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Five of my favorite Spas of Hawai’i Oct 11

One of the hardest parts of my job is being able to answer What is your favorite? (pick a category) in Hawai’i, that is always such a hard question to answer, or to narrow down because there are so many wonderful candidates for every category whether that be spa,restaurant,luau,activity or island. Everyone has a different hot button that they really need to include on their vacation to have a wonderful time, for me  including a visit to the spa is always at the top of my list. Hawai’i has so many wonderful spas it was hard to narrow down to a short list of five of my favorites, but here goes:

Number 1

Kapalua Spa

Kapalua Spa -Located at The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, on the shores of Kapalua Bay-(Maui) is truly a seaside sanctuary. From the moment you enter the bamboo garden, the sound of water helps to transfer you to a place of serenity and calm. Embracing the healing properties of water and natural minerals from the islands with signature treatments such as Journey through the Ocean and ‘Awa & Cacao Lomi Wrap. Body and skin therapies are available such as Ali’i Kula Lavender Scrub and Organic Ocean Facials, a full menu of massages including Lomi Lomi(A healing art form from old Hawai’i meaning to rub) which can be preformed in 19 single and couples treatment rooms including 10 outdoor private bungalows that are truly amazing. Follow up your treatment in the tranquil relaxation rooms with sauna,steam,or cold rain showers.
Other Spa amenities include: A full service beauty salon,fitness facility with state-of-the-art Kinesis Circuit System, Yoga studio overlooking Kapalua Bay, Saline Lap Pool and sunning deck, a juice bar and retail boutique. For more information contact them (808) 665-8282
Number 2

Mauna Lani Spa

Mauna Lani Spa Located at the Mauna Lani Hotel and Bungalows, Hawai’i Island, is a past recipient of the prestigious honor of being rated #1 spa in Hawai’i by Islands and Hawaii Magazines (2009)
Each Hawaiian experience at Mauna Lani’s luxury day spa begins with a rejuvenating foot soak and signature “fire and ice” tea service. Hawaiian experiences such as LomiLomi Massage, LomiLomi Hula Massage(great for couples) Opu Huli Massage, Pohaku Pa’a(Hawaiian Hot Stone) or choose one of their signatures  Fire and Ice Pa’akai therapy.
Lava Sauna Experience: Open air sauna, warm llilli stones under your feet, a mixture of black volcanic clay is given to you so you can smooth it on your skin-when the mud dries-your stress dries too and is rinced away under a private outdoor rain shower, followed by re-moisture to your skin with signature oils.
Lava Watsu Experience: built amongst ancient lava tubes,this unique pool harnesses the energy of the land, features soothing skin temperature salt water, underwater acoustics, tranquil lighting and a waterfall- all the while the therapist supports you, stretches and massages you as you lie passively in warm salt water, bringing you to a state of total tranquility (great for expectant mothers).
Located in the Mauna Lani Sports Club: 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743   Phone  (808) 881-7922  Email spa@maunalani.com
Number 3

Spa Falls

Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid,Hawaii Island listen closely and you can hear the water rushing through Spa Falls.Whether you choose to have your spa experience in one of eight private outdoor waterfall hale(huts) perfectly situated within Spa Falls,one of the six amazing oceanfront hale or one of four indoor treatment rooms a day spent at the Spa Without Walls will most certainly leave you feeling completely relaxed and refreshed.
As if you need another reason to love Kona Coffee, one of their signature treatments is the Signature Big Island Kona Coffee Exfoliation Treatment which will enliven your senses and renew your skin in a way you have never experienced. A mini massage and misting with luscious vanilla cream and spritz tops off this aromatic renewing experience (done indoors only).  HIWAHIWA – with infusions of Big Island Wild Orchids and Gardenias is another of my favorites at this spa.
Customized Massages  include LomiLomi, Sports,Deep Tissue and Pohaku-Wela (hot stone) massage therapy just to name a few
Full service salon  and  spa boutique to take home some of the signature spa products used during your service is available .
Fairmont Orchid is located 1 North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii  96743  Phone (808) 885-2000
Number 4

lap pool

Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai’ Resort and Spa – Honoring a culture rooted in the balance between wisdom and nature, Anara Spa weaves traditional healing customs into treatments to inspire lokahi- unity,harmony and balance.
Hawaiian Escapes-inspired by traditional healers who practice herbal medicine,massage and spiritual healing are provided in your private garden hale and begin with a tropical foot bath (great for couples as well).  My favorite is Kaua’i Clay – brings elements from local rainforest together to connect you to the healing energy of Kaua’i – beginning with local ‘awa root (used to ease anxiety and insomnia) is polished over your body with coconut oil and warm stones. Followed by a nutrient rich mask of volcanic clay to detoxify and balance your system, followed by a soothing massage with botanical lotion – amazing!
This  award-winning 45,000 square foot spa is the largest in Kaua’i  and includes a 24-hour StayFit gym, open air yoga and fitness classes – A full menue of massages, body treatments and facials are available as well as a full service salon and spa boutique.
Located: Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa, 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa,Hawaii 96756  Phone (808) 742-1234  Email: info@anaraspa.com
Number 5

Kahala Spa

KahalaSpa located at the Kahala Hotel & Resort , Honolulu,Oahu(named one of the Top 20 Resort Spas-Hawaii  2012 by Conde Nast Traveler Readers). 
 If you are seeking an overall feeling of complete relaxation and rejuvenation you will find it at the Kahala Spa-they put a special emphasis on Hawaiian healing techniques and cultural practices,you can just feel the spiritual energy or “mana” here. A visit to the Kahala Spa is a luxurious experience-they had me hooked forever after the Ho’omaka(a cleaning and detoxifying sea salt foot scrub)
Signature treatments such as Lovely Hula Hands -a four handed dancing of hands you experience during this version of the traditional Hawaiian LomiLomi massage.
Kahala Spa has nine spacious treatment rooms-each appointed with its own relaxation area,glass enclosed shower and deep soaking tub. Spa therapists are experienced in a wide variety of blobal healing techniques and therapies, respecting ancient traditions as practiced by Hawaiian and other Asian cultures.
Kahala Hotel & Resort , 5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816   For more information contact the resort (808) 739-8888.
Did you know there are many benefits from getting massages?
1. Massage dilates the blood vessels and improves circulation, relieving congestion throughout the body.
2. Massage relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension.
3. Massage acts as a mechanical cleanser,stimulating lymph circulation and hastening the elimination of toxic debris.
4. Massage encourages the retention of nitrogen,phosphorus and sulfur that are necessary for tissue repair.
5. Massage simply makes you feel good.
So next time you wonder if spending that extra money on spa treatments when you are on vacation is worth the investment, just know you are really doing something beneficial.
For more information on these  resorts and spa  Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Updated : King Kamehameha (Kona Beach Hotel) is now a Courtyard by Marriott Sep 20

New Lobby

Former visitors  to Hawaii Island might know this lovely hotel as just  King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, but being re-branded recently as a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, this one of a kind hotel located on the only whitesand beach in Kona has even more to offer to repeat or first time visitors. Starting with the arrival experience (shown here with bright new lobby) the design team given the task of making over this resort from top to bottom truly out did themselves, winning an Award of Honor by The American Society of Interior Designers. The new blending of colors and textures add a level of luxury to this resort .

Kailua Bay

Overlooking picturesque Kailua Bay, the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel has been the headquarters for the world class IRONMAN World Championship and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament for many years. With so many dining options on property such as Honu’s on the Beach and Billfish Poolside Bar & Grille, swimming pool, full service spa, award winning Island Breeze Luau, great location for watersports such as stand up paddle boarding, and being within walking distance of so many histoical sites and shopping, visitors have everything at thier fingertips should they choose not to leave their resort.

Ahu'ena Heiau

Kona Beach Hotel is located on one of the most historic and important sites in all of Hawaii, as it was the place King Kamehameha the Great established his royal residence adjacent to the current location of the hotel that bears his name. He built the Ahu’ena Heiau during his reign, he dedicated to Lono the Hawaiian God of peace, agriculture and prosperity, (on the register of National Historic Landmarks as one of Hawaii’s most important historic sites). Kamehameha the Great chose to live and conduct official affairs of government on Hawaii Island, until his passing on May 8, 1819. Visitors to Kona Beach Hotel have the opportunity to see many historical artifacts and cultural items that depict 18th Century Hawaiian Life.
Looking for a location for your destination wedding in Hawaii? Kona Beach Hotel would be a wonderful choice whether your dream is to have your wedding on the beach, in the gardens or the historic King Kamehameha’s ceremonial site, with a dedicated team of event specialists you can be sure your special day will be perfect. Rated one of the Top 10 Wedding Worthy Hotels  in Hawaiian Weddings on any budget – for more wedding information contact the catering manager  swaldmann@konabeachhotel.com
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel/75-5660 Palani Road/Kailua-Kona,HI 96740
Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Punalu’u Black Sand Beach Park Sep 13

Punalu'u Beach Park

Clients are always asking me where they can go to see a black sand beach and honu( Hawaii green sea turtles) Punalu’u Black Sand Beach Park is always one of the first places that I suggest they visit.
lined by palm trees

 On Hawaii Island(The Big Island) this beautiful beach is a favorite spot for locals to boogie board and fish but is also a spot frequented often by green sea turtles.  A great photo opportunity for visitors especially if you are lucky enough to can catch the pod of spinner dolphins that sometimes play off shore  amazing everyone with their acrobatic show.

According to local legend, ancient Hawaiians dove underwater with a jug to obtain freshwater during times or drought, as oddly enough this beach has a large amount of cold freshwater flowing from underground. If you take the time to wander near the boat ramp at the north end of the beach you will see the ruins of a heiau(shrine) and a flat sacrificial stone. Inland you will also see a memorial for Henry ‘Opukaha’ia at his birthplace, he entered the Foreign Mission School at age 17 with the vision of bringing Christianity to Hawai’i, but sadly he died of typhoid fever in 1818, but his dream would be fullfilled in 1820 with the arrival of the first Protestant missionaries.
Also you will find:
**Just past the parking area with a protected area surrounded by a rock wall you will find ancient  petroglyphs(ancient carvings)
**Nearby is Ninole Cove, a small beach with a grassy area and lagoon good for swimming
** Restrooms, picnic tables and camping (by permit)  are also available
Please be advised however:
Although easily accessible there is no lifeguard on duty. Swimming can be dangerous due to strong rip currents and a very rocky bottom.
Always check ocean conditions before entering the ocean-
** When in doubt, don’t go out! Great advise from the locals.
Located on Hwy 11, 27 miles south of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
For more information or to book your vacation to Hawaii Island :
Contact:Linda Dancer Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com  Direct Line 828-256-1520
Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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FairWind – Snorkel Cruise and Manta Night Snorkel Jul 12

Captain Cook Monument

FairWind – Big Island Ocean Guides has been sharing the beautiful waters of Kealakekua Bay with visitors to Hawai’i Island for over 40 years.
No wonder  FROMMER’s has named them the”Best Snorkel Cruise and Snorkel Destination on  the Big Island”, as well as receiving many other accolades from the local community,repeat guests and other guidebooks. A family run business for over three generations, they provide the best of service  and  safety by making sure the crew members are professionally trained and certified life guards, experienced guides share the love of the ocean and historical significance of Kealakekua Bay with guest, while they ride in comfort on their custom catamaran vessels with first class amenities.
Kealakekua Bay is a sacred site for Hawaiians, where it is said that the Hawaiian fertility god, Lono’i’ka’makahiki lived, as well as the Captain Cook Monument  pictured here. Kealakekua(pathway of the Gods)  is so beautiful – clear blue water with visibility of 80-100 feet year round is surrounded by majestic volcanic cliffs,which help protect the bay and keep the waters calm and perfect for snorkeling, almost guaranteeing you will see a variety of tropical fish.
I cruised on the Fair Wind II, the two custom staircases  made is so easy for everyone to get in and out of the water safely, and in addition to normal flotation devices like boogie boards, noodles and inter-tubes, they have the most amazing custom view-boxes-a great way to view the fish. If you tire of snorkeling, then have fun on the two 15-feet slides and if you are game they have a dive platform. When they called us in for lunch, a nice selection of a hot BBQ  lunch, snacks,fresh fruit, coffee,beverages  and cash bar.
As wonderful as my morning snorkel cruise was, nothing could have prepared me for the Manta Ray Night Snorkel, normally I am very timid about getting into the water at night,but having had such a wonderful experience with the crew during the day, I knew I was in the best of hands. From the beginning-getting fitted for wet suits, and boarding the Hula Kai, the sun just begging to lower in the sky, I was so excited. Once the crew had taken us out to the proper spot, and we got into the water, we made our way out to the custom floating light platforms, it was so awesome to watch these big beautiful creatures follow the plankton up the light beam, literally to be that close to them was truly one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life. Even though they can be huge with wing spans up to 15-feet  without teeth,stingers or barbs they are very gentle, definitely an amazing and safe activity for everyone. Just be sure and lay very still,  you will be rewarded, they continued to come back and visit me the entire time I was in the water. It was chilly when we got back on the boat, but we were offered warm soup and bread rolls, snack mix, hot drinks (coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate) – Purchase the video that is normally taken by their professional videographer-you will want to see it again and again.
Fair-Winds departs from Keauhou Bay -78-7130 Kaleiopapa St/Kailua-Kona,Hawaii 96740
For more info  they can be reached  (808) 322-2788
Contact: Linda Dancer  Phone: Direct Line 828-256-1520 / Toll Free  1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Celebrating the Red, White and Blue of Hawai’i Jul 04

No better time than the Fourth of July to celebrate the Red, White and Blue of Hawai’i

Red Hibiscus Flowers, beautiful white sand beaches , and  the  Blue of the Pacific Ocean , with Blue Sky Above !

Wishing you and yours a Safe and Happy 4th July

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

Email :  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

Have you ever tried Loco Moco? Jun 28

Loco Moco

Probably if you go out this weekend on the mainland, you will not see Loco Moco (loh-koo moh-koo) on the menu but, if you were visiting the beautiful islands  of Hawai’i you would find it on many menus.   An island favorite  for breakfast, you will also find it on many lunch and dinner menus as well.
So glad you asked – What exactly is Loco Moco?  Truly  unique to Hawai’i, a Hawaiian comfort food or “local grind”. Local food became the basic staples around the islands soon after World War II – so be sure as you travel around the islands to sample some of the best combinations of cuisines from around the Pacific Rim, seek out local favorite restaurants whether they be fast food, mom and pops, road side diners, lunch wagons or food trucks.
For the most part, the standard Loco Moco begins with a base serving of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty and fried or scrambled egg, then brown gravy is poured over the entire dish. On some menus, the chef will kick it up a notch and the plain white rice is replaced with fried rice- sometimes served with a side of macaroni salad as shown here.
 If you are really hungry  you can also order with two hamburger patties!
 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  Direct Line 828-256-1520

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Lava Lava Beach Club Jun 14

  Located on 10 beachfront acres  on Anaeho’omalu Bay within the Waikoloa Beach Resort, Lava Lava Beach Club  is  wonderful hidden spot for a great beachfront getaway on Hawai’i Island.  Offering guests beachfront cottages, a restaurant, bar  and access to other amenities such as spa and ocean sports activities at local Waikoloa Resorts, this hidden jewel has something for everyone, whether a small family getaway reserving several cottages together, couples looking to have a good time, or even destination weddings for something more unique than the average large resort the cottages would be a perfect choice.

Being familiar with Huggo’s, an oceanfront restaurant in Kailua-Kona  and  On The Rocks a casual beach bar also in Kailua-Kona,Paradise Gourmet Catering – which does amazing custom events,  naturally  I was so excited to learn about their new adventure in Waikoloa I could not wait to visit for myself.

Each of the four contemporary, freestanding beachfront cottages are decorated with casual luxury touches, just steps from the beach,fall to sleep with the sounds of the surf just steps from your cottage. Amenities offered with each cottage include a private covered lanai, air conditioning,kitchenette,outdoor shower and lots more.

   ** All beaches in Hawai’i are public, so there could be people  on the beach in front of your cottage, weddings and other special events can be held on the beach as well. In addition, the cottages are located next to a busy restaurant which features live music nightly until 10:00pm.

Lava Lava Beach Club  is a beautiful location for intimate destination weddings, for information contact  Noelani by email weddings@lavalavabeachclub.com or call (808) 326-1244- with venues on the beach under the  kiawe trees  or the oceanfront lawn.

So if you are planning on visiting Hawai’i Island, and are looking for something a little different for all or part of your stay on the island I suggest you check out the cottages at  Lava Lava Beach Club.

Always giving back to the community – the team at Lava Lava Beach Club  frequently organizes and participates in fundraisers to benefit local non-profit organizations, including Hawaii Island Humane Society,Family Support Services,The Neighborhood Place of Kona among others, so before you travel to Hawaii Island check out their website to see if you can help these great organizations by stopping by to have dinner and enjoy an amazing meal.

Lava Lava Beach Club, 69-1081 Ku’uali’i  Place, Waikoloa , Hawaii 96738      (808)769-5282

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

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Big Island Candies – Yummy !! Mar 15

     Please do yourself a favor when you are on the Hilo side of Hawai’i  Island (The Big Island) and make time to stop by Big Island Candies.   Since 1977, they have been treating locals and visitors to the island alike with their  amazing chocolate and shortbread cookie creations. While visiting the Big Island Candies factory and gift shop you can watch employees as they create these amazing treats right before your eyes, made with the  finest of ingredients including  locally grown macadamia nuts, 100% Kona Coffee, fresh island eggs, real butter and high-grade Chocolate.

Big Island Candies  has been the recipient of many local Hawaii Awards  as  well as National Awards  such as Entrepreneur Magazine naming them to their list of 51 American Success Stories in 1992 and Honolulu Star Advertiser – Best of the Best -Cookies in 2012  just to name a couple from their long list of awards.

 Holidays coming up? Do you have a special occasion such as  a party or wedding on the horizon?  Not to worry they can customize party and wedding favors for you-sure to be the star of the event and your guests will be amazed not only are the contents incredibly delicious, but the attention to details with packaging are first class, so please consider them when you are looking for that special something for your special event.

Regardless of your preference of flavors they have something for everyone-especially Chocolate lovers like me-the hardest problem is choosing between milk chocolate,dark chocolate,white chocolate,caramel chocolate to dip your short bread cookies in-but they knew Chocolate lovers like me could not decide so they have the Dipper’s Assortment so we don’t have to decide. But then, to decide between dipped Hawaiian Macadamia Nut creations,  biscotti, brownies,cookie boxes, Hilo Market Baskets, sugar free samplers -Oh my! Just plan to spend a while sampling to figure out your favorite(s) and not to worry they have mail order as well.  Happy Sampling !!

Located: Big Island Candies,  585 Hinano Street ,  Hilo ,Hawaii 96720

Order by Phone (808) 935-8890,Toll Free 1-800-935-5510,Fax (808) 961-0659

Wedding & Party Favors  email: contactus@bigislandcandies.com

HOURS   Monday-Friday  730am-500pm  (HST) Hawaii Standard Time

Contact Linda Dancer  to get started planning your visit to Hawai’i

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

 Remember, the best way to enjoy your time in Hawaii is to get out and explore!!

 

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Hawai’i Island – Outdoor Science Classroom Feb 28

Oceanography

Visitors have always been drawn to Hawai’i (The Big Island) because  of world class resorts, championship golf courses, big game  fishing , waterfalls and so much more, but many do not realize the island is also an amazing outdoor science classroom. Hawai’i Island has something amazing around every bend in the road with science adventures in the areas of Oceanography/Marine Science, Volcanoes and Volcanology, Astronomy, Geography/Biology/Natural History, Aquaculture/Agriculture and Renewable Energy Resources.  Regardless of where you are staying on the island  there are a multitude of places to visit, coded maps to help you locate some of the sites and there are several tour operators that specialize in these areas of exploration as well. Easy access to many of these areas of interest  would make this a wonderful island for families to make their family vacation a wonderful opportunity to learn,so much more exciting than a school class room. Nothing compares to seeing the steam escaping from a volcano, going down into a lava tube and seeing the turtles swimming in a tide pool. The Manta Ray Experience  by far is one of the unique experiences of my life.Dolphin Quest program at the Hilton Waikokoa Village Resort gives visitors the opportunity to interact with dolphins through several programs led by marine mammal experts.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Most people have seen a fiery eruption or red hot lava flow from at least Kilauea, even if just on The Weather Channel,  but Volcanoes National Park actually features two of the world’s most active volcanoes Kilauea and Maunaloa. Within the 500 square mile park visitors  can see the process of volcanoes over the last 70 million years,calderas, pit craters,cinder cones,dried lava lakes,sulfurous cracks and fissures,lava tubes (Thurston being the most famous). Home to the legendary Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. Visitors will enjoy their visit to the park so much more if they take time to visit the Visitor’s Center first for a quick course in geology, natural history, park layout and safety.You will want to also visit the Observatory, Jaggar Museum perched on Kilauea Crater, and the Thurston Lava Tube, all located on the 11 mile Crater Rim Drive. The park is so big you’ll want to drive but be sure and get out along the way and hike some of the 150 miles of marked trails — Park rangers will also advise you if any active lava flows are accessible during your visit. For the latest eruption updates and geneal park info www.nps.gov/havo or call (808) 985-6000.

Fish Ponds

Aquaculture  and agriculture have always been an important part in the live of native Hawaiians, especially ancient Hawaiian Fishponds such as those at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Kaloko Honokohau National Park and the recently renovated Keauhou Resort Heiau project are great examples of fishponds. There are also several land-based farms  that are so interesting  such  as Hawaii Vanilla, Kona Coffee Farms,Hamakua  Mushrooms and the festive Hilo Farmers Market  is one of the best open markets in Hawai’i where you can sample and purchase wonderful fresh local produce, fresh flowers for your room during your visit, have a fresh fruit smoothie or purchase hand crafted items. Hawai’i AgVentures operated by the Big Island Farm Bureau offers a variety of family farm tours. If you are into Renewable Energy Resources  you might want to visit Kahua Ranch in North Kahala in addition to other tours they also provide their own power with wind turbines  or you can contact them  (808) 882-4646. Being blessed with lots of sunshine and strong trade winds Hawai’i Island has the potential to be an international showcase for alternative renewable energy resource exploration.

Maunakea

Polynesians  used the stars to guide their voyages around the Pacific  and ultimately to discover the Hawaiian Islands, so how fitting that Astronomy would also be such an important part of the opportunities of discovery available on Hawai’i Island. Located 13,796 feet high on the summit of Maunakea, you will find 13 astronomical observatories and is considered the world’s best observing site. Beginning with the first telescope in 1968, several groundbreaking discoveries have been made from the various telescopes, there are are more in the plans to be added in the future,making this the home of some of the largest telescopes in the world. For sure a visit to the summit would be a highlight of your visit to Hawai’i Island – I suggest you take a tour such as Mauna Kea Summit Adventures  or Hawai’i Forest & Trail as the weather conditions can be unpredictable and severe.  ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i   in Hilo  is another wonderful opportunity to learn about the 13 observatories located on Maunakea plus a full-dome, state of the art planetarium, plus 3-D presentations of data collected from the Subaru Telescope – plus several unique experiences that tie Native Hawaiian Culture and lanuguage to today’s astronomical discoveries. Located at the University of Hawai’i Hilo Science and Technology Park   www.imiloahawaii.org     contact them (808) 969-9700 , also  a wonderful cafe and gift shop.

For more information on booking your Hawai’i Island Vacation  or any of the tours mentioned in this blog post:

Contact Linda Dancer Hawaii Master Destination Specialist    Toll Free   1-888-811-1888 est 331

Direct Line (828) 256-1520 or by Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

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Tour Hawaii on a Harley-Davidson Feb 08

Lahaina Harley-Davidson

If you  are Harley-Davidson enthusiasts like my family,  you might  want to leave some free time in your itinerary to rent a Harley for the day and explore one or more islands in a brand new way.  Authorized dealers on the islands offer top of the line Harley-Davidson for rent  along with helmets and other gear.
On the Big Island  you can tour Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  – and if you are lucky the lava flow at Kilauea Volcano will put on a show for  you, tour through Waimea, the land of the Paniolos(cowboys) or explore Puukohola Heiau, the largest restored ancient Hawaiian religious temple in all of Hawaii.
On KauaiWaimae Canyon – Kauai’s most remarkable natural features becomes the backdrop for a 44 mile ride across the rim of the canyon, see why they call it the  Grand Canyon of the Pacific,  yes, Kauai has a town called Waimea also, visit the historic town where captain James Cook became the first westerner to ever set foot on the islands in 1778, get a map of Koloa Heritage Trail and follow it through many interesting and historical sites through Poipu and Koloa area or head up north to Hanalei.
Top of the line bikes for rent

On Maui  head towards the upcountry  or  give the Road to Hana  a try –  another incredible spot on Maui is Haleakala National Park but it can be very chilly, so make sure you have warm clothes before you head up to the park which is 10,000 above sea level, lots of switchbacks  so not for the faint of heart or inexperienced rider.

On Oahu   head up to Waimea Valley – beautiful hike through this 1800 acre rain forest and botanical garden,  sitting at the base of the Ko’olau Mountain Range the scenery is gorgeous. The North Shore offers many beautiful stops along the way, one of my favorites  is Hale’iwa Town  – a laid back surfing town, great place to stop for lunch or shaved ice.
Enjoy Hawaii in a whole new way while experience the freedom of riding a Harley-Davidson!
BIG ISLAND  Harley-Davidson  www.BigIslandH-D.com   (808) 329-4464
Kauai Harley Davidson   www.KauaiH-D.com  (808) 241-7020
Maui  Eagle Rider  www.eaglerider.com/maui    (808) 900-9901
Oahu   Big Kahuna  Tours and Rentals   www.bigkahunarentals.com  (808) 924-2736
Just looking for great Harley T-Shirts  visit West Maui Harley-Davidson in the Lahaina Cannery Mall
Contact  Linda Dancer   Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com  Direct Line (828) 256-1520

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