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Holo Holo Charters Feb 26

Regardless of the Hawaiian Islands that you choose to visit you really must get out and explore the island. If you are visiting the island of Kaua’i you must take a boat tour of the Napali Coast and I suggest you book your boat tour with Holo Holo Charters.

Kevin &  Marcie Millett

Kevin & Marcie Millett

Holo Holo was founded in 1997 by Kevin and Marcie Millet with a simple idea – to build amazing high speed boats that could handle Kauai’s challenging ocean conditions and share the amazing natural beauty along the Napali Coast and the forbidden island of Niihau with visitors. Recognized as one of Hawaii’s premier multi-hull designer boat builders, Kevin Millet used his skills to design and build custom performance catamarans operated by Holo Holo Charters and together with his wife Marcie and an exceptional staff, passengers are treated to a first-class vacation experience.

Kauai Boat Building

Kauai Boat Building

The fleet includes : Holo Holo a 65′ Power Catamaran, Leila a sleek sailing catamaran, Adventurer II and III rigid inflatables (not to be confused with a zodiac rubber raft) for a superfast thrilling experience. Set sail on Holo Holo for Niihau and Napali Super Tour or Napali Sunset Sightsee, or choose Leila and enjoy a beautiful morning sail along Napali Coast,  or if you seek a thrilling experience then choose the super fast Adventurer II or III for a Napali Snorkel Adventure. **boat tours include food and beverage along with snorkel gear – learn more about the individual tours on their website to choose best option for you.

              Napali Coastline

Napali Coastline

To book your visit to Kaua’i contact Kauai Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer Direct Line 828-256-1520 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

 Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Five fun outdoor activities on Kaua’i Oct 24

With only ten percent of Kaua’i’s landscape accessible by road, to make the most of your visit to Kaua’i you have to get out of your car and go exploring. So many options are available to you from hiking, biking, horseback riding, mountain tubing, ATV adventures probably more options that you will have time for during your stay on the island.

Five of my favorites are :

Riding at Princeville Ranch

Riding at Princeville Ranch

Horseback Riding – ride along bluffs, across foothills, across sugar cane fields past secluded beaches and across working ranches. A variety of companies offer guided tours ranging from 90 minutes to five hours – some will include hiking and a swim in a natural pool below a waterfall. Some offer private tours as well. One of my personal favorites is with Princeville Ranch.

Zipline

Zipline

Zipline- soar like a bird while safely harnessed over some of Kauai’s lush green landscape. Kaua’i is so tropical with so much natural beauty even zip over a hidden waterfall.

Stand up paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding

River Kayaking and Standup Paddle Boarding  -whether  a nice easy paddle along the Wailua River to the famed Fern Grotto, the Huel’ia River to the Menehune Fishpond  or on the Hanalei River. For those that want something with a little more action ocean kayaking is available the summer months, hire a guide for the best experience.

Hiking in the Waimea Canyon

Hiking in the Waimea Canyon

Hiking  – A hiker’s paradise there are so many options depending upon skill level – one popular spot is the Waimea Canyon. Koke’e State Park offers more than 40 miles of footpaths leading to scenic lookouts. The Kalalau Trail along the Napali Coast is the island’s most famous and most challenging at 11 miles. Other popular hikes include Kuilau, Moalepe and Powerline Trailhead. Plan ahead – maps are available through the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Division of State Parks for more hiking information. For your safety never hike alone and be sure and tell someone where you are going.

Mountain Tubing

Mountain Tubing

Mountain Tubing – It is okay to act like a kid when you do this fun activity-grab an inner tube and enjoy your trip down the river. Sturdy tubes let you float down through Kauai’s interior past breathtaking natural beauty. Guided tours, basic instructions and safety equipment provided. My personal favorite is Kauai Backcountry Adventures (photo courtesy of KBA) in addition to mountain tubing they also have some great zipline tours.

To get started planning your trip to Kaua’i contact Linda Dancer Kaua’i Master Destination Specialist  Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

 

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Plantation Gardens Restaurant and Bar May 15

Located in a beautifully restored plantation manor home dating back to the 1930’s on the island of Kauai, the Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar offers visitors and residents alike an amazing dining option. Once the plantation manager’s home for Hawaii’s first sugar plantation “The Koloa Plantation”, the property was later purchased by the Moir family who proceeded to build the world famous gardens, so many beautiful orchids and lily ponds, around their home. Once the site of some of the most elaborate social gatherings held on Kauai in their day the gracious atmosphere that once welcomed guest to this Kauai home is now offered to visitors of Plantation Gardens Restaurant and Bar. Visitors touring the Koloa Heritage Trail should plan to include a visit to Plantation Gardens Restaurant and Bar to their schedule.
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Special Events, private parties, locations for wedding ceremony and receptions from 10-300 people are available, The restaurant features several unique and inviting private venues for sit-down dinners or standing receptions – the experienced staff will make sure your event is special and every detail attended to.

For information on planning a visit to Kauai contact Linda Dancer Direct Line 828-256-1520   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Plantation Gardens Restaurant and Bar is located 2253 Poipu Road Poipu Beach, Koloa Kauai Hi 96756 / Reservations (808) 742-2121 / Email  info@pgrestaurant.com

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The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Apr 03

 

Multi level main pool

Multi level main pool

Perched on a cliff on Kauai’s north shore, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas offer a different feel vacation than a regular hotel room. In your spacious, elegantly appointed villa you will truly feel it is your home away from home but with all the pampering luxurious associated with a stay at a Westin Resort.  Surrounded by some of the islands most beautiful scenery and just a short drive from the beach. Each of the 346 studio, one and two bedroom villas offers a haven of comfort with a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer and peace- the quiet hues of a Hawaiian sunset, earth tones of ancient tapa cloth are just two of the elements that inspire the décor within the villas.

The resort offers a multi-level pool, two intimate plunge pools overlooking the blue of the Pacific Ocean, for families a kiddie pool with slide and spouting turtles as well as a lap pool at the Makai Golf Club.  For those that wish to use them there are a total of 20 self-service barbeque grills, a signature restaurant, convenient general store and poolside bar.  The resort also offers on property outdoor or in-villa spa services, the Westin WORKOUT state-of-the-art fitness facility with sauna and steam room.

For golfers Prince and Makai Golf Courses are nearby a total of Forty-five holes of championship golf are within the Princeville Resort community- Complimentary shuttle runs within the Princeville Resort area.

 

Lei making

Lei making

Drew Nakahara (Leisure Sales Manager) has also just informed me that they now offer a Lei Ceremony. This unique Hawaiian lei ceremony at Westin Princeville Villas goes beyond a regular lei making class and would be perfect for those celebrating their Honeymoon or Milestone Anniversary. Check with concierge at check in for times offered – a small fee does apply for those making their own lei.

If you are thinking of booking your vacation to Kaua’i contact Linda DancerKauai Master Destination Specialist   Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

“Playing with Sticks”- New addition to McBryde Garden on Kaua’i Mar 13
McBryde Garden

McBryde Garden

I am excited to share with you the newest addition to the McBryde Garden on Kaua’i celebrating the 50th anniversary of the non profit National Tropical Botanical Garden created by environmental artist Patrick Dougherty. Woven completely from plant materials gathered from the garden, the domed structure resides in a shady spot overlooking the garden. Rising up 25-feet high into the tree canopy, the 25-foot wide circular structure can be explored by visitors on McBryde’s self-guided tour. View the beautiful gardens from within the dome and  get a bird’s eye view of the gardens below. Built through a process the artist calls “playing with sticks” thus the name for this wonderful new addition to McBryde Garden.

For more information on visiting the island of Kaua’i contact Kaua’i  Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer   

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

Remember the best way to enjoy  Hawaii   is to get out and explore the beautiful islands you are visiting!!

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.

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

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