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Ke Ala Hele Makalae Trail Jan 30
Ke Ala Hele Makalae

Ke Ala Hele Makalae

Ke Ala Hele Makalae is Hawaiian for “The Path that goes by the Coast” and what a fitting name for the shared-use path that runs along Kauai’s eastern coast. Completed in 2009, visitors can now walk, bike or run 4.1 miles between the Lihi Boat Ramp in central Kapaa and Ahihi Point in Kealia, as well as bike through 2.5 miles through Lyndgate Park.  Future plans to expand Ke Ala Hele Makalae will create an uninterrupted bridge between Anahola in the north to Nawiliwili in the south.  The flat terrain and lack of big hills makes the Ke Ala Hele Makale trail a perfect opportunity to leisurely bike along parts of Kauai’s eastern shoreline and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Several companies offer bike rentals.

Other biking tours are available on Kaua’i as well and more information can be found on Go Hawaii Website 

For more information on booking your trip to Kaua’i contact Linda Dancer Kauai Master Destination Specialist. Direct Line 828-256-1520  or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort Dec 19

Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort is a sophisticated tropical retreat located just steps from Kauai’s famous Poipu Beach. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Ko’a Kea is a smaller boutique style resort, offering 121 luxurious rooms and suites with design inspired by magnificent sunsets, colorful flowers and vibrant sea life found on Kaua’i. Accommodations range from garden view to oceanfront with either a patio or private lanai, sleek modern furnishings and the sheers give a hint of the view beyond.  Other in room amenities include an iPod docking station, in-room safe, flat screen LCD HDTV with on-demand movies, air conditioning and ceiling fan and internet access.

Service and Amenities at Ko’a Kea include: concierge services, WI-FI internet, sundries and gift shop, twice daily housekeeping, dry cleaning and laundry service, swimming pool and whirlpool, fitness center, business center, the Spa at Ko’a Kea, pool bar and Red Salt Restaurant & lounge.

Red Salt Restaurant & Lounge – named for Kauai’s unique colored red salt-offers a diverse menu celebrating the fresh seafood combined with locally grown produce. Combined with the romantic setting overlooking the resort pool and ocean beyond, Red Salt offers diners a true tropical dining experience. 2011 Hale ‘Aina Award- Top 5 Restaurant on Kaua’i

To book your destination wedding, honeymoon or milestone anniversary trip to Kaua’i contact Kaua’i Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer

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

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge-Kaua’i Dec 12
Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kaua’i  changed the days it is open to the public in 2014 – so make sure before you plan your itinerary when visiting the north shore of Kaua’i that you make note of these changes so you will not be disappointed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reduced the days Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public from seven days a week to five days a week – specifically Tuesday – Saturday  from 1000am – 400pm except most major holidays.

Due to declining budgets, the department felt this move necessary to be able to continue necessary work on the sanctuary – this change was to be evaluated at the end of a one year trial period – so will post later if this changes again.

The Kilauea refuge was established to preserve and enhance seabird nesting colonies and is home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds found in the Hawaiian Islands. Visitors often have the opportunity to view spinner dolphins and monk seals, native Hawaiian coastal plants and the Hawaiian state bird the endangered Nene Goose. Probably most well known is the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse which sits on the northernmost point of Kaua’i  allowing visitors to view a piece of history as well as the many bird colonies on the cliffs.

For information on booking 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

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  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

The Kahala’s “Kolohe” Ohana Nov 28
Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

Kolohe is the Hawaiian word for rascal!  True to the definition of the word, the family of six Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins are as playful as they can be and is just another treat for the guest of  The Kahala Hotel & Resort on O’ahu.

Soon after The Kahala opened in 1964, nearby Sea Life Park asked the hotel to temporarily host two Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins took their relocation in good stride and soon fell at home in the Kahala lagoon. Their arrival was so popular with guest, The Kahala invited them to stay on a permanent basis, and have been part of the Kahala ‘ohana’ (family) ever since.

Since 2000, Dolphin Quest has managed the resorts Dolphin Experience visitor education program. The Kahala ‘ohana’ is now up to six : Kolohe, Hoku, Liho, Lono, Liko, and Nai Noa. Hoku was actually born at The Kahala in 1991. Guest who interact with the six members of The Kahala dolphin ‘ohana’  learn to enjoy and respect the wonders of the ocean.

For a really magical experience (especially if you are traveling with your children) book your room in the resorts Dolphin Lagoon wing overlooking the dolphins as they play throughout the day.

For more information on booking your Honeymoon, Milestone Anniversary or Family Vacation at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, contact Linda Dancer  O’ahu Master Destination Specialist.

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

 

Mama’s Fish House Restaurant Nov 21
Look for the Boat

Look for the Boat

Mama’s Fish House, Maui’s first fresh fish restaurant was born in 1973. The Christenson family fell in love with the lifestyle of old Polynesia as they sailed across the South Pacific in the late 1950’s, finally settling on Maui in 1963. Along the way they learned many ways to prepare fresh fish and to share the aloha spirit. Nestled in a beautiful oceanfront coconut grove, the converted beach house restaurant is an eclectic mixture of Polynesian artifacts, wood working, flower arrangements and artwork.

The award winning menu and level of service (Ely is my personal favorite waiter – his suggestions of what to order are always great) make for an unforgettable dining experience in Hawaii. Do yourself and favor and do not skip desert the Polynesia Black Pearl and Hana Banana Macadamia Nut Crisp  are both amazing – order one of each and share

Reservations are always suggested – Call 808-579-8488  but definitely worth the wait. Make a fun day of it and visit the nearby town of Paia.

Located just past Mile Marker #8 on the Hana Highway – Look for the Mama’s Fish House Boat on the Left (shown above)

Lunch served daily  11am-3pm   Dinner served daily  415pm -9pm

For more information on planning a Maui Honeymoon or Vacation contact Linda Dancer – Maui Master Destination Specialist

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

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
Hawaii:

Relaxation

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

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.

Koloa-Landing

 

Lodging

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:

Snorkeling

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

Zip
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
lifetime!

** Guest post by Hannah Vergara   – Hannah@leadtoconversion.com –

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

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.

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Dining in Lahaina Town Jun 06

Lahaina is certainly one area that you will visit during your stay  on the island of Maui.  So many wonderful dining opportunities  are available, these are a few of my favorites :

Lahaina Grill

Located 127 Lahainaluna Road , Lahaina      (808) 667-5117

Open nightly from 530pm – Voted best Maui Restaurant 21 years in a row (1994-2014)  by the Honolulu Magazine Readers poll – featuring innovative New American cuisine, Lahaina Grill uses techniques and flavors from around the world,all blended with the freshest ingredients cultivated by Maui’s local farms, dairies and local waters.

Betty’s Beach Café

Located in The Shops at  505 /  505 Front Street , Lahaina  (808) 662-0300

Features tasty island treats for breakfast, lunch and dinner – 8:00am – 10:00pm

Cheese Burger in Paradise

811 Front Street , Lahaina    Open  800am – 1000pm

Serving Breakfast, lunch and  dinner –  I don’t cheat very often, but it so hard to resist their burgers and fries for sure

Pacific ‘ O  

Located 505 Front Street #114  Lahaina –   beautiful ocean front dining   (808) 667- 4341

For over 20 years Pacific ‘ O has been bringing a fine dining farm to table experience to Lahaina

Chef Anton Haines – continues to amaze with  his contemporary twist to the menu utilizing the freshest ingredients from local farms and the sea.

Aloha Mixed Plate

1285 Front Street, Lahaina  (808) 661-3322

Features dishes influence by the diverse ethnic groups that call Hawai’i home.

Food served on a paper plate has never tasted better – Salads, Mixed Plates, Noodles , Burgers and Sandwiches

Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner served daily

Feast at LeLe

LeLe the ancient name for Lahaina – is the home of  Feast at LeLe oceanfront Luau

505 Front Street –  www.feastatlele.com

 

I hope you enjoy visiting some of my favorite restaurants on Maui. 

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

Email:  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Email:   linda@honeymoonsinc.com