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Top 3 Reasons to visit Ulupalakua Ranch Aug 28
Wind thru green pastures

Wind thru green pastures

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I.  The first reason to visit Ulupalakua Ranch – Upcountry Maui is to take the time to drive through lush green pastureland as you drive the winding road that leads to the ranch. Jaw-dropping views of the island below are amazing. Fringed by 150-year-old trees spreading their canopy of shade over the Ranch Store & Grill and Tedeschi Winery just across the street are just waiting to share their story to visitors. Whether you set out to drive just to the Ranch Store or Winery, or if you are on your way to/from driving the Road to Hana you do not want to miss the beautiful drive to the Ulupalakua Ranch.

Maui Cattle Co. Beef

Maui Cattle Co. Beef

II. The second reason to take the time to visit Ulupalakua Ranch would be the slow-roasted Maui Cattle Co. beef brisket with housemade BBQ sauce and olive-oil-and-parsley smashed  potatoes. Sit at a picnic table in the shade of the towering trees, and slip back to a by gone era of 150 years ago when ranch hands also took a break in the shade to enjoy a plate of Maui beef and a cold drink.

III. The third reason is Chef Will Munder – his goal to serve only Maui-grown produce (he also has his own micro farm in Kula). Chef Will’s personal favorite is the juicy Ulupalakua lamb burger with swiss cheese, Waipoli lettuce, sweet Kula onions and ripe tomato.  Visitors have always been able to step up to the counter and order great food but Chef Will has put some new twist on some of the long standing favorites and made everything better. Now everything is made from scratch and as local as possible. The Ulupalakua lamb, beef and famous Elk Burger are part of the commitment of the ranch to serve only meat from the Ranch or from Maui.  And not to worry if you have a GLUTEN ALLERGY like me, I can still have my personal favorite Maui Cattle Co Beef burger on a Gluten Free Roll, my treat of grilled Maui Gold Pineapple for desert.

The open-air grill is fired up at 10 am with Grill Hours from 1100am to 300pm – so plan accordingly –

Take time to shop at the Ulupalakua Store where everything inside the store will put a smile on your face or remind you of times gone by with lots of simple things like red bandanas, silver belt buckles, cowboy hats, jars of ‘olelo berry jam, music by Maui musicians and art by local Maui artists.

After all the motto at the Ulupalakua Ranch is “Happy People” – be sure and take a “selfie” while sitting on the weathered wooden bench on the lanai next to one of the grinning scalawags (created by historic sculptor Reems Mitchell) I dare you try not to grin back at them.

For questions contact Ulupalakua Ranch Store (808) 878-2561 or email them urstore@ulupalakuaranch.com

For assistance in booking your visit to Maui contact Linda Dancer – Maui Master Destination Specialist – Direct Line 828-256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

**photos of Chef Will and Elk Burger from Ulupalakua Ranch

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Hawaiian Airlines Offers Top Chef Creations Jul 10
Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

Foodies who can’t get enough of island cuisine will be delighted to know that under the direction of Executive Chef Chai Chaowasaree, Hawaiian Airlines is offering first-class cabin passengers from Hawai’i to the mainland  culinary creations from five of Hawaii’s top chefs on a six-month rotation through 2017.

Top Chef’s include Jon Matsubara of Japengo,  Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Café, Wade Ueoka of MW Restaurant and Andrew Le of The Pig & The Lady (all based on O’ahu) and Sheldon Simeon of Maui’s Mala Wailea and Migrant.

To book your vacation to Hawai’i contact  Linda Dancer – Hawai’i Master Destination Specialist    Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free  1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa- Refreshed May 08

Opening in 1980, the Hyatt Regency Maui introduced the world to the concept of the resort itself as the destination by providing gardens, water playgrounds, wildlife and art collections thus changing the face of resorts around the world. For over 35 years, the resort has been providing a wonderful experience for their guests and with these recent improvements it will only be better.

 

Some of the updates in the multi-million dollar property refurbishment include:

** Guest of Hyatt Regency Maui now have access to the four new pool areas, Oceanside tiki bar and gourmet deli and grocery at the Hyatt Residence Club just steps away.

** New Kamaha’o- a Marilyn Monroe Spa – Maui’s only oceanfront spa with redesigned relaxation rooms, specialty treatments and signature Glamour Room with full-service hair, makeup and nail services.

** Newly renovated 21 Ocean Suites, seven deluxe ocean suites and three luxury premiere suites- all 806 spacious guest rooms feature private lanais and feature contemporary Hawaiian furnishings and décor.

** Son’z Steakhouse Restaurant and Swan Court’s dining room have been updated

** Grotto Bar has been refurbished – hidden just off the resort main pool you swim under a waterfall to reach the bar

** Sunset Terrace  is newly renovated and fully ADA accessible

To learn more about Hyatt Regency Maui contact Linda Dancer  Hyatt Hawaii Five-O Agent

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

Fairmont Resorts of Hawaii- Updates Apr 17

Since my last blog post about the Fairmont Resorts of Hawaii there have been some wonderful renovations so I wanted to share some of these updates with you from my recent visits:

Fairmont Kea Lani – Maui

Recently completing a $70 million dollar renovation project Fairmont Kea Lani offers luxurious one-bedroom suites as well as 2 and 3 bedroom villas.  Rebuilt Ko Restaurant showcases sugar-cane-era inspired cuisine the new décor looks great

The Willow Stream Spa was named Hawaii’s Top Spa by Travel and Leisure Magazine

Corridors, landscaping and public areas have been refurbished, including the new poolside restaurant and swim-up bar, Ama

Fairmont Orchid – Hawaii Island  

Located on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii Island, this AAA Four Diamond resort  offers guest a tranquil environment to relax and enjoy themselves.  Guest rooms and suites were recently renovated and look amazing . Relax in the unique setting at the Spa without Walls where Massage Hales are found throughout the waterfall , this  32 acre resort sits on a gorgeous beach  where guest can stand up paddle board, experience outrigger canoe  or  hike through the largest petroglyph field in the Pacific.  Visit the Fairmont Orchid Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors and meet native Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Be sure and go to Brown’s Beach House Restaurant  for dinner or Brown’s Deli for lunch and order freshly made ginger-ale – so refreshing.

Thinking of visiting more than one island during your Hawaii vacation then a split stay with Maui and Hawaii Island would be perfect to experience the Fairmont Resorts of Hawaii.

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

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Old Lahaina Luau Mar 27

Known as the most authentic Hawaiian luau, the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui is celebrating its 29th year of aloha in 2015. Located on the historic grounds of Moali’i , the multi talented cast of dancers, chanters and musicians guide visitors through the story of old Hawai’i in a direct oceanfront setting.

Before the Luau begins visitors are encouraged to check in early to learn about cultural experiences such as pounding poi, husking coconut or even learning how to hula. Then enjoy a beachside sunset and the best of food and entertainment the islands have to offer. I strongly suggest to my clients that they book in advance as it does sell out nightly.

Old Lahaina Luau is located oceanfront at 1251 Front Street, Lahaina,HI 96761

** Destination Weddings are arranged through White Orchid Weddings on the Luau grounds.

For more information about booking your vacation to Maui contact Linda DancerMaui Master Destination Specialist  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

 

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel – Maui’s Most Hawaiian Hotel Feb 13

Located on the beautiful sands of Maui’s Ka’anapali Beach, the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel embodies the spirit of Hawaiian ho’okipa (Hospitality) in everything aspect of the resort.  The employee mission statement written in 1986, strives to share aloha from the heart of all employees and this generous spirit is shared to all hotel guests. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has been developed in such a way as to enhance employee understanding and appreciation of the Hawaiian culture, preserve for future generation, and for employees to be able to share with guest of the hotel. This spirit has helped the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel win many awards over the years including  being voted Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel by the Waiaha Foundation,  #1 Best Value in the State of Hawai’i by Travel & Leisure Magazine, “Best Places to Stay Gold List” in the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards. 

While you may not find luxury appointments found at other Maui Hotels and Resorts, I guarantee you will find the warmest team of employees ready to enhance your stay at their resort and your visit to Maui- whether as a first time visitor to the island or returning home I would urge you to consider a stay at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.

To book your trip to Maui-Contact Linda DancerMaui Master Destination Specialist

Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

 

Mama’s Fish House Restaurant Nov 21
Look for the Boat

Look for the Boat

Mama’s Fish House, Maui’s first fresh fish restaurant was born in 1973. The Christenson family fell in love with the lifestyle of old Polynesia as they sailed across the South Pacific in the late 1950’s, finally settling on Maui in 1963. Along the way they learned many ways to prepare fresh fish and to share the aloha spirit. Nestled in a beautiful oceanfront coconut grove, the converted beach house restaurant is an eclectic mixture of Polynesian artifacts, wood working, flower arrangements and artwork.

The award winning menu and level of service (Ely is my personal favorite waiter – his suggestions of what to order are always great) make for an unforgettable dining experience in Hawaii. Do yourself and favor and do not skip desert the Polynesia Black Pearl and Hana Banana Macadamia Nut Crisp  are both amazing – order one of each and share

Reservations are always suggested – Call 808-579-8488  but definitely worth the wait. Make a fun day of it and visit the nearby town of Paia.

Located just past Mile Marker #8 on the Hana Highway – Look for the Mama’s Fish House Boat on the Left (shown above)

Lunch served daily  11am-3pm   Dinner served daily  415pm -9pm

For more information on planning a Maui Honeymoon or Vacation contact Linda Dancer – Maui Master Destination Specialist

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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“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

Andaz Maui at Wailea Jan 10

 

Situated on 15 beachfront acres in the luxury resort community of Wailea, the all new Andaz Maui at Wailea offers the sophisticated traveler looking for a little slice of paradise a new place to call home while on vacation on Maui. From the first greeting by the staff offering you a welcome cocktail, and being escorted to your well appointed suite, you will not be disappointed.

The centerpiece of the resort – three cascading outdoor infinity pools with views of the Pacific Ocean beyond create the perfect place to relax or to catch amazing sunsets as another day draws to an end on Maui. Complete your stay by visiting the ‘Awili Spa and Salon with ten treatment rooms complete with an apothecary lounge featuring a blending bar to incorporate locally grown herbs,plants and fruits into your treatment.

Each of the 290 well appointed rooms and suites (seven residential villas still to come) offer a private lanai to enjoy the views of the lush gardens or brilliant blue of the ocean, opulent bathrooms with garden or ocean view showers and luxurious body products to entice the mind and body. Stylish guest rooms with crisp white fabrics, wood décor and artwork to showcase elements of Hawaiian culture.

Farm to table is the theme for dining at Andaz Maui incorporating as many locally grown vegetables and ingredients as possible – start your day with coffee and a pastry at Bumbye Beach Bar, grab something quick to go at Mokapu Market, enjoy dinner at Morimoto Maui and end another perfect day at Andaz Maui next to the waterfall at Lehua Lounge while enjoying a cocktail and live entertainment.

Let’s get started planning your next vacation to Andaz Maui at Wailea

Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 TollFree: 1-888-811-1888ext331

Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Adult only quiet pool by the spa