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“Sea of Love” Valentine’s Day Dinner Jan 24

Are you lucky enough to be on Maui for Valentine’s Day and trying to think of something out of the box to do for dinner?  Maybe you should consider one of the island’s most unique dinner opportunities for Valentine’s Day  the  “Sea of Love” dinner at Maui Ocean Center. This signature event features semi-private seating among the Aquarium’s exhibits and a four-course menu prepared by James Beard Nominee Chef Henry Tariga and the award-winning Seascape Maalaea Restaurant.  

Dinner is $99 plus gratuity and tax per person and includes a lei greeting for the ladies, complimentary welcome glasses of sparkling wine.

Seating times are from 6:00pm – 8:00pm  – Reservations are required and are available by calling (808) 270-7088 – Mon-Fri (9am-4pm)  Seating is limited so I suggest you call soon to make your reservations .

Maui Ocean Center  "Sea of Love" Dinner

Maui Ocean Center
“Sea of Love” Dinner

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

Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Helpful Travel Tips for Hawai’i Nov 08

Aloha Bus

Welcome to Hawaii

 

There are direct flights to Maui, Kaua’i and Hawai’i Island from many west coast cities, but many visitors  to Hawai’i arrive through Honolulu International Airport and then a short flight over to the outer islands. Currently all major domestic air carriers and 14 international carriers fly into Honolulu, O’ahu.

Once you have arrived to your island of choice, many ground transportation options are available for you but by far, rental cars are the most popular option because you will want to explore the island you are visiting and a rental car gives you the most freedom to do so. Lock your doors and don’t leave any personal belongings in your unattended vehicle.

In addition to rental cars, round trip airport transfers, local buses such as the Aloha Bus, motorcycles, rental bikes and mopeds are available. Depending upon the resort destination you have confirmed your hotel in, there are also shuttles that run between shopping and dining options such as within Wailea and Kaanapali Beach Resort areas on Maui.

Some other helpful tips:

Time Zone : Hawai’i Standard Time  is the time zone for the Hawai’i Islands. ** Hawai’i doesn’t observe daylight savings time, so remember to add one hour to the time difference when visiting during (March to early November)

Area Code:  The area code for the entire state is 808– Hawai’i has very strict cell phone laws requiring the use of a hands-free device while driving.

Ocean Safety: You are on vacation, and although the ocean is Hawai’i’s playground to ensure a safe time while on vacation heed the warning signs posted about dangerous currents and offshore winds found in certain areas.Don’t stray far from shore and do not ignore warning signs when swimming,kayaking,stand up paddle boarding or windsurfing. For extra safety try to visit beaches that provide a lifeguard. For information about beach safety  Hawaii Ocean Safety.

Island Dress Code: You are on vacation no need to bring a suit and tie. “Resort Wear”  is appropriate even at the most luxurious of resorts throughout the islands which is considered shorts,polo shirts,sundresses, T-Shirts  and Aloha Shirts, jeans – but do check the restaurant dress codes as some will require long pants and collared shirt for gentleman.

***** It is a custom in Hawai’i to slip off your shoes when entering a home. 

USDA Inspections: The USDA enforces strict rules regarding the importation and exportation of uninspected plants and animals. Before landing in Hawai’i you will fill out a form to declare such items that you are bringing to the island/ likewise / When departing your luggage must pass through a pre-flight check and a sticker placed on your bag as proof it has been inspected for fresh flowers or fruits that visitors might try to sneak home. You can purchase fresh pineapples and flower leis  that have been inspected once you clear security to take home with you. For more information check out the USDA website

Other Helpful Hawaii Tips can be found at Travel Smart Hawaii

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

Email Address: 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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Whaler’s Village (Maui) offers so much! Sep 27

Whaler's Village

Whaler’s Village Shopping Center located on Ka’anapali Beach, Maui offers visitors over 90 shops, beachfront dining at several restaurants, historical displays at the Whalers Village Museum and so much more. An eclectic mix of art galleries (http://www.lahainaprintsellers.com), clothing shops for all ages such as Blue Ginger, Pacific Treasures Boutique, BillaBong(Love the Sanuk Get Leid Loafers), Honolua Surf Co., Honolua Wahine and Tori Richard, Fine jewelry such as Baron & Leeds, Brighton(ask about their Hawai’i charm bracelet), Maui Divers, Na Hoku and Pandora. Have a long list of folks back home that you need to buy some special souvenir for? Not to worry you can find it at Whaler’s Village at stores such  ABC Stores, Honolulu Cookie Company,Martin & MacArthur, Totally Hawaiian Gift Gallery, Maui Toy Works, SWAROVSKI or something totally unique Lahaina Scrimshaw.
If during your shop till you drop outing at Whaler’s Village you should get hungry or thirsty  that is covered at the Food Court as well with everything from  Nikki’s Pizza, Subway,McDonald’s Express, Dragon Wall Express followed by something to cool you off at Haagen-Dazs or Yogurtland. Check out what is happening on Centerstage as well during your visit Lei-Making Classes, Hula Lessons and more.
But then there are those those romantic evenings on Maui, where you look  for the perfect mix  of sunsets  and fine dining-Whaler’s Village has that covered too!

Lei Lani's

Oceanfront dining at Leilani’s on the Beach offers the finest steaks,chops,ribs and the best of Hawaii’s fresh local fish and seafood, and the team at Leilani’s do an amazing job with intimate birthday parties, engagement dinners or rehearsal dinners (reservations accepted and suggested).Hula Grill offers live entertainment daily combined with wonderful island flavors, or Maui Fish & Pasta offers farm to table menu just steps from the beach, open air atmosphere overlooking the ocean,what better way to spend Happy Hour – Early Bird Specials –
The Star of the Show!

 

And then there are the Whales!

If you are lucky enough to visit Maui or her sister islands of Molokai or Lanai  during whale season, the star of the show will be the whales, and this one decided to visit while we were dining at Maui Fish & Pasta, so just another reason to visit Whaler’s Village. You just can’t plan these magical experiences so always have your camera handy so you do not miss the opportunity to catch them.

Whaler’s Village is Located on beautiful  Ka’anapali Beach:
2435 Ka’anapali Parkway – Lahaina, Maui  Hawai’i 96761 / Hours Daily: 930am-1000pm 
PARKING: Available in the multilevel parking garage adjacent to Whaler’s Village.
SHUTTLE SERVICE – Catch the free Ka’anapali Resort Shuttle from your hotel /the trolley picks up various times of the day  from 1000am to 1000pm from several hotels and resorts throughout the Ka’anapali Resort   OR the Lahaina Shuttle  is also an option for a nominal fee- Check with your hotel concierge for pick-up times and locations  depending upon your dates of travel.
Ka’anapali Beachwalk  if you are staying  at resorts  such as the Hyatt Regency Maui, Westin Maui, Ka’anapali Alii  a short walk from your resort along the ocean is another option for you.
Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 /Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331
Exploring Maui’s Hana Coast Aug 30

Road to Hana

The beautiful Maui town of Hana is isolated from the rest of Maui by geography and can only be accessed by a short flight into the small airport or most often  by driving the “Road to Hana”, the destination is lovely, but the journey along the Road to Hana is such an experience one should not miss when you visit Maui.  Few drives throughout the Hawaiian islands are as beautiful as the Road to Hana, complete with black sand beach,waterfalls,cliffs,rainforest and incredible ocean views.
To get to Hana, one must travel  Highway 36/ which turns into Highway 360(Hana Highway) which is a 52-mile two-lane road with over 200 hairpin turns and cross over about 50 bridges-expect the trip to take about three hours from Kahului so allow a full day for this adventure. One of the first stops along the Road to Hana is Paia, a former mill town that is today a surfer spot with several restaurants,galleries and shops
At Mile Marker 2, a great stop is  Twin Falls  (Twin Falls Fruit Stand is your landmark)

Waianapanapa Beach

I suggest you take a picnic lunch if you are driving  the Road to Hana and stop at Mile Marker 32 at Waianapanapa State Park and Beach -A beautiful black lava-sand beach, a great contrast  to the surrounding ocean and lush rainforest. Here visitors will find picnic pavillions, restrooms, walking trails and a fruit stand. Careful-this beach is more for photo opportunities than swimming, the surf on the east side is rough and can be unforgiving. Spend some extra time after lunch and walk down to the Waianapanape Caves and learn about the tragic end of Princess Popoalaea’s life as she hid in the cave. Just past the town of Hana you will find Hamoa Beach, one of the best beaches on Maui.

Oheo Gulch

 Continue on for about 10 miles further to Kipahulu area where you will find Oheo Gulch, home to the Seven Sacred Pools a series of cascading waterfalls that make for an incredible swimming hole( the water temperature is normally a little chilly). Please be advised that the pools can change with the weather as they are filled by rainwater from the mountain above. Sometimes placid fed by graceful waterfalls, but with heavy rains on the mountain the gorge can turn into a dangerous muddy torrent and should be avoided. If you have allowed enough time (about 2-2.5 hours) before you leave the park, a beautiful hike along the Pipiwai Trail through a bamboo forest up to the Waimoku Waterfall is so worth the effort.
 Although Kipahulu  is actually part of the Haleakala National Park and may not look like that big of a distance on the map, the summit of Haleakala and Kipahula area  are not near each other and it is not a good idea to try to visit both on the same day.
** Just beyond this point  you will find the grave site of Charles Lindbergh at the Kipahulu Point Light Station.

Regardless of whether you choose to drive the Road to Hana yourself, or let someone else do the driving such as the tour that I took with Valley Isle Exursions so you can enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, just do it. Having done it both ways, I must say I enjoyed the day I spent with Valley Isle Excursions much more, I was able to relax and just take in the scenery that I missed before driving and trying to keep up with mile markers and landmarks.

Some pointers for driving the Road to Hana :     
* Be sure and take something if you get car sick
* Remember if you want to swim in the Seven Sacred Pools or visit any of the beaches to bring your swimsuit, a change of clothes and beach towels.
* I suggest maybe taking an old pair of sneakers that you do not mind getting dirty so you can hike to the waterfalls and other sites along the way
* Don’t forget  sunscreen, mosquito repellent and I normally take a small cooler of bottled water
* Very few options for getting gasoline in your car  so make sure you start out with a full tank of gas-Fill up in Hana before heading on to Oheo Gulch – the gas station closes early
* Get an early start, you won’t be as rushed, I always leave my resort by around 6:00am or so to try to beat the traffic as much as possible
* There are some road side stands to purchase fresh fruits and local crafts but vendors rarely have change for large bills or operate on the honor system so I try to take one dollar bills for this reason
* Start  your trip back to your resort before dark, I really would not suggest you drive the Road to Hana at night
With a little pre planning your trip on the Road to Hana will be something you remember forever. The Road to Hana is all about what lies just beyond the next curve in the road!
Contact: Linda Dancer   Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com Direct Line:828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331
Mendes Ranch – See Maui on Horseback! Jul 26

Breathtaking views

Family owned and operated  the Mendes Ranch offers visitors to Maui an opportunity to see Maui on horseback (they also offer ATV tours) while getting to know this wonderful family. The original Mendes arrived in Maui from the Azores Island,Portugal in 1866. The ranch is located on land homesteaded in the 1940’s by Manuel Mendes “Red” and his son Ernest Mendes, hard to say how they survived those early years of roughing it out on the ranch with no electricity, no running water,dirt roads over rocky terrain but somehow they managed. Now the ranch is ran by Ernest son Allan J Mendes, the ranch has grown to 3000 acres, 300 head of cattle and 80 horses.
The journey begins at the corral where you are greeted by real Paniolo’s(cowboys) you are introduced to your horse. Trail rides  take you across an actual working cattle ranch past breathtaking views such as the one featured here, through rolling pastures into lush rain forest and gaze down into Eki Crater to view some of Maui’s largest waterfalls. Narrated tours continue down the mountain where you will see Hawaiian taro patches and plantation homes, continue along Waihe’e Valley to the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean with amazing photo opportunities such  the one shown here of Pete & Terrie(two of my favorite clients) during their recent visit.

Pete & Terrie

In addition to horseback tours the ranch is now offering ATV rides  combined with a short walking tour with their guide as they share Maui history and the rich heritage of the Mendes Ranch.  ATV tours are 1 hour long and come with refreshments, various times are available,  long pants and closed toe shoes are required, helmets and eye protection are required and provided.
Looking for a unique wedding location?  A wedding gazebo situated on the top of a bluff provides unobstructed coastal views, imagine this setting as the sun begins to set over the mountain.
For more information on horseback or ATV tours  or Wedding information their email is  info@mendesranch.com.
Location:  3530 Kahekili Hwy. , Kahakuloa, Maui, Hawaii 96793
Ranch Office: (808) 244-7320   Reservations: (808) 871-5222
Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line (828) 256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331
Tedeschi Vineyards – Maui’s Winery Jun 07

Most everyone wants to visit Maui for golden beaches, fabulous resorts along the coast, and to play in the beautiful blue of the Pacific ocean, but personally I also love to go Upcountry, taking the scenic drive along Hwy 37, just past the tiny town of Keokea, this is where you will find Tedeschi Vineyards – Maui’s Winery.

   Maui’s Winery is situated on the historic grounds of what was once known as Rose Ranch where King Kalakaua came to relax, the cottage housing the tasting room was built for King Kalakaua, as you stroll throughout the original gardens, under 100 year old trees you know you have arrived at a very special place.  Literally as you tour the grounds with the winery staff, you are walking the same pathways once taken by ali’i(royalty). Throughout the tour you will learn how many of the historic lava rock buildings are now used in the wine making process, as well as the steps necessary to produce wine.

So how did Maui’s only commercial winery come to be in the middle of Ulupalakua Ranch?  In 1974 the winery  in collaboration with the ranch  began to grow grapes in keeping with the agricultural heritage of the area,  while the grapes were growing and maturing  the winery began to experiment with  pineapples that were already plentiful on the island and produced a sparkling wine that was very well received by the public, but hard to produce they had to come up with other options a little easier to produce, after three years of experimenting  Tedeschi Vineyards released a Maui Blanc pineapple wine from local fruit. Finally in 1984 the first grape product was released in the form of :Maui Brut Sparkling, and today they have a wide variety of wines to offer.

 When you enter the tasting room, you are welcome to sample both grape and pineapple wines all made on Maui-

The tasting room is open daily  9:00am – 5:00pm

Free guided tours of the winery are offered at 10:30am and 1:30pm – no reservations are required  ( but they do make reservations for small private winery tours and tastings – and groups of 10 or more guests – contact them via email  info@mauiwine.com ).

If you go during lunch time, I suggest you go just across the  street to the Ulupalakua Ranch Store, get lunch to go and have a picnic under the majestic old trees that stand guard over the winery. If you are brave enough try the famous Ulupalakua elk burgers, but as for me still working up my courage to try that, I prefer something from the grill from Maui Cattle Company Beef, and then spend time in the winery gift shop and history room after lunch.

So how do you go Upcountry to find the Ulupalakua Ranch and Maui’s Winery ?   Located about 1 hour ‘s drive from the resort areas of Wailea and Ka’anapali.

From Central Maui, take Hana Highway (Hwy 36)  to Haleakala Highway (Hwy 37)  – at the town of Keokea, stay to the right and continue another 5.1 miles to Ulupalakua.

Maui’s Winery – P O BOX 953, Ulupalakua, Hawai’i 96790 – Toll Free 1-877-878-6058 www.mauiwine.com

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

 

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Honolua Store May 17

Honolua Store

Located in the Kapalua Resort on Maui, the Honolua Store has been providing delicious food, groceries and essentials  since 1929. Maui residents, first time visitors to Maui as well as repeat island guest can be found gathering inside the store for a causal meal and to “talk story”.  Originally built in 1929,  the building served as the company store for the thriving plantation village that would later come to be known as Kapalua Resort.
Known island wide for its speciality “Hawaiian Comfort Food” , still preparing recipes handed down from generation to generation.  Great option if you are on your Honeymoon and you want to get something to go as you drive around the island and stop for a picnic somewhere with an amazing view. Great option for families  or small groups to have them prepare catering,they have lots of options to choose from and their friendly staff  will help you come up with a plan that is perfect for your situation. Daily lunch specials, pizza, specialty salads, sandwiches and wraps, fresh from the grill burgers  and a children’s menu as well — and did I mention they have an amazing  Espresso Bar ?

Shopping is fun too!

Hours of Operation: Store 6am – 8pm /  Deli and Coffee Bar   6am – 3pm

 Breakfast  6am – 10am
 Lunch 10am – 3pm
Telephone 808-665-9105
 Email partytrayorders@kapalua.com to place your order
502 Office Road- Lahaina,Hawai’i 96761     Kapalua Resort
Contact: Linda Dancer  Phone Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Moloka’i May 03

Hotel Moloka'i

Stressed out? Need to unwind? Then I suggest you spend a few hours in one of the hammocks at Hotel Moloka’i overlooking Kamiloloa Beach,
the gentle trade breezes will remind you that you definitely are in a special place.  Although there are some rentals available, the last few times I have visited Moloka’i, Hotel Moloka’i was  my home away from home.  The Polynesian village of  two story bungalows give you all the creature comforts of home, while allowing you space to unplug from the stress of day to day activities, but don’t panic WIFI is available at the bar. Yahoo! Travel featured Hotel Moloka’i in their series on 10 amazing undiscovered islands.  Full service hotel with a restaurant, concierge service, an amazing gift shop and swimming pool.
You will not find the hustle and bustle of some of the other Hawaiian Islands, this has earned Moloka’i several nicknames such as Hawaiian by Nature and “old style Hawaii”, the birthplace of Hula but one thing for sure, with more native Hawaiians living on Moloka’i still than on any other island, you will feel the history of the island, especially when you visit Halawa Valley, Kalaupapa National Historic Park and the Ali’i Fishponds (the oldest dates to 13th century).

Saint Damien

On October 11,2009 Father Damien was elevated to sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, that event alone brought attention to this small Hawaii Island.  Quarantined for life (from 1873 till his death) in Kalaupapa to care for patients diagnosed with Hansen’s disease(leprosy). Father Damien helped build houses, an orphanage,church  and many other functions. Saint Damien’s Feast Day is celebrated on May 10th, worldwide by Catholic Churches in his honor. Two of the churches he built remain today St. Joseph of Kamalo and Our Lady of Seven Sorrows of Kalua’aha (still hosts weekly Sunday Services). Today the Kalaupapa Peninsula is a U.S. National Historical Park, you can view it from the lookout above, one-day pre-arranged visits can be done by flying in, hike or mule-ride down 1,700 feet of the highest sea cliffs on earth (be prepared to be amazed) the trail is 2.9 miles with 26 switchbacks – amazing,spiritual,breathtaking – it left me speechless. Once you reach the bottom you will be met by your guide with Damien Tours who will take  you through the peninsula. Plan carefully the park is not open on Sunday. By the time you leave the Mule Barn, you will know your mules name and be trained by company owner Buzzy Sproat, Hawaii’s resident mule expert.
Yummy

 The island of Moloka’i is working on sustainable crops and opportunities. One great example of this  is  Coffees of Hawai’i a working 660-acre coffee in central Moloka’i, and yes this signature drink is as good as it looks . Visitors can tour the farm with a buggy ride through the plantation  and sip several flavors of coffee. In addition tours into the Halawa Valley introduce you to taro cultivation, truly a engineering marvel the way the agricultural systems were put in place hundreds of years ago is amazing, but it allowed people to flourish in the small stream-fed valley. Nene geese(Hawai’i’s endangered state bird) have also been released are are successfully reproducing in the wild on Moloka’i. Work is also being done to restore some of the ancient fishponds.

 

Beautiful Beaches

There are several beautiful beaches on Moloka’i – you can get camping permits for Papohaku Beach Park and One Ali’i Beach Park from the  City & County Parks Department (808) 553-3204  or  but be advised that not all of Moloka’i beaces have restroom facilities.  Other activities that can be found on Moloka’i include  snorkeling and diving (south shore is home to Hawai’i’s longest continuous fringing reef, whale watch during whale season, deep-sea fish  and even play a round of golf at Ironwood Hills Golf Course.  Shopping in downtown Kaunakakai  you will find a little bit of everything , but you will not find any name brand stores , but all the basic necessities  of groceries,hardware,pharmacy,gourmet wine, art gallery, and local arts and crafts and the world famous Kanemitsu Bakery.

Having been blessed to visit each of the Hawaiian Islands many times, I always enjoy my time on Moloka’i, it is a spiritual retreat and heals the soul, it is easy to be transported back to a simpler time in Hawaiian History.   If you do not have time to stay on Moloka’i at least take the Moloka’i Princess Ferry  across the channel from Maui, takes about 90 minutes, one ferry in the morning and one late afternoon,rental cars can be reserved in advance. If you want to visit Kalaupapa , I would plan to spend a couple nights on island .
Hotel Moloka’i – 1300 Kamehameha V Hwy, Kaunakakai, Hawaii 96748   Phone (808) 553-5347
Contact Linda Dancer   Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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