with a graceful hula and serenaded with Hawaiian song. Couples are blessed with a gentle sprinkling of sea water before reciting vows in Hawaiian language. The ceremony concludes with a beautiful song and hula. Following the ceremony each couple is presented with a certificate to commemorate their vow renewal.

If you are looking to travel to O’AHU and are thinking about a vow renewal arrangements need to be made in advance as space is limited and participation is subject to availability and is complimentary to registered guests of Outrigger Waikiki and Outrigger Reef

Let’s get started planning your romantic stay on O’ahu contact  Linda Dancer The Knot Best of Weddings Winner today!


Best of Weddings

Best of Weddings


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

Why do so many consider Hawai’i for vacation or honeymoon? Sep 19

Surf Boards


Many people in America consider Hawai’i as an ideal destination for a vacation or honeymoon in paradise.Besides the fantastic weather and white sandy beaches, Hawai’i offers a plethora of other activities  tourist do not typically consider. If properly prepared, one can not only relax  but also participate in exciting adventures that are unique to the individual island experience.

Here are a few options when planning your unique trip to


Besides the obvious beach lounging and exquisite island meals
found on your Hawaiian destination, it’s time to explore the exclusive
undertakings that are guaranteed to provide a relaxing and peaceful journey.
These options include things such as; whale watching, dinner cruises,
sightseeing, musical and dance shows, Kupanaha Maui Magic Shows, Maui Theatre and Cirque Hawaii.


Sightseeing is one of the favored options as there is an
abundance of cultural heritage as well as historic American places to see.

Hawaii Polynesian Cultural Center

Hawaii’s Polynesian Cultural Center is one of the top paid
Hawaiian attractions. This sightseeing adventure is a one-hour scenic drive
from Waikiki. With seven native villages, visitors are given the rare chance to
participate in the activities of the daily lives of Hawaiian and other South
Pacific cultures. You will be able to witness the most authentic luau as well
as the largest Polynesian night show, both being a memory to behold.




Where you stay can set the tone of your blissful honeymoon.
Luckily, the different islands provide many different options when deciding
where you will stay on the downtime of your experience in Hawaii.

Kauai Beach Villa’s

Typically filled with colorful flowers, palm trees and lush
vegetation, these Oceanside residences are quite a treat.  With an endless coastline to explore, you
will be able to see humpback whales and dolphins while enjoying the sunset with
your loved ones. Besides for the majestic dining in the comfort of your
beautiful villa you also get to try the ethnic Polynesian food and exotic
fruits only available on the islands.

Staying Active

There are also many
physical activities to participate in that vary from the casual explorer to
adrenaline junkies. Ocean rafting, snorkeling, sailing, jet skiing or kayaking
are a few ways you will be able to further your exploration into the deep blue.
For those seeking a more exciting challenge you can also participate in rock
climbing, horseback riding and zip lining.

The Casual

Some of us just want
to view the beauty of Hawaii in a low key setting. There are many different
ways to be able to do this and keep the experience as casual as possible. Here
is an example of one of the activities available to that type of adventure:


There are many things
to be seen off the coast but there is not a more eye opening activity than
snorkeling. With colorful reefs and bountiful species of fish to be seen,
snorkeling allows those for an eye for beauty to get the big picture on what
goes on underneath the Pacific. This allows for not only fun in the sun, but
fun in the water as well.

The Hardcore

Some of us want to
feel the adrenaline that comes with the physical territory. These options range
in difficulty but will keep your heart beat up and your eyes wide open. It goes
without saying that this will enhance the immersion of your experience in full
throttle as you view Hawaii in a whole new light.

Horseback Riding

Why rent a car when
you can take the truly scenic view of the islands? Horseback riding has never
gone out of style in Hawaii and will allow you to further your exploration into
the hidden treasures that can be found on your island adventure. If you’re up
to it, it’s very highly recommended that you give it a try!

Zip Lining

lining is a favored activity for tourist visiting the Hawaiian Islands. It is
perfect for those adrenaline junkies looking for an intense high brought to you
by the beauty of the natural island. Cross this activity off of your bucket
list and take a dive into the jungle. This is also a great activity for
families and there are often package deals offered.

Plan Ahead

Whatever you desire to get out of your vacation or honeymoon
to Hawaii, be sure to plan ahead. This will further your goals into getting the
most out of a wonderful experience that will provide memories to last you a

** Guest post by Hannah Vergara   – –

Hannah is a firm believer in holistic living and marketing. She is a proponent of sustainability doing her part to exist in a productive harmony with nature. She is currently working as a content media writer for Koloa Landing Resort. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, hiking with her dogs, yoga and cooking for family and friends.

** Photos courtesy of Hannah Vergara

Your Hawai’i Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer can assist you with making all your travel plans to Hawai’i

Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free 1-888-811-1881 ext 331


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Duke’s Oceanfest – August 16-24, 2014 Aug 08

The 13th annual Duke’s OceanFest will be held at venue sites throughout Waikiki from August 16th – 24th 2014. The annual event features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart . Duke (Hawaii’s ambassador of Aloha)  is thought to be the father of surfing so this event featuring Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Beach Volleyball and more is the perfect way to celebrate this man thought to be the greatest waterman who ever lived.  He was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, an actor, lawman, a pioneer player of beach volleyball and a businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing.

To book your trip to O’ahu contact  Linda Dancer – Hawaii Master Destination Specialist

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


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The Magical Lure of the Hawaiian Islands Apr 25

Even if Hawaii did not have amazing sunsets!

Beautiful flowers !

Beaches in various colors!

Amazing Natural Wonders!


The Magical Lure of the Hawaiian Islands should still be on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit in their lifetime. While all the islands are bound together by threads of culture and history each island has its own distinct  personality designed by geography and natural beauty found on that particular  island. Combine the tropical beauty with incredible resorts, amazing restaurants, world class spas and activities and Hawai’i should be at the top of the list when trying to decide the perfect location for your Honeymoon, Milestone Anniversary or Multi-Generational trip.

Combine all these elements with music through hula, ‘ukulele and slack-key guitar and the aloha spirit of the Hawaiian people and you will begin to feel the magic that is found in the Hawaiian Islands.

I invite you to share in the magical lure of Hawai’i -To get started planning your trip to Hawai’i

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


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:



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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







Honolulu City Lights Tour Dec 06

Planning on visiting Oahu during the Christmas Holiday?   If so, you should check out the Honolulu City Lights Tour , aboard a Double Decker Bus.

Nightly December 8th- 30th  from 6pm-10pm. If you do not hop on and off the bus you can expect to complete the loop in about one hour.

Complimentary earbuds are given so you can listen to holiday music while you are touring through Honolulu and enjoy the lights.

Aloha Bus

Aloha Bus

  Adult $26.10 / child (ages 3-11) $13.50  ** includes taxes and applicable admissions

Travel through from Ward Center, Downtown circling the Honolulu Hale(City Hall) giving visitors the best opportunity to see the Honolulu city lights. I suggest that you hop on and off the bus at one of the two nearest stops to the Honolulu Hale for best viewing of the decorations and to participate in the festivities.

Honolulu City Lights are presented by the City and County of Honolulu and the Friends of Honolulu City Lights! for more info you can email them at   Great T-shirts and ornaments are available on their website as well -a great way to support this wonderful celebration.

ADA Compliant Buses with lifts – please contact reservations at 1-888-206-4531  or (808) 833-3000

So relax  take a deep breath and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas Holiday !

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


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