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Hawaii’s National Parks Nov 13

Visiting Hawaii’s National Parks gives visitors the opportunity to blend history and culture into their itinerary. These national parks, monuments and historical sites allow visitors to explore, learn and get inspired.

On Hawai’i Island, visitors can walk in the footsteps of King Kamehameha the Great at Puukuhola Heiau, the largest restored heiau (temple)in Hawaii, visit Pu’uhonua O Honaunau and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Pu’uhonua O Honaunau

Visitors, especially history buffs visiting O’ahu will enjoy a visit to Pearl Harbor, the only naval base in the United States designated a National Historical Landmark. Pearl Harbor honors its history with four museums: the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

     Arizona Memorial

Arizona Memorial

Visitors to Maui rise very early in the morning to witness a magnificent sunrise on Haleakala the island’s highest peak. Haleakala National Park is comprised of more than 30,000 acres of public land and covers a range of natural environments and is home to many endangered species. This is also the home of the famous sunrise downhill bike ride experience.

      Haleakala

Haleakala

Kalaupapa National Historical Park is located on the island of Molokai and is accessible only by the mule ride, hiking tour or air from Kalaupapa’s small commuter airport. The park was once a place of refuge for Hansen’s Disease patients and remains one of the most remote settlements in Hawaii.

Kalaupapa National Park

Kalaupapa National Park

 

For more information on visiting Hawaii’s National Parks or to plan your trip to the Hawaiian Islands contact Linda Dancer – Hawaii Master Destination Specialist.

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

 

 

 

 

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Waterfalls & Gardens on Hawaii Island Aug 07

 

 

Umauma Falls

Umauma Falls

World Botanical Gardens and Umauma Falls  is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Hawai’i, and a must to include on your list of things to do while visiting Hawaii Island Visitors Bureau and to experience Hawaii’s Natural Beauty. Visitors can experience this beautiful garden by car and on foot. Drive to view exotic palms, banana, kukui and hala trees en route to the spectacular triple-tiered Umauma Falls. Along the way you wind through hau, hibiscus and native Hawaiian plants to the lush Rainforest Walk  that grow along the Honopueo Stream and grims with tropical plants such as ginger, heliconia, green and red jade vine and bamboo. Rainbow Gardens filled with orchids, bromeliads, palms, ti, cinnamon, allspice, the pencil tree and other tropical species. Allow time during your visit to see the adjacent Arboreteum and the Children’s Maze to wander around at your own pace.

The guided tour of the gardens takes approximately 2 hours with horticulturist and Garden Director Dr. Lanny Neel, every Monday and Thursday or by appointment with catered lunch or bring a picnic lunch.

Enjoy the gardens via Segway Tour  or through the air by zipline

Call (808) 963-5427 to schedule your guided tour- Reservations are required or 1-888-947-4753

Directions : From Kona: Take Hwy 19 through Waimea south to Mile Marker 16 and turn right at the sign.  From Hilo: Take Hwy 19 north to Mile Marker 16- left at the sign.

World Botanical Gardens & Umauma Falls  Hours  Open Daily 9am – 5:30pm

To get started planning your visit to Hawaii  contact  Linda Dancer  Hawaii Master Destination Specialist

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

Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival – 2015 -O’ahu Jul 17

The O’ahu portion of the prestigious Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival will be held on the island from September 9th-13th, 2015 in the Ko Olina Resort. Event chairs are Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Chef Alan Wong each of these chefs have received numerous international awards and have award winning restaurants on O’ahu that are a must do before you leave the island. The Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival takes place over two weeks with the first portions on Hawai’i Island and Maui before coming over to O’ahu with a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers. The festival showcases wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of locally grown produce, seafood, beef and poultry.

Ko Olina Resort

Ko Olina Resort

Community Beneficiaries of the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival include the Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation, Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Leeward Community College, Paepae o He’eia  and Papahana Kuaola – these projects help to show efforts being made to return Hawai’i to a sustainable eco-system of agriculture, environment and economy.  Paepae o He’eia  is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for and protecting an ancient Hawaiian fishpond located in He’eia, Ko’olaupoko, O’ahu working in partnership with the land owner and volunteers to maintain the fishpond for the community.

Volunteers at He'eia Fishpond repairing the wall

Volunteers at He’eia Fishpond repairing the wall

If you plan on attending the Festival on O’ahu these hotels are offering special rates  The Kahala, Halekulani, The Modern Honolulu, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Disney’s Aulani and Outrigger Resorts.

Please be advised that no one under the age of 21 (including children in strollers accompanied by their parens) will be admitted to Festival events(unless specified) You will need to bring a valid government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport for proof of age- strictly enforced.  Other details including where to purchase tickets, event schedules  and so forth can be found on the festival’s website.

For more information about booking your trip to Hawai’i  – Contact Linda Dancer – Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or by Email Linda@honeymoosinc.com

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

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.

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

 

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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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

Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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