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Yes, Mermaids do exist! Jan 20
Maui Mermaids

Maui Mermaids

Yes, mermaids do exist! Well at least on Maui you have the opportunity to be one and swim in the beautiful blue of the Pacific. I always encourage my clients to get away from their resort and explore the island they are visiting, and from personal experience it is always so much better when you go with a private tour provider, especially for ocean sports.  Hawaii Mermaid Adventures empower humans to transform into mermaids and explore the beautiful blue of the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii Mermaid Adventures is committed to providing the fun experience of a lifetime while protecting the ocean by  supporting the Hawaii Ecotourism Association

Unique Honeymoon Photo

Unique Honeymoon Photo

Strapping on mermaid tails is a fun way to create lifetime memories during your vacation on Maui, all swim instructors are certified lifeguards with years of experience to make sure that all Mermaids stay safe. Your mermaid experience is completed by underwater photos of you swimming with those in your party .I highly encourage you to check out their website and get to know the company, and as their website says “Release Your Inner Mermaid”.  Feel free to reach out to begin planning your mermaid adventure via  email   contact@hawaiimermaidadventures.com  or give them a call (808) 495-8919 , Maui Mermaids is located  27-D Halekuai St, Kihei,HI 96753.

Check out this fun video !

To get started planning your trip to Maui contact Linda Dancer  Maui Master Destination Specialist  Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Direct Line 931-337-0770  or  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

** Photo Credits Hawaii Mermaid Adventures **

 

 

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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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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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Updates at Maui’s Royal Lahaina Resort Nov 11

Great news for fans of the Royal Lahaina Resort – the charming beach cottages have just completed renovation and look amazing. Situated amidst tropical gardens along the oceanfront lawn these one and two story cottage buildings are perfect for families or destination wedding groups. Guests have a home away from home feel but yet all the amenities of a full service resort.

Cottage Room & Studio Features Include:

  • Daily made service
  • Private Lanai
  • one king bed or two doubles in cottage rooms
  • plush bedding and 330 thread count Egyptian Cotton Linens
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini Fridge in  Cottage Rooms / Kitchenette in Studios
  • Coffee Maker  with complimentary of Coffee & Tea
  • In Room Electronic Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron &  Ironing Board
  • Sound System with MP3 Player Ports

Royal Lahaina Resort Guest Services Include:

  • Oceanfront on Kaanapali Beach
  • Three Swimming Pools (two oceanfront)  and two Hot Tubs (one oceanfront)
  • Nightly Live Hawaiian Entertainment
  • Oceanfront Signature Restaurant
  • Two Bars
  • Cultural Activities
  • Tennis Ranch with 11 lighted tennis courts
  • Concierge
  • Wedding Services & Coordinators
  • So much more is offered than I have room to include in one blog post

To get started planning your Maui  Honeymoon, Destination Wedding or Milestone Wedding Anniversary at the Royal Lahaina Resort contact Maui Master Specialist  Linda Dancer

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

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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Celebrates 46 Years Nov 04

Coffee Cherry

The Kona Coffee Festival  is celebrating its 46th anniversary making it Hawaii’s oldest food festival. The celebration lasts for 10 days of annual fan favorites and new exciting events promoting and perpetuating the culture, heritage, artistry and rich history behind Kona’s nearly 200 year old world famous cup of coffee. This years  celebration runs from Friday November 4th – Sunday November 13th 2016. Check the website above for the updated schedule of events for the festival and set your calendar accordingly.

Also check out my blog post on Kona Coffee for one of my favorite Kona Coffee farm tours.

For more information on Hawaii Island, contact Linda Dancer  Hawaii Master Destination Specialist   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or Direct Line 931-337-0770

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Restaurant Week Wailea Oct 28

Mark your calendar now if you are lucky enough to be on Maui  Nov 6-12th 2016 !   A celebration of Wailea’s finest cuisine will take place at 20 participating resort restaurants throughout Wailea. Each participating resort restaurant has agreed to make a contribution to the Maui Food Bank for every pre-fixe entree sold during Restaurant Week.

DUO Steak and Seafood at Four Seasons Wailea

DUO Steak and Seafood at Four Seasons Wailea

Wailea Resort community has long been known for award winning culinary talent, celebrity chefs and award winning restaurants so hosting restaurant week is just a natural  way for the community to give back. Chefs have created  fabulous three course, pre-fixe menus for just 29, $39 or $49 per person (depending upon the restaurant) beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in this price. Some restaurants enhance this promotion by also creating wine pairings to enjoy with your meal at special pricing.

No tickets, passes or coupons are needed- just make your reservations and enjoy and know that you are helping to raise money for a great cause.  Check out the the participating list of restaurants on the Wailea Resort Association website and make your reservations with Open Table – also view sample menu as well.

For more information on Maui  contact Linda Dancer – Maui Master Destination Specialist   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or Direct Line 931-337-0770

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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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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Holo Holo Charters Feb 26

Regardless of the Hawaiian Islands that you choose to visit you really must get out and explore the island. If you are visiting the island of Kaua’i you must take a boat tour of the Napali Coast and I suggest you book your boat tour with Holo Holo Charters.

Kevin &  Marcie Millett

Kevin & Marcie Millett

Holo Holo was founded in 1997 by Kevin and Marcie Millet with a simple idea – to build amazing high speed boats that could handle Kauai’s challenging ocean conditions and share the amazing natural beauty along the Napali Coast and the forbidden island of Niihau with visitors. Recognized as one of Hawaii’s premier multi-hull designer boat builders, Kevin Millet used his skills to design and build custom performance catamarans operated by Holo Holo Charters and together with his wife Marcie and an exceptional staff, passengers are treated to a first-class vacation experience.

Kauai Boat Building

Kauai Boat Building

The fleet includes : Holo Holo a 65′ Power Catamaran, Leila a sleek sailing catamaran, Adventurer II and III rigid inflatables (not to be confused with a zodiac rubber raft) for a superfast thrilling experience. Set sail on Holo Holo for Niihau and Napali Super Tour or Napali Sunset Sightsee, or choose Leila and enjoy a beautiful morning sail along Napali Coast,  or if you seek a thrilling experience then choose the super fast Adventurer II or III for a Napali Snorkel Adventure. **boat tours include food and beverage along with snorkel gear – learn more about the individual tours on their website to choose best option for you.

              Napali Coastline

Napali Coastline

To book your visit to Kaua’i contact Kauai Master 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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Surviving Bridal Show Season Jan 01
Come visit my booth!

Come visit my booth!

Experts in the wedding industry tell us that December is one of the busiest months for engagements over the Christmas holidays, thus prompting the bridal show frenzy that begins in early January and continues through the spring, and begins again in early fall. Having participated in hundreds of bridal shows as a vendor, and attending several shows with my son and his fiancé while planning their wedding, these are a few tips I have learned along the way that I hope will help you survive attending bridal shows in your local market.

* Watch for local advertising  on the radio, local newspaper or wedding vendors for ticket discounts for purchasing your tickets in advance, also purchasing your tickets in advance sometimes will also pre-register you for prizes.

* Before you go I would suggest that you come up with a unique wedding  email such as jonesandsmithwedding@gmail.com and then print sheets of return address labels- this will save you valuable time not having to print your name, address and phone number for each booth you visit as most of them will have a giveaway of some sort.

* If possible, take a friend or two with you to help carry all the collateral you will pickup along the way from vendors, bridal shows can be loud and busy so having another set of eyes and ears will help you to recall what vendors you were really drawn to. Most bridal shows give you a bag with registration, but I would suggest you take a large strong bag with you to carry everything in just in case.

Classic Bride and Formals "Great Bridal Store in      Charlote area "

Classic Bride and Formals
“Great Bridal Store in Charlotte area “

*Have a plan and think about your top priorities for vendors- Is your priority finding the perfect wedding dress, venue, wedding cake or Honeymoon? When you first arrive to the bridal show and check in, you will be given a list of vendors-take the time to find the location of your top priority vendors, visit them first before they give away their information or their booth gets crowded and you will not be able to have a quality conversation with them.

If you are in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, come visit me at the Carolina Bridal Fair  at the Cabarrus Arena on January 17,2016- I will be in booths 503-504-lots of other great vendors such as Classic Bride and Formals, Nona’s Sweets and Bakery (seen on Platinum Weddings) and Erin Padgett Events will be there as well. I would love to talk with you about planning your Destination Wedding or Honeymoon. Not finding any local bridal shows in your area or a vendor that you are connecting with? I have clients from around the world and would love the opportunity to assist you.

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

 

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Mele Kalikimaka Dec 25
         Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all my readers and loyal clients Merry Christmas today- and as they say in the Hawaiian Islands Mele Kalikimaka !

Linda Dancer – Hawaiian Islands Master Agent

Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

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