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Haleiwa Beach House Nov 18

** Photos courtesy of Haleiwa Beach House

I was saddened to hear that Jameson’s by the Sea one of my favorite restaurants on Oahu’s North Shore closed about a year ago, but I am happy to report that after an investment of $2.5 million by the owner, the restaurant has reopened as the Haleiwa Beach House in the same oceanfront location.

The original restaurant had fabulous atmosphere and delicious food,but Haleiwa Beach House I must admit is even better. Extensive renovations now feature two bars, one downstairs in the dining area and one upstairs on the open-air deck.  A visit to the upstairs deck promises ocean views in one direction and a view of historic Lo Ko Ea fish pond in the other. The bar features 16 hand-selected craft beers on draft as well as bottled beer and a vast selection of wine by the bottle or glass.

Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi – one of the many seafood options

The food has always been amazing but Executive Chef Chris Blanc has created a fresh new menu. Thankfully he took favorites from Jameson’s  and  presents them with a twist, utilizing unique flavors. The resort offers a large selection of fresh fish that can be prepared to your liking as well as steak and other entree options, burgers and a large selection of pupus or appetizers. You will definitely want to leave room for dessert – My personal favorites  Grilled Mahi Mahi with Grilled Asparagus  – and sometimes I splurge and treat myself to house made doughnuts.

The next time you visit Oahu, make time to visit the iconic North Shore and allow time to stop by Haleiwa Beach House for lunch or dinner( plan to visit near sunset).

Located  62-540 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 / Phone 808-637-3435 / Email  Haleiwabeachhouse@gmail.com

Please check their website for hours of operation and full menu.

For more information on booking your trip to O’ahu contact Linda Dancer, Oahu Master Destination Specialist-

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

The Royal Hawaiian – introduces the “Mailani Tower” Jun 19
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The Royal Hawaiian

From the moment the Royal Hawaiian first opened its doors in 1927, the “Pink Palace of the Palace” has been amazing guests, and with the opening of the Mailani Tower in April, this tradition continues.  Mailani (treated in a royal manner) in the Hawaiian language offers the sophistication and luxury that today’s travelers are used to experiencing, but yet maintaining the grace and charm of the original resort. Each of the 179 guest rooms and suites that make up the Mailani Tower offer a lanai with stunning ocean or pool views.

** The Mailani Tower experience begins at the Mailani-only reception area with dedicated concierge, and throughout guest stay the concierge team works to ensure that guest individual needs are provided to the hotel staff.

** Exclusive Mailani lounge offers guests a tranquil place to enjoy Executive Chef Hans Stierli’s deluxe continental breakfast beginning with champagne mimosas. Evenings in the Mailani Lounge offer beer and wine selections, a signature Luxury Collection cocktail prepared by the resort’s mixologist along with hors devours.

The resort is offering some great promotional rates through December 25th to celebrate the opening of the Mailani Tower – contact Linda Dancer  for more details or to book your stay at The Royal Hawaiian in the new Mailani Tower.

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

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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

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

 

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck Oct 24

Located on the iconic north shore of O’ahu Giovanni’s White Shrimp Trucks have been part of the local landscape for years.  Starting with a converted 1953 bread truck, a few recipes for great shrimp and an entrepreneurial spirt, the truck originally drove around the North Shore stopping for a couple hours along the side of the road, word of mouth spread about the delicious shrimp being sold out of the white truck.

In 1996, the decision was made to park the truck at 56-505 Kamehameha highway in Kahuku town, in 1997  a second truck was parked on the edge of an overgrown, swampy field at 66-472 Kamehameha highway in Haleiwa Town. Back then, no one wanted that land, but now it is one of the busiest spots in Haleiwa! IF you ever asked for directions of where to find the Shrimp truck more than likely it included “across the street from McDonald’s” as part of the directions.

The custom of signing the truck as the story goes started in 1993 when Ed Hernandez from El Paso, TX  signed the shrimp truck, after closing that day, the employees noticed the signature and decided to leave it on the truck. The following day a few more signatures with pictures appeared and this has led to thousands of customers leaving their mark on the shrimp truck , mine included. This popularity led the purchase of the land and the building of a pavilion so patrons and visitors could sit and enjoy their shrimp and visit with others their to enjoy the magic of Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck.

The winners of national and international food show contests for their Hot & Spicy and Scampi Marinade – have received much press including www.hopper.com, www.buzzfeed.com and www.seriousseats.com just to name a few.

If you are planning to visit O’ahu log onto their website www.giovannisshrimptruck.com for directions.  Follow them on social media as well.

If you need assistance planning a visit to O’ahu  Contact Linda Dancer – Oahu Master Destination Specialist  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

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Waikiki Vow Renewal Ceremony Oct 10

Celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary soon and thinking about a Vow Renewal?

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort offer couples to Hoi Hou Ke Aloha (Fall in love all over again) –

Free vow renewal ceremonies are held every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings on  iconic Waikiki Beach  – many husbands score extra points for planning with me in secret to share as a surprise to his bride once they arrive on the island , to express to his bride he would in fact do it all over again.

The non-denominational ceremony is conducted by a Hawaiian officiant. Couples are welcomed with a Hawaiian chant that celebrates the occasion – then led to the ocean’s edge to be honored with a graceful hula and serenaded with Hawaiian song. Couples are blessed with a gentle sprinkling of sea water before reciting vows in Hawaiian language. The ceremony concludes with a beautiful song and hula. Following the ceremony each couple is presented with a certificate to commemorate their vow renewal.

If you are looking to travel to O’AHU and are thinking about a vow renewal arrangements need to be made in advance as space is limited and participation is subject to availability and is complimentary to registered guests of Outrigger Waikiki and Outrigger Reef

Let’s get started planning your romantic stay on O’ahu contact  Linda Dancer The Knot Best of Weddings Winner today!

 

Best of Weddings

Best of Weddings

         Email   linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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