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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


**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

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

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

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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:


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


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

Farm to Table in Hawai’i Aug 15


Working with a trainer for the last six months or so, I have developed a whole new appreciation for holistic living, organic produce and ingredients and am learning to incorporate fresh ingredients in cooking whenever possible.  Naturally, visiting the Hawaii islands several times a year, I am aware first hand of the amazing dining opportunities being offered with many chefs at some of the most amazing resorts on all the islands. Several resorts such as  Hawai’i Island RetreatGrand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, and  Four Seasons Hualalai  now have their own organic gardens and produce a good amount of their own fruits, vegetables and culinary herbs for the resorts use.

Hawai’i is blessed with perfect conditions to grow amazing produce , the waters of the pacific provide incredible fresh fish and seafood and with many working farms producing  cattle  farm to table dining is just another reason  why I think  Hawai’i is one of the interesting places to visit on earth.

Contact: Linda Dancer  Email   Direct Line 828-256-1520

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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







Exciting updates at Disney Aulani Nov 29
Aulani -

Disney Aulani –

 As if  Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu was not wonderful to begin, several improvements  to the resort have recently been made including:

** A new family pool and new kids’ splash zone in the already popular Waikolohe Valley water play area

** Two new quick-service dining locations **  New adults-only area featuring the Wailana Pool gives adults looking for a little privacy on a family-friendly resort a perfect place to relax- Although the Wailana Pool Bar isn’t a swim-up, the secluded location near the Laniwai Spa makes up for this especially at Happy Hour.**Enhanced water-slides  one  a volcano-inspired, fast and covered experience / the other slow and open air– be prepared to wait in line as these are very popular**New infinity pool and grotto at Ka Maka Landing adds a touch of glamour to the property.

Menehune Bridge

Menehune Bridge

  The Menehune Bridge was already a blast for children, but  toddlers will now also enjoy playing at the new Keiki Cove– encircled by lounge chairs for attentive parents, allowing parents with different ages of children to keep an eye on those playing on the Menehune Bridge and those that are younger and would best be suited for Keiki Cove or for a change of pace everyone can grab an inner-tube and take a ride down the lazy river of the Waikolohe Stream.   

** More value price point food options have been added for families  – The Ulu Café – take away alternative as is Little Opihi – a beachfront option. Improvements to the Public Spaces  include : ** New Luxury retail store   ** Expansion and additions to the lawn  area  for events  such as the Starlit Hui Show a guest favorite, weddings, and group events.

Towering  lobby

Towering lobby


Regardless of whether you will be visiting Aulani  for the first time or as a returning guest, you will not be disappointed in the recent improvements to the resort. Let’s get started planning your trip!


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

The MODERN Honolulu Dec 07

Great use of surfboards

The concept of The Modern Honolulu is to be an urban retreat, an oasis in the middle of Honolulu, catering to a laid-back surf culture. Arriving guest are greeted by this great surfboard display by Herbie Fletcher to set the mood.  Architects George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg along with landscape designer Deborah Nevins were successful in creating a resort like any other. Chic but laid back, barefoot luxury at its best, with understated touches of elegance and acclaimed service . Guest are greeted  with views of  the glittering skyline of Waikiki, ocean view and stunning sunsets  or  yachts moored in the harbor.  One really cool and unique feature in the lobby is a beautiful bookshelf  full of warm touches of books, Hawaiian memorabilia, coral and other shells and soft lighting, but the coolest thing is that midday the bookcase rotates to reveal the swanky lounge area, complete with a full bar and comfortable seating.

Bookshelves set the stage

To continue the urban resort concept, The Modern features polished interiors fused with a organic touches such as a living plant wall as a backdrop to one of the sitting areas. Guest rooms (353) in total are modern, stylish and sleek  a mixture of dark woods, white linens and soft touches,  with many also offering private lanais.
 Wicker furniture and lime green cushions invite you to sit and be comfortable and enjoy the views.Guest are treated to two  amazing swimming pools – The Sunrise Pool  the deck surrounding this pool is amazing ,flanked by indigenous autograph trees and ferns, up above this deck is the Adult Only  Sunset Pool  boasting 100 tons of sand from the neighboring islands, comfortable beach chairs, swaying palm trees and ferns hammocks  and romantic lanterns and candles.  Signature cocktails and light fare available from Morimoto’s kitchen are available for guest relaxing by the pool.

Adult only Sunset Pool

 The Modern Honolulu  is a wonderful choice for intimate, fun and chic   Destination Weddings, romantic getaways, girlfriend getaways or special place to hold your business meeting if you have to conduct business while in Hawaii.
Lobby Bar (Happy Hour Daily 6p- 9p with weekly live contemporary music)
Sunrise Pool Bar (Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p with weekly live contemporary music)
ADDICTION  Nightclub   (Thursday – Saturday from 1030pm – 300am )
** subject to change always check with the resort upon arrival
The Modern Honolulu
1775 Ala Moana Boulevard -Honolulu , HI 96815
Contact Linda Dancer to book your trip to The Modern Honolulu   Email
  Phone Contact  Direct  828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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na ho’ola spa Sep 09

Elevator to the na ho'ola spa        What is in a name ?   na ho’ola  (many healers) was the name given to  the spa located at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach by revered kupuna(elder) and kumu (teacher) Aunty Malia Craver and what a fitting name.  Her vision for na ho’ola was to take guest on a journey to a land rich in history, culture and healing  and speaking from personal experience she nailed it. From ancient history the highest chiefs declared Waikiki a royal reserve. Taking advantage of natural  land boundaries formed by the streams that flowed to the oceans. One of the most revered of all land boundaries was known  by the name of Hamohamo. This land boundary was the royal retreat for the chief   ‘Aikanaka and his descendants King Kalakaua, Queen Lili’uokalani, Princess Likelike and Princess Ka’iulani . It was believed that the spouting waters out of  the ground produced healing powers and was greatly respected by Hawaiian Royalty, so truly fitting the na ho’ola spa  is such an oasis in  the middle of  Waikiki Beach. 

Wonderful staff at the na ho'ola spa         From the moment you step off the elevator,you know you have arrived in a magical place. Immediately you see a beautiful living wall of some of the most incredible orchids,combined with the gentle sound of the waterfall you begin to feel better before your treatments begin.  You will be greeted by the kindest most professional staff, checked in and taken to the locker rooms to prepare for your journey. Overlooking Waikiki Beach the two story  glass relaxation room is the perfect place to spend time before or after your treatments ,enjoy a cup of tea and lounge on the very comfortable loungers. na ho’ola escapes and packages are inspired by four ancient Hawaiian healing plants that are incorporated into their logo. All treatments stay true to the mission of providing authentic spa experiences that include traditions and practices of the ancient  Hawaiians. From the  six hour na ho’ola experience, to a vast menu of massages,facials and other treatments there is something for everyone. Couples on their honeymoon or other romantic journey can relax in one of the couple’s oasis retreats . I chose the lomi lomi facial (Paula) was my aesthetician and I would highly suggest this signature treatment, it was amazing. I also chose  the ho’ola massage as it is custom designed with your therapist for maximum results where you need it most.

To make reservations please call  808-237-6330 or if you are a guest of the hotel  just call extension 6330  within the hotel  , a credit card will be required to guarantee your spa reservations to protect them from no shows,  48 hours  prior reservations is suggested.

Current Spa Hours:

Spa Facilities 730a-900p,   Spa services are offered 900a- 900p,  and the fitness center is available 24 hours access with  room key  for resort guest only

There is also a wonderful boutique  where you can purchase the organic products used during your treatments , as well as Coco Mango the custom signature of the spa and fitness workout attire .

For reservations at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki  Beach Resort and Spa  contact Linda Dancer   Direct 828-256-1520

Toll Free  1-888-811-1888 ext  331     Website




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