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The Royal Hawaiian – introduces the “Mailani Tower” Jun 19

The Royal Hawaiian

From the moment the Royal Hawaiian first opened its doors in 1927, the “Pink Palace of the Palace” has been amazing guests, and with the opening of the Mailani Tower in April, this tradition continues.  Mailani (treated in a royal manner) in the Hawaiian language offers the sophistication and luxury that today’s travelers are used to experiencing, but yet maintaining the grace and charm of the original resort. Each of the 179 guest rooms and suites that make up the Mailani Tower offer a lanai with stunning ocean or pool views.

** The Mailani Tower experience begins at the Mailani-only reception area with dedicated concierge, and throughout guest stay the concierge team works to ensure that guest individual needs are provided to the hotel staff.

** Exclusive Mailani lounge offers guests a tranquil place to enjoy Executive Chef Hans Stierli’s deluxe continental breakfast beginning with champagne mimosas. Evenings in the Mailani Lounge offer beer and wine selections, a signature Luxury Collection cocktail prepared by the resort’s mixologist along with hors devours.

The resort is offering some great promotional rates through December 25th to celebrate the opening of the Mailani Tower – contact Linda Dancer  for more details or to book your stay at The Royal Hawaiian in the new Mailani Tower.

Contact Linda via  Email   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or  Direct Line  828-256-1520

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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







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  – 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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‘AHA’AINA A Royal Celebration Jan 04

'AHA'AINA Program

‘AHA’AINA  is not your typical luau, in fact before what we know as luau’s today there was ‘AHA’AINA -a feast of food, mele(song) and hula. Hawaiian people have been coming together since ancient times to celebrate momentous occasions, they called these gatherings ‘AHA’AINA (which translated means gathering for a meal). It is only fitting that this  Royal Celebration is held on the lawn at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki. The Royal Hawaiian is situated on sacred grounds and this celebration honors its location by telling the story of the land’s history through food, song, stories, hula and cultural displays.
With the majestic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head standing proud in the back ground, the ‘Aha’Aina production is composed of three acts.  As guests enter the oceanfront luau for the evening, displays of traditional Hawaiian cultural activities such as poi-pounding, kapa-making (cloth made from pounding bark) and na lawai’a (tending of fishing tools)are available.
Breathtaking setting

 Guest are called to the feast by the sound of a pu (conch shell) once guest are seated, the storyteller begins the evening by explaining the true significance of lei giving and how important  ancient Waikiki was to Hawaiian society. Pristine shoreline once dotted by loko i’a (fishponds) and together with the fertile marshlands were cultivated with lush lo’i kalo (taro patches) and sustained thousands of Hawaiians living along the Waikiki shoreline. Through the acts of ‘AHA’AINA  guest revisit this dynamic community, as it might have been found centuries ago and share a greater cultural understanding of ancient Hawaiian society.

Instead of luau buffet lines, guests of ‘AHA’AINA  enjoy sit down dinner service, open bar and incredibly talented entertainment.As dishes of exotic and savory specialties are served, the storyteller shares about the gathering and preparation of traditional Hawaiian cuisine.To ancient Hawaiians  food was a gift that was to be treasured and shared among family and friends.
The Story

As the Helumoa(the legendary playground of Hawaiian Royalty where The Royal Hawaiian now stands) story unfolds, guest are introduced to Ka’auhelemoa, the mythical rooster that scratched the earth that would become the famed Helumoa coconut grove. As the story continues  guest are introduced to Kamehameha’s 1795 Warriors, 1800’s: Monarchy Fashion Show woth Royal Guard, 1927: Surfing legends the Royal Hawaiian Beach Boys, 1940‘s: The U.S. Military takes over the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 1950’s-1960’s: Hawai’i Calls Tribute and 1970’s: Supper Club performances, concluding with a Samoan Fire Knife Dance. Lastly, Aloha’Oe is sung by the composer, Hawai’i’s Queen Lili’uokalani- the song of love and farewell.

Currently held every Monday evening on The Royal Hawaiian’s Ocean lawn, I would strongly suggest that if you are on Oahu on a Monday evening from 530pm to 830pm, you contact the Starwood dining desk at (808) 921-4600 for reservations.

Currently the price is $169 per adult, $97 children (5-12 years)+ tax / includes service charge and gratuity **nominal seat only charge for children under 5 years

**Special rates for resort guest and  Premium seating is available for an additional charge

The Royal Hawaiian is located 2259 Kalakaua Avenue,Honolulu HI 96815 (808) 923-7311

Contact Linda Dancer – Oahu Specialist  by  Email  or  Phone   (828) 256- 1520 Direct Line to plan your stay at The Royal Hawaiian Resort –  Be watching for future blog post on  The Royal Hawaiian Resort and  Sheraton Waikiki.

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New from The Royal Hawaiian – Curators of Hawaiian Music Jul 31

New announcement from The Royal Hawaiian, one of O’ahu’s best known luxury resorts, located on Waikiki Beach. Don’t miss these exciting and unique music performances on your next Hawaii trip!

The Royal Hawaiian – Curators of Hawaiian Music

Beginning July 9, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki, celebrates its return to grandeur with an indigenous music series in the “Carnegie Hall of the Pacific,” the Monarch Room.  The “Curators of Hawaiian Music” is a weekly cocktail-style event with two performances each Thursday evening by award-winning local musicians. The series was created in an effort to bring the rich musical legacy of The Royal back to life and to pay tribute to Hawaiian culture as part of the re-culturalization of Waikiki.

The show is scheduled on Thursday nights beginning July 9, 2009-December 24, 2009 and includes performances by talented Hawaiian entertainers:

Performer: Makana

His name means gift, and his music is just that – a gift for the senses. Blending elements as diverse as folk, classic and rock, Makana has taken slack guitar to whole new heights. Don’t miss this very special performance!

  • Hawaiian Slack Key, World Fusion Influence
  • Performance Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009
  • First Show: 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Second Show: 8:30pm-9:30pm
  • Doors open 30 minutes prior
  • Merchandise sales immediately following the performances.
  • Autograph signing after show for 20-30 minutes staged in the Coronet Lounge.

Learn more at and contact to book your next Hawaii trip!

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O’ahu Special – The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki Jul 10

The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort – An extraordinary experience awaits on the shores of Waikiki!

The fames Pink Palace of the Pacific has set the standard for luxury travel for more than 80 years.The Royal Hawaiin, a Luxury Collection Resort, which mesmerized Hawaii’s early travelers, re-opened its doors as Waikiki’s most inspiring destination in 2009.

Emerging from a multi-million dollar re-imagination with a radiant new facade and entirely new aesthetic, the Royall Hawaiian offers discerning travelers ad redefined luxury experience complete with rich tradition, exclusive settings and amenities. Set on 14 beach front acres, the Royal Hawaiian will capture the imagination with its opulent architecture and storied history amid Diamond Head’s picturesque setting.

The Royal Hawaiian has again redefined luxury with their indulgent Taste of Luxury Package: Rates starting at $390.00!


  • Breakfast for two daily
  • All taxes and gratuities
  • Royal signature banana bread amenity on arrival
  • Orchid lei greeting
  • Complementary historical tours and cultural activities daily

**Minimum three night length of stay. Valid for booking and travel immediately through December 20, 2009. Rate above is per room per night.

Contact me today to take advantage of this special offer!!

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