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Tahiti Nui -Hanalei Restaurant Oct 03

Since 1963, this iconic restaurant in Hanalei has been serving specialties like fresh fish and kalua pork sandwiches to locals and visitors alike. A great place to people watch while sitting on the open-air porch enjoying one of their “world-famous” mai-tais. Live Hawaiian music often adds to the Spirit of Aloha and when you attend their weekly luau, it is more like attending a backyard BBQ bash with your friends and family – I highly suggest it !

Movie Buff ?  Actors George Clooney and Beau Bridges filmed a scene from the movie “The Descendants” in Tahiti Nui – check out my blog post for Kauai Movie Tours  

For group or other other information email them  at nanea.nui@gmail.com   or give them a call (808) 826-6277   Or checkout their website www.thenui.com

Looking to book your Destination Wedding, Honeymoon or once in a lifetime trip to Kauai?  Contact Kauai Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer with Honeymoons,Inc. 

Direct Line (828) 256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   or email her  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

Kauai’s Princeville Ranch Adventures Sep 26

Princeville Ranch Adventures introduces Professional Zipline Action Photography–

Off to zipline

Off to zipline

Located on the north shore of Kaua’i  Princeville Ranch Adventures offers visitors to Kaua’i so many opportunities for once in lifetime experiences. Their  Zip N’ Dip and Zip Express tours are wonderful and are not to be missed and to make this experience even better they have now added professionally shot zipline photos without all the fuzz and blurs of personal cameras. Princeville Ranch Adventures and Snapsportz have teamed up to introduce a state-of-the-art automatic camera system designed to capture professional action images. Photos are automatically snapped as guests zip across scenic valleys in the ranch interior which can be either be printed or saved onto a souvenir USB stick to take home.

Princeville Ranch Adventures is family owned and operated since 1978, looking to travel travel and have a question for them  email  info@princevilleranch.com or call them (808) 826-7669.

Looking to travel to Kaua’i?

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

Email   linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Enhancements at Kauai Beach Resort Aug 01

One of my favorite hotels on the island of Kaua’i, Aqua Kauai Beach Resort offers guest so much:

Guest Rooms are of traditional plantation-style rooms and suites with private balconies that showcase views of the ocean,beach and mountains:

Choose from 4 dining options from casual grab & go breakfasts to poolside cocktails and Pacific Island Cuisine :

Enhanced experience by adding a six-foot circular fire pit at the SHUTTERS FIRESIDE LOUNGE and newly installed custom artwork glass by Jules Cannon of Sun Solutions at the Naupaka Terrace.

Four Saline Swimming Pools including 2 Lagoon Pools with Waterfalls, 75 Ft Lava Tube Waterslide and Two Whirlpool  Spas :

** sip tropical Mai Tais or Lava Flows at the poolside Driftwood Bar & Grille

Rental Car Agency on site if you want to take advantage of resort airport transportation, Market Shop, Conference Center – great for small groups or family reunion space, private beach and Fitness Center:

Art & Wine Thursdays are a signature event at the resort on every first Thursday of the month from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Held in the lower lobby an art and wine reception featuring a different wine region from around the world each month.

Aqua Kauai Beach Resort is also a great destination to host your destination wedding -several ceremony locations within the 25 acres of lush grounds and a dedicated team to plan every detail.

To get started planning  your trip to Kaua’i contactLinda Dancer Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

The Beautiful Flowers of Hawai’i May 16

Hawaiian flora is as diverse as the Hawaiian Islands – they grow on.  A subtropical region blessed with soil heavy laden with volcanic ash and a near perfect climate combine to make the Hawaiian Islands a perfect place to grow so many different types of flora. Regardless of where you travel throughout the islands you will find amazing flora in abundance in trees, shrubs and flowers , in some cases gorgeous flowers growing in the midst of ancient lava rocks.

Not all flowers that you see growing throughout the islands are native, many were introduced to the islands by various settlers over the years. The arrival of migrant works to the Hawaiian Islands brought a rich influx of  flowers and although they brought much beauty to the island unfortunately it led to the disappearance of many endemic varieties of flora because of the changes in the environment caused by the introduction of these species.

Hawaiian flowers are not known only for their beauty but also for the scents that waft through the air – often you can smell them before you see them because of their fragrance. Flowers such as the ones pictured here Hibiscus, Pikake and Hawaiian rose are used for perfumes, many varieties  of Orchids, Crown Flower, Tuberose, and Plumeria  are used to make beautiful leis. Several botanical gardens are located in the Hawaiian Islands and is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy so many of these beautiful flowers.

Hibiscus grown in so many colors ( Yellow is the Hawaii State Flower) is often used to convey a symbolic message. Did you know – that  if you see a woman with a hibiscus blossom worn on her left ear it means the woman is in a relationship and not interested in another man. If you see a woman with a hibiscus in her right ear – she is not dating anyone and is single. Just in case you ever wondered.   

I encourage you to slow down a bit as you travel throughout the islands and do take time to enjoy these beautiful flowers and enjoy the tropical fragrance.

To get started planning your trip to Hawaii :
Contact: Linda Dancer   Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email:  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Kauai’s Kilohana Plantation Apr 18

Visitors to Kilohana Plantation are offered a glimpse into Kauai’s agricultural history.  Built by Gaylord Parke Wilcox in 1935, the 16,000 square foot tudor style mansion was thought to be one of the most beautiful in all of Hawaii with lavish grounds and furniture, a reflection of the prosperity brought by sugar. Once sugarcane was king on Kauai and covered  large plantations of land throughout the island. The mansion was severely damaged by Hurricane Iwa in 1983, but has been completely restored, rooms that once served as the family homestead are now repurposed as a gift shop, galleries, a lounge and award winning Gaylord’s Restaurant.

Kilohana Plantation was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1974 and named a State of Hawaii Historic Landmark in 1993.

Kauai Plantation Railway  takes you on a 40-minute tour of the 105 acre Historic Kilohana Sugar Plantation – the Conductor-Narrator will introduce you to herds of Wild Pigs, Goats and Sheep – feed them if you wish, you will also see Cattle and Clydesdales. Travel through fields of fruit orchards, fields including pineapples and learn about Kauai’s agriculture history. Combined with a hike into the enchanted Kahuna Nui Valley – see amazing floral canopies, tropical forest, feed wild peacocks and play on rope swings.  Enjoy your gourmet deli lunch under the shade of Norfolk Pine Trees.

Luau Kalamaku (Kauai’s Only Theatrical Luau) is now offered at the plantation on Tuesday evenings – or  for added romance reserve the Plantation Owner’s Evening  where you will be greeted with a fresh floral lei and champagne.

Koloa Rum Company established in 2009 has won numerous awards – tasting room and company store.

I encourage you to take time to visit Kilohana Plantation during your visit to the island of Kauai  and take a glimpse of Kauai’s past.

Kilohana Plantation is located on Route 50, 1.4 miles north of Lihue- (808) 245-5608

For more information on Kilohana Plantation or booking your visit to Kauai, contact Linda Dancer 

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

 

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Kaua’i Museum – Hawaiian Pa’ina Begins Feb 28

 

Kaua'i Museum

Kaua’i Museum

Kaua’i Museum begins Hawaiian Pa’ina every first Friday of the month.

Featuring culinary favorites from award-winning Chef Mark Oyama and live Hawaiian Music. Hosted in the newly renovated courtyard from 11:30 am – 1:30pm

The Hawaiian Pa’ina costs only $20 for adults(children ages  5-10  cost $8.00)

I always stronly encourage my clients to visit the Kaua’i Museum and to be able to combine with lunch and Hawaiian music is all more reason to go.

Sugar Boiling Pot

Sugar Boiling Pot

 

Kaua’i Museum is located     4428 Rice Street/ Lihue,  HI 96766

Phone 808-245-6931

For more information  check out their website  www.kauaimuseum.org

Be sure and check out their gift shop as well !

To get started planning your trip to Kaua’i contact Linda Dancer

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

Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

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Are you a movie buff or just like to explore? Jan 17

From Elvis Presley’s  Blue Hawaii  to George Clooney’s  The Descendants – the island of  Kauai has so many opportunities to explore famous movie locations.  This fun filled 6-hour tour is complete with lunch, air conditioned mini-bus complete with TV viewing of  famous movie clips  so that when you are driving from one site to the next you can be ready to explore the next stop.

From the first stop  at Wailua Falls —  (Fantasy Island opening scenes, Castaway Cowboy and The Amazing Race and Tropic Thunder)

Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls

Other highlights include: Hanamaulu Bay, Opaekaa Falls, Moloaa Bay, Coco Palms ( Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii )  and some scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean, Hanalei Valley, Hanalei Bay,  and most recently  George Clooney’s The Descendants.

Lunch is included at the rustic  Tahiti Nui Restaurant – featured in The Descendants

Tahiti Nui

Tahiti Nui

** Children under the age of free but must ride on the parents lap/ or purchase a children’s tour price ticket

** Price includes pickup from your hotel / but if you are staying in Princeville area there will be an additional fee of $9.90

** Tour last approximately  six hours  800am – 300pm

For more information  check out the website or contact Kauai Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer

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

Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Remember the best way to enjoy the Hawaiian Islands is to get out and Explore !

 

 

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Top 5 Reasons To Choose Kaua’i Dec 20

The state of Hawai’i is composed of eight main islands that are a beauty to behold. When thinking of making a trip there you may have trouble deciding which island is the ideal destination of beauty and activity. Though with each island there is a wealth of opportunity to enjoy your time, Kaua’i stands alone as the best choice for your vacation destination! Here are a few reasons that Kauai stands alone as your best bet for a memorable experience.

More Culture with Less Tourism

No other island allows you to explore its personal culture like Kaua’i does. The island is the least populated with tourists and with that there are more ample opportunities to explore the natives’ culture through dance, food and conversation. Explore a diverse people who welcome the opportunity to share with you a part of their daily lives. No matter what direction you wish to go, you will find a little something new to experience in your full immersion into a cultural delight.

The “Garden Isle”

With four official botanical gardens, Kaua’i never ceases to please the green thumbed and minded individual. Known specifically as the “Garden Isle”, Kaua’i is a must see experience for anyone. There are many different options when it comes to plant sightseeing and you will never run out of options on where to go next! The exotic plant life will be sure to “wow” you!

Unforgettable Beaches

Between the secret, secluded beaches filled with white sands and the shockingly beautiful sunsets, it is no wonder that many weddings take place on the sandy shores of Kaua’i. Whether you wish to go for a walk on the coast or lay out in the sun with the sand underneath you, you will be pleasantly surprised on this one of a kind island. With many luxurious Poipu beach hotels to choose from, you will be sure to find more opportunities to explore the beauty and relaxation of the Kaua’i beaches right from your front door.

Hiking Trails to Brag About

Between the most popular Na Pali coast and Waimea Canyon, you will find yourself hiking with memories and bragging rights galore. No matter where you decide to go you will always find yourself in a place full of beauty and splendor. On top of that you can find yourself on the sites of where many different movies were filmed. Go on your own or hire someone as your guide, either way it is an experience that one could only dream of!

 

Surfing Opportunities like None Other

With a lack of competitors in the water sports, there are more ample opportunities to find that perfect wave you were looking for. What’s even better is the fact that if you are only a beginner, you can flop around in the waves where no one will cast a judgmental eye at you. Whether you are an experienced surfer or not, Kauai’s Outfitters are more than happy to get you set up!

Dream Big On Your Vacation

The enjoyment of a vacation is the opportunity to explore and experience something original and beautiful. It is with this that Kaua’i offers ample opportunity to do just that. If you’re looking for an incredible story, the perfect pictures or memories to last you a lifetime, then look no further. Kaua’i welcomes your visit and is sure to make a lasting impression! After all,  Kaua’i is  Hawai’i’s “Island of Discovery” some make your plans soon to come explore this beautiful island.

** Guest Blog Post by Hannah Vergara  for Koloa Landing- Kauai’s luxury beach Villas

To book your dream vacation to Kaua’i contact: Linda Dancer  – Kaua’i Destination Specialist

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

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Exploring Hawaiian Culture Nov 01

Flower Lei

The Hawaiian Lei is a garland made most often from a variety of fresh flowers and for many the symbol of ALOHA welcoming visitors to the islands, but it also plays a huge role historically as one of the romantic icons of Hawaiian Culture for it is given as a gesture of love.  Women normally prefer the fresh blossoms of tropical flowers such as orchids while men prefer the glossy maile vine draped untied around the neck.
**Take the smell of your fresh lei home with you by purchasing at the airport after you clear security check point or many shops will arrange for your lei to be packaged and shipped directly to your home.

Amazing WillieK

Hawaiian Music such as local favorite WillieK shown here plays a huge part in Hawaiian Culture and through out the islands there are several Slack Key Guitar and ‘ukulele festivals and weekly performances for visitors to enjoy check with your hotel concierge to see who might be playing. I have purchased several of these Hawaiian music CD’s to transport me back to the islands. In addition to Slack Key and ‘ukulele look for performances of Hawaiian reggae, hip hop and modern beats as well.

Hula

Born in Hawai’i the Hula uses the entire body to tell the story of myths and legends of Hawaiian culture. Hula tells the story through dance,stories,language,chants,mele(song), as well as through the plants  that many of the instruments and adornments the performers wear are made from.
The world’s premier hula event-The Merrie Monarch(named  after King David Kalakaua) is held every year on Hawai’i Island, the week long festival features both kahiko ancient hula(before 1820) and ‘auwana modern hula(after 1915). **King Kalakaua felt that “Hula” is the language of the heart,and the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.

Lei Making Classes

Throughout the islands, resorts (such as Hyatt Regency Waikiki shown here)offer cultural lessons such as lei making and hula lessons so check with your hotel concierge to see what opportunities might be available for you to enjoy.
Hawai’i is an experience that stays in your heart forever-enhance your experience by participating in Hawaiian Culture.
For more information on Hawaiian Culture
Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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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

‘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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