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International Market Place- Dec 09

Since 1957 visitors to Waikiki Beach have enjoyed shopping and dining in the International Market Place-the center of Waikiki Beach on Kalakaua Ave.- and today the new and improved version continues to welcome visitors with lots of new shops and dining options. Visitors can learn about the original International Market Place and its cultural significance by reading the plaques found throughout the marketplace.

Open Air Lanais

Open Air Lanais

Although there are many great new things to explore within the market, repeat guest will be glad to know that the huge Indian Banyan Tree (planted circa 1950) continues to offer shade and grace. New to the improved Marketplace visitors will find an inviting open-air design, featuring a fire tower, a 3-story water wall and an interactive entertainment stage and a strong “Hawaiian sense of place”.

Shopping in the International Market Place Includes:

  • Crazy Shirts
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Michael Kors
  • Fabletics
  • Intermix

Dining includes:

  • Kona Grill
  • Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi
  • Stripsteak
  • Third level, open-air Grand Lanai offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience not found anywhere else in Hawaii

** Many more options to open soon

*** Daily Hours  10:00am – 10:00pm

** photo courtesy of the International Market Place

Or check their website for all the shops and dining options now open in the International Market Place

For assistance in booking your trip to O’ahu contact Hawaii Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer  with Honeymoons, Inc.

Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com  Direct Line 931-337-0770 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Pearl Harbor- Commemorating 75 Years Jun 18
Arizona Memorial

Arizona Memorial

Many Americans are not even aware that 2016 marks the milestone 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and that currently there are only five Pearl Harbor survivors living today. In honor of this milestone anniversary Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige established a 75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor Committee, composed of government and military officials and Hawaii business leaders to design events with global outreach.

As a proud military mom I feel a responsibility to show respect to the five remaining survivors and to the entire United States Military who lost so many brave souls that fateful day. For the first time these special anniversary events will extend beyond Pearl Harbor’s historical sites to Waikiki, the National Cemetery of the Pacific and the Aloha Stadium. In Waikiki, military-themed movies will be shown on Waikiki Beach, beachfront and under the stars, ticketed Gala events and a concert at Aloha Stadium.

Even if you are not able to travel to the island of O’ahu this year to celebrate in person, there are many ways you can support the survivors by visiting the official website  www.pearlharbor75.com and if you are active on social media platforms be sure and use the hashtag #pearlharbor75  as you share family stories of those that served during that time.The 11-day schedule of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day events will be added overtime, updates to schedules and other important information will be updated on that official site. Many of these special events will have capacity control restrictions so the time to book your trip to attend these special events is now before everything is sold out. Also be advised that many of the events will be simulcast globally by satellite for those that cannot attend in person.

I would like to give a personal shout out to the marching bands in four Burke County High Schools :

that have come together to participate in the celebration-the band directors, students, parents and community coming together to help each student raise the approximate $2500 per student travel expenses for this once in a lifetime experience. (An additional shout out to East Burke’s band for also traveling to Normandy to take part in the 70th commemoration of D-Day) which fits into the vision of the Burke County Public School System “vision of inspiring students to be life-long learners who can compete successfully on the global stage”- according to BCPS Superintendent Larry Putnam. You can also check out their Facebook Page  EBHS Bands to 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor ** All students and chaperones are expected to cover their own travel expenses, so many fundraisers have been held and BCPS has created an account for contributions from the community – all donations sent directly to BCPS will be divided among the four schools to help defer the cost of the trip.

Join into the celebration theme of “Honoring the Past,Inspiring the Future” in anyway that you can !

To get started booking your trip to O’ahu contact Linda Dancer  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   or  email   linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

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North Shore Bike Park Oct 30

Over the years many clients have inquired about options for mountain biking on O’ahu and I am happy to share about the North Shore Bike Park located at the iconic Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore of O’ahu. Offering exciting opportunities for friends, families, couples or those traveling solo and seeking adventure. Bikers can zoom down professionally developed mountain bike trails, twist and turn through lush jungle vegetation while an experienced guide shares interesting facts about local geography and history.

Stop by the Hele Huli Adventure Center at Turtle Bay Resort to schedule or call them for more details at (808) 293-6024.

Bicycle Rentals are also available during your stay at Turtle Bay Resort as well -a beautiful resort to explore on a bicycle.

Bike Rentals

Bike Rentals

For assistance planning your visit to the island of Oahu contact Linda Dancer- Hawaii Master Destination Specialist   Direct Line 828-256-1520  or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

**Bike photos courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort and used only to promote North Shore Bike Park

Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival – 2015 -O’ahu Jul 17

The O’ahu portion of the prestigious Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival will be held on the island from September 9th-13th, 2015 in the Ko Olina Resort. Event chairs are Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Chef Alan Wong each of these chefs have received numerous international awards and have award winning restaurants on O’ahu that are a must do before you leave the island. The Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival takes place over two weeks with the first portions on Hawai’i Island and Maui before coming over to O’ahu with a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers. The festival showcases wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of locally grown produce, seafood, beef and poultry.

Ko Olina Resort

Ko Olina Resort

Community Beneficiaries of the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival include the Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation, Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Leeward Community College, Paepae o He’eia  and Papahana Kuaola – these projects help to show efforts being made to return Hawai’i to a sustainable eco-system of agriculture, environment and economy.  Paepae o He’eia  is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for and protecting an ancient Hawaiian fishpond located in He’eia, Ko’olaupoko, O’ahu working in partnership with the land owner and volunteers to maintain the fishpond for the community.

Volunteers at He'eia Fishpond repairing the wall

Volunteers at He’eia Fishpond repairing the wall

If you plan on attending the Festival on O’ahu these hotels are offering special rates  The Kahala, Halekulani, The Modern Honolulu, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Disney’s Aulani and Outrigger Resorts.

Please be advised that no one under the age of 21 (including children in strollers accompanied by their parens) will be admitted to Festival events(unless specified) You will need to bring a valid government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport for proof of age- strictly enforced.  Other details including where to purchase tickets, event schedules  and so forth can be found on the festival’s website.

For more information about booking your trip to Hawai’i  – Contact Linda Dancer – Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or by Email Linda@honeymoosinc.com

Polynesian Cultural Center Jun 05

For more than 50 years, The Polynesian Cultural Center located on the north shore of O’ahu has been giving visitors an experience unlike any other found in Hawaii. Visitors are immersed in the lifestyles, habitats, entertainment and other cultural aspects of seven Pacific cultures. No wonder that Polynesian Cultural Center has been named “Hawaii’s” favorite visitor attraction by People’s Choice Awards.  

Hawaii Ulu Maika

Hawaii Ulu Maika

Seeing everything in one day is a really difficult task so my suggestion would be to check out the website and carefully organize the time you will spend so that you get to see the villages that interest you most, learn the schedule of the events held in those villages and between those scheduled events visit some of the other villages. No matter where you are at 2:30pm you will want to make your way to the center’s lagoon to watch the Canoe Pageant – Hawaii’s only water-borne show

See  “The Wonders of Hawaii” and get immersed in a big-screen tribute to the hidden splendors of Hawaii (free with admission to the center). Enjoy Village Canoe Tours, Fun Cultural Demonstrations in each village, natives demonstrate crafts and skills like creating clothing from bark, dance, making baskets from leaves, making fire by rubbing sticks (yes it can be done). Visitors learn about descriptions of cooking methods, transoceanic travel, and how the preservation of traditions and history without a written language was accomplished.

Outrigger Canoe Paddling

Outrigger Canoe Paddling

 

Visit the villages celebrating the Islands of Tonga,Fiji, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa(New Zealand), Marquesas and the Hawaiian Islands.

Complete your day at Polynesian Cultural Center by enjoying the Ali’i Luau followed by  Ha – Breath of Life – a story of passion ignited by fire, song and dance.

Don’t forget to go by one of the souvenir or native handicraft shops.

Located :  Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Hi 96762

** Photos courtesy of Polynesian Cultural Center

To book your trip to O’ahu contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331 Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

O’ahu Photo Tours Mar 20

The best thing about visiting the beautiful islands of Hawaii is the limitless amount of tours and activities that abound on each island.  Vacation means something different to everyone, and likewise there are tours and activities that appeal to different clients-one such unique tour opportunity on O’ahu  is the  O’ahu Photo Tours.  Professional guides help clients capture breathtaking images around the island and with their skill level they will make sure that the memories you make from photos taken will last a lifetime. Oahu Photography Tours is dedicated to making sure clients are in the right spot at the right time to capture the best possible images, whether you have a point and shoot camera, iPhone or the latest DSLP your guide will be experienced with them all and can show you how to take full advantage of your camera(also provide tripods for every tour if needed).

Tours go out 7 days a week from Waikiki, and with only 7 spots available on each tour space is limited so you may want to think about making these arrangements before you head to the islands. This would make a great addition to a honeymoon registry to capture moments from your first trip together as man and wife.

For  more information contact O’ahu Photo Tours directly:  Email  oahuphotographytours@gmail.com   or by phone (808) 679-1938

For more information on booking your vacation to O’ahu contact Linda Dancer – Hawaii Master Destination Specialist –  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

Hawaii Food Tours Jan 09
Hawaii Food Tours

Hawaii Food Tours

Tasty Tours for the Hungry Traveler –  catchy slogan for a unique tour opportunity on O’ahu created by  Chef Matthew Gray (Food Writer and Restaurant Reviewer)  

Voted #1 Tour on O’ahu two years in a row and  Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence are just two of Matthew’s awards find more on their website  Hawaii Food Tours fun tours such as Hole in the Wall  and North Shore Food Tour  are some of the most popular tours as seen on TV Food Network.

For information or to set up your food tour call (808) 926-FOOD(3663)

Take Matthew’s advice when visiting the islands and “Eat Something Delicious Today” with Hawaii Food Tours

For help planning your visit to O’ahu contact O’ahu 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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Hawaii Royalty – Places to visit on O’ahu Dec 05

Unfortunately, sad to say that many visitors to Hawaii do not realize that Hawaii’s rich history includes Hawaiian Royalty. There are many sites throughout the islands where one can learn about this rich history, O’ahu is the home of many of these royal sites.

Probably, the grandest and most well known is the Iolani Palace,  where visitors are invited to take a step into Hawaii’s past-  guided and audio tours are available – Open Tuesday through Saturday – Reservations are suggested as tours are limited in size and number – 1-808-522-0832  – The Palace is located at 364 South King Street – Iolani Palace(completed in 1882) chronicles the reign of  King David Kalakaua and his wife Queen Kapiolani , and later Queen Liliuokalani. King Kalakaua and his queen traveled the world, bringing home tokens of esteem and affection from heads of state around the world.  The story of Hawaii’s Kingdom is told through portraits, show pieces such as the Grand Staircase made from Koa wood (said to be the largest such structure in the world) , visitors are asked to wear booties over their shoes as they move from room to room on magnificently restored Douglas fir floors, the dining room is set as if waiting for guests to arrive for state dinner. One sad fact in Hawaii’s royal history is that the Hawaiian monarch was overthrown in 1893, and the new provisional government could not wait to toss the treasures of the king and his queen, but luckily the Friends of the Palace organization have searched the world trying to acquire as many of the original artifacts as possible and restore the Palace to her original glory for visitors from around the world to see.

Nearby the Iolani Palace, you will find Washington Place, the home of Queen Liliuokalani before she ascended to the thrown in 1891, she wrote of her home in her book “Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen “.

Mauna Ala -(fragrant mountain)  after Albert’s death, Kamehameha IV ordered a new mausoleum to house his son, the royal grounds are very close to Summer Palace – Mauna Ala is the final resting place of the Who’s who of Hawaiian Royalty.  Mauna Ala Royal Mausoleum is located 2261 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu   – Open 8am-4pm – Monday-Friday

My personal favorite of all the Royal Residences by far is Queen Emma’s Summer Palace – a graceful home set against the lush backdrop of Nuuanu Valley. Sadly, the palace had fallen into disrepair and almost became a baseball field, but luckily the  Daughters of Hawaii intervened in 1915 turned the home into the showplace it is today. The palace is located about three miles from downtown, filled with beautiful artifacts including some originals to Queen Emma and her husband King Kamehameha IV and was used  to escape from Honolulu’s heat in the summer. The saddest thing for me and always brings me to tears is the beautiful cradle in which the king and queen’s son, Prince Albert slept (who sadly passed away at the sweet age of four) they say the bedroom where the cradle sits overlooks the Royal Mausoleum below where the child is buried, as a mother, I just always feel the grief Queen Emma must have felt over the death of her young son, but the peace of being able to look below to his final resting place. Queen Emma’s Summer Palace is located 2913 Pali Highway, Honolulu (808) 595-3167

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum  one of the best places in all of Hawaii to be introduced to Royal bloodlines, culture, and the rich history of the Kingdom of Hawaii – located 1525 Bernice Street (808) 847-3511

For more information or to book your visit to O’ahu Contact: Linda Dancer

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

 

 

The Kahala’s “Kolohe” Ohana Nov 28
Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

Kolohe is the Hawaiian word for rascal!  True to the definition of the word, the family of six Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins are as playful as they can be and is just another treat for the guest of  The Kahala Hotel & Resort on O’ahu.

Soon after The Kahala opened in 1964, nearby Sea Life Park asked the hotel to temporarily host two Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins took their relocation in good stride and soon fell at home in the Kahala lagoon. Their arrival was so popular with guest, The Kahala invited them to stay on a permanent basis, and have been part of the Kahala ‘ohana’ (family) ever since.

Since 2000, Dolphin Quest has managed the resorts Dolphin Experience visitor education program. The Kahala ‘ohana’ is now up to six : Kolohe, Hoku, Liho, Lono, Liko, and Nai Noa. Hoku was actually born at The Kahala in 1991. Guest who interact with the six members of The Kahala dolphin ‘ohana’  learn to enjoy and respect the wonders of the ocean.

For a really magical experience (especially if you are traveling with your children) book your room in the resorts Dolphin Lagoon wing overlooking the dolphins as they play throughout the day.

For more information on booking your Honeymoon, Milestone Anniversary or Family Vacation at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, contact Linda Dancer  O’ahu Master Destination Specialist.

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

 

Haili’s Hawaiian Foods Nov 07
Haili's Hawaiian Foods

Haili’s Hawaiian Foods

Since the 1950’s  delicious original Hawaiian island cuisine has been  served at Haili’s Hawaiian Foods, now relocated in Oahu’s  trendy Kapahulu neighborhood.

For over three generations recipes have been handed down since Mom Haili started her secret process shared only to the family of sisters who continue offering traditional Hawaiian food made fresh for a good price. However, times have changed and prices are a little more than in the original days of  Mother Rachel Ching Haili’s day  where poi was “one dollah” for three bags, and thirty five cents for  one laulau – visitors today at their new home on Palani Ave can expect the same  award winning wonderful food and service.  Awards such as Winner of the O’o Award-Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, 2010 Honolulu Advertiser Hawaii’s Best Restaurant Award for Best Hawaiian Foods, 2011 Recipient of the ‘Aha Hipu’u Award-Contributions to Hawaiian Culture-Winner of Healthy Plate Lunch Contest – Department of Health continue to be earned by this O’ahu favorite.

Haili’s Hawaiian Foods – closed on Monday – Open Tues, Wed and Thurs  10am-7pm, Fri and Sat  10a-8pm and Sun 11a-3p

Phone number  (808) 735-8019

Location:  760 Palani Ave ( Just ask your hotel concierge for directions)  at the corner of Kapahulu Ave.

Looking to book your vacation to O’ahu – Contact 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 your visit to the Hawaiian Islands is to get out and explore the culture !

 

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