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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

NaWahi Pana (Respecting Hawaiian Sacred Sites) Jul 11

When visiting the many sacred sites throughout the Hawaii Islands you must first understand the history, the usage of the site and the spirituality of the place. Developing the proper attitude of humility helps you to shift your focus from  yourself to your surroundings. Before approaching sacred sites, traditional protocol requires you ask permission of the kupuna(ancestors) and give thanks for the privilege of visiting and to apologize for any negative energy you might bring to the site. Always respect the boundaries and kupu(off limits) areas of the sacred sites. If not marked, use the outer edge of the stone markers that normally surround the sites as your boundary.

 

SITES TO VISIT :

Heiau were constructed under the direction of the ali’i nui (high chiefs) and Kahuna (priests)- these Heiau were dedicated  to different Gods for various purposes such as treating the sick and training in the art of healing, dedicated to the war -god Ku , and dedicated for peace,fertility and agricultural productivity.

A number of heiau and whai pana can be visited in various national,state and county parks,botanical gardens and resort communities- some suggestions are:

Hawai’i Island

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Hapaiali’i Heiau at Keauhou Resort and Hale O Keawe,Piu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Kaua’i

Wailua Complex of Heiau,Wailua River State Park(Hikinaakala,Kalaeokamanu & Poliahu Heiau)

Maui

Haleki’i-Pihana Heiau State Historic Park

Oahu

Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site and Kukaniloko Birthstones State Historic Site Nation

To Learn More & Get Directions check out these sites:

Department of Land & Natural Resources Division of State Parks ; National Park Service Hawai’i Parks ;  National Tropical Botanical Garden Kahanu Garden,Haha Maui 

Please Take Note: Since Hawaiians used a technique called pa pohaku or dry stone masonry these sites are very fragile so please do not walk on or over any of these structures  for your safety and for the protection of the sites to help preserve these sacred sites for the future.

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

Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

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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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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

Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

 

 

 

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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Some of my favorite locals Nov 22
Kauai Roosters

Kauai Roosters

 

I can still remember my first visit to Kaua’i and was amazed to find so many roosters. I like most visitors wondered why in the world this beautiful tropical island had so many colorful roosters, and being from the country found it so funny to hear one crowing in the morning.  The debate goes on about just how the roosters became so predominate on Kaua’i, but one of the theories associates Hurricane Iniki which hit Kaua’i in 1992 and decimated several chicken farms thus when the coops were destroyed the chickens and roosters were left to roam freely. There are no real natural predators to the roosters on the islands, for some reason the mongooses that keep them at bay on most of the other islands  just did not like Kaua’i. Most return visitors to Kaua’i just accept them as part of the local culture and hardly notice them anymore, and they do take care of the insect population in part as well.

 

Nene Geese

Nene Geese

 

 

 The Nene (pronounced NayNay)  is the Hawai’i State Bird – a land bird and a variety of the Hawaiian Goose-found in some of the harshest of Hawaiian locations it has adapted itself to the lava rock and barren areas like in the Volcano National Park where I photographed this pair- Hunting and wild animals took its toll on the birds and all but destroyed the species until they were named as endangered species and protected by law in 1949 and the restoration project began to build the numbers back up throughout the islands. Both male and female have the same color of plumage a golden buff  color with  black head and distinct diagonal furrows that run the length of their neck.

 

Monk Seal

Unlike most seals that prefer their home to be in frigid waters, the Hawaiian Monk Seal is a rare exception that makes its home in the warm waters     around Hawaii. Getting its name from the folds of its skin that somewhat resembles a monk’s cowl, and habitually they are found alone or in very small groups. I think they just have the sweetest faces. The Hawaiian name for the monk seal is “llio holo I ka uaua which translated means – dog that runs in rough water. Due to their declining numbers caused by their coastal habitats being disturbed as humans occupy more and more coastline  several resorts  such as Grand Hyatt Kaua’i have partnered with Monk Seal Watch Program as well as the Waikiki Aquarium house a couple to educate the public. Today they are an endangered species but unfortunately their numbers continue to decline. The Monk Seal Foundation and other organizations work tirelessly as well to educate visitors and locals alike.

Honu

Honu

 

Other than the whales that visit the islands  from late December through April and the pods of spinner dolphins found throughout the islands, probably one of the most photographed locals is the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (honu) such as the one I was lucky enough to catch sun bathing on the North Shore of Oahu. Considered a “Threatened Species”, the number of turtles found throughout the islands is increasing. This increase has occurred primarily through the mission of several organizations such as Malama na Honu, a non profit 501(c)(3) corportation with over 60 active volunteers that try to educate both locals and public alike. Honu guardian volunteers are on the beach every day to do their part to protect these beautiful creatures.

 

 

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

Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

 

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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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