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Let’s go Upcountry Maui Dec 11

Going Upcountry Maui is as much a state of mind as it is an area of Maui, starting at Pukalani, climbing the slopes of magnificent Haleakala to the communities of Makawao, Kula, Keokea and Ulupalakua.

Wind thru green pastures

Wind thru green pastures

Rural Makawao welcomes visitors with hitching posts fronting the boutiques, restaurants and art galleries that are part of the eclectic personality of the area. Voted one of the top 25 arts-related travel destinations in the country, Makawao is the home of the Hui No’eau visual arts center. The center housed in a plantation-era estate home treats visitors to ongoing classes and exhibitions. If you happen to be visiting Maui over the Fourth of July weekend be sure and make time for the Makawao Rodeo, and take in the Paniolo(Hawaiian cowboy) spirit found here.

The farming community of Kula is best known as the home of some of the island’s freshest produce, especially the delicious Kula onion which is incorporated into most local dishes served on the island. Allow time to see the beautiful protea flowers and aromatic lavender at Ali’i Kula Lavender , just beyond Kula you will find the 20,000 acre Ulupalakua Ranch and Tedeschi Winery and Surfing Goat Dairy.

Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm

Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

Ho’okipa Beach Park  attracts pro windsurfers and kite surfers in the winter months when conditions are roughest. Waves on the north shore are huge and make it the perfect place to watch these professionals perform but please heed all posted safety signs if visiting during the winter months. In the summer months this stretch of shoreline is the perfect place to swim and sunbathe or just relax in the sun.

    Ho'okipa Beach Park

Ho’okipa Beach Park

Pa’ia is the perfect place to shop for the perfect gift for friends and family amongst colorful, plantation-era storefronts and boutiques. Shop for surf gear and locally produced art, jewelry and clothing have lunch at one of the ethnic eateries in town or just a short drive to Mama’s Fish House.

If you plan on driving the Road to Hana, you will travel through Upcountry so take time to enjoy the view and enjoy the Upcountry experience. If you have the time there are several lovely bed and breakfast as well as small inns for visitors to stay Upcountry as well.

Planning on visiting Maui– contact Linda Dancer to get started  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   Direct Line 828-256-1520  Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Table 53- You Dine-They Donate! Dec 04

Rum Fire Poipu Beach at Sheraton Kaua’i is known for its vast selection of rum but did you know that it also has a special table that today has raised over $115,000 for local Kaua’i Charities since the program’s inception in October 2012.

           Table 53

Table 53

Table 53 faces the beautifully landscaped Ocean Courtyard with romantic fire pits and features private booth seating for four guests and is perfect for viewing Kauai’s lovely sunsets.

Patrons participateby reserving Table 53 by calling 808-742-4786 on a first come, first served basis. All net food and beverage proceeds are donated to Wilcox Health Foundation, gratuity

will be paid to the server and taxes remitted to the State of Hawaii. Patrons not only will have an incredible meal at Rum Fire Poipu Beach but also the good feeling of making a difference.

To get started booking your visit to Kaua’i contact Linda Dancer – Hawaii Master Destination Specialist   Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Nov 20

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Arriving to the Four Seasons Resort at Historic Hualalai on Hawaii Island is like returning to the gracious Hawai’i of old and following a recent revitalization this award-winning resort is even better than ever. These revitalizations include:

* The new Beach Tree restaurant and lounge- rejuvenated seaside haven, serving handcrafted cocktails, a creative new menu and nightly bonfires in Hualalai’s own outdoor living room.

* The Hualalai Spa and Sports Club has been transformed with new hales, a relaxing outdoor botanical water garden for complimentary pre-treatment rituals and all-new fitness equipment.

* The Alaka’i Nalu ocean activities program- only a three-minute walk from the Sea Shell Pool on Kahuwai Bay, where guests enjoy snorkeling, paddling and swimming at one of Hawai’i’s best beaches

*New Four Seasons Suites – the essence of Hawaiian design reinterpreted in 20 new ocean-view suites with expansive indoor/outdoor living rooms with dramatic views of the Pacific

* Retail expansion– resort retail with Seaside Beach featuring renowned designers and Seaside Luxe a fusion of high-fashion and home linens.

 

Of course this resort is already know for fabulous pools – including Palm Grove Pool for adults only and King’s Pond-a natural aquarium in the lava, a beautiful beach, Pahu i’a Restaurant continues to gain accolades, a world class spa and championship golf.

To get started planning your visit to the Hawaiian Islands contact Linda Dancer Hawaii Master Destination Specialist

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

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Hawaii’s National Parks Nov 13

Visiting Hawaii’s National Parks gives visitors the opportunity to blend history and culture into their itinerary. These national parks, monuments and historical sites allow visitors to explore, learn and get inspired.

On Hawai’i Island, visitors can walk in the footsteps of King Kamehameha the Great at Puukuhola Heiau, the largest restored heiau (temple)in Hawaii, visit Pu’uhonua O Honaunau and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Pu’uhonua O Honaunau

Visitors, especially history buffs visiting O’ahu will enjoy a visit to Pearl Harbor, the only naval base in the United States designated a National Historical Landmark. Pearl Harbor honors its history with four museums: the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

     Arizona Memorial

Arizona Memorial

Visitors to Maui rise very early in the morning to witness a magnificent sunrise on Haleakala the island’s highest peak. Haleakala National Park is comprised of more than 30,000 acres of public land and covers a range of natural environments and is home to many endangered species. This is also the home of the famous sunrise downhill bike ride experience.

      Haleakala

Haleakala

Kalaupapa National Historical Park is located on the island of Molokai and is accessible only by the mule ride, hiking tour or air from Kalaupapa’s small commuter airport. The park was once a place of refuge for Hansen’s Disease patients and remains one of the most remote settlements in Hawaii.

Kalaupapa National Park

Kalaupapa National Park

 

For more information on visiting Hawaii’s National Parks or to plan your trip to the Hawaiian Islands contact Linda Dancer – Hawaii Master Destination Specialist.

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

 

 

 

 

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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

Five fun outdoor activities on Kaua’i Oct 24

With only ten percent of Kaua’i’s landscape accessible by road, to make the most of your visit to Kaua’i you have to get out of your car and go exploring. So many options are available to you from hiking, biking, horseback riding, mountain tubing, ATV adventures probably more options that you will have time for during your stay on the island.

Five of my favorites are :

Riding at Princeville Ranch

Riding at Princeville Ranch

Horseback Riding – ride along bluffs, across foothills, across sugar cane fields past secluded beaches and across working ranches. A variety of companies offer guided tours ranging from 90 minutes to five hours – some will include hiking and a swim in a natural pool below a waterfall. Some offer private tours as well. One of my personal favorites is with Princeville Ranch.

Zipline

Zipline

Zipline- soar like a bird while safely harnessed over some of Kauai’s lush green landscape. Kaua’i is so tropical with so much natural beauty even zip over a hidden waterfall.

Stand up paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding

River Kayaking and Standup Paddle Boarding  -whether  a nice easy paddle along the Wailua River to the famed Fern Grotto, the Huel’ia River to the Menehune Fishpond  or on the Hanalei River. For those that want something with a little more action ocean kayaking is available the summer months, hire a guide for the best experience.

Hiking in the Waimea Canyon

Hiking in the Waimea Canyon

Hiking  – A hiker’s paradise there are so many options depending upon skill level – one popular spot is the Waimea Canyon. Koke’e State Park offers more than 40 miles of footpaths leading to scenic lookouts. The Kalalau Trail along the Napali Coast is the island’s most famous and most challenging at 11 miles. Other popular hikes include Kuilau, Moalepe and Powerline Trailhead. Plan ahead – maps are available through the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Division of State Parks for more hiking information. For your safety never hike alone and be sure and tell someone where you are going.

Mountain Tubing

Mountain Tubing

Mountain Tubing – It is okay to act like a kid when you do this fun activity-grab an inner tube and enjoy your trip down the river. Sturdy tubes let you float down through Kauai’s interior past breathtaking natural beauty. Guided tours, basic instructions and safety equipment provided. My personal favorite is Kauai Backcountry Adventures (photo courtesy of KBA) in addition to mountain tubing they also have some great zipline tours.

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

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

 

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Top 3 Reasons to visit Ulupalakua Ranch Aug 28
Wind thru green pastures

Wind thru green pastures

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I.  The first reason to visit Ulupalakua Ranch – Upcountry Maui is to take the time to drive through lush green pastureland as you drive the winding road that leads to the ranch. Jaw-dropping views of the island below are amazing. Fringed by 150-year-old trees spreading their canopy of shade over the Ranch Store & Grill and Tedeschi Winery just across the street are just waiting to share their story to visitors. Whether you set out to drive just to the Ranch Store or Winery, or if you are on your way to/from driving the Road to Hana you do not want to miss the beautiful drive to the Ulupalakua Ranch.

Maui Cattle Co. Beef

Maui Cattle Co. Beef

II. The second reason to take the time to visit Ulupalakua Ranch would be the slow-roasted Maui Cattle Co. beef brisket with housemade BBQ sauce and olive-oil-and-parsley smashed  potatoes. Sit at a picnic table in the shade of the towering trees, and slip back to a by gone era of 150 years ago when ranch hands also took a break in the shade to enjoy a plate of Maui beef and a cold drink.

III. The third reason is Chef Will Munder – his goal to serve only Maui-grown produce (he also has his own micro farm in Kula). Chef Will’s personal favorite is the juicy Ulupalakua lamb burger with swiss cheese, Waipoli lettuce, sweet Kula onions and ripe tomato.  Visitors have always been able to step up to the counter and order great food but Chef Will has put some new twist on some of the long standing favorites and made everything better. Now everything is made from scratch and as local as possible. The Ulupalakua lamb, beef and famous Elk Burger are part of the commitment of the ranch to serve only meat from the Ranch or from Maui.  And not to worry if you have a GLUTEN ALLERGY like me, I can still have my personal favorite Maui Cattle Co Beef burger on a Gluten Free Roll, my treat of grilled Maui Gold Pineapple for desert.

The open-air grill is fired up at 10 am with Grill Hours from 1100am to 300pm – so plan accordingly –

Take time to shop at the Ulupalakua Store where everything inside the store will put a smile on your face or remind you of times gone by with lots of simple things like red bandanas, silver belt buckles, cowboy hats, jars of ‘olelo berry jam, music by Maui musicians and art by local Maui artists.

After all the motto at the Ulupalakua Ranch is “Happy People” – be sure and take a “selfie” while sitting on the weathered wooden bench on the lanai next to one of the grinning scalawags (created by historic sculptor Reems Mitchell) I dare you try not to grin back at them.

For questions contact Ulupalakua Ranch Store (808) 878-2561 or email them urstore@ulupalakuaranch.com

For assistance in booking your visit to Maui contact Linda Dancer – Maui Master Destination Specialist – Direct Line 828-256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

**photos of Chef Will and Elk Burger from Ulupalakua Ranch

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Waterfalls & Gardens on Hawaii Island Aug 07

 

 

Umauma Falls

Umauma Falls

World Botanical Gardens and Umauma Falls  is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Hawai’i, and a must to include on your list of things to do while visiting Hawaii Island Visitors Bureau and to experience Hawaii’s Natural Beauty. Visitors can experience this beautiful garden by car and on foot. Drive to view exotic palms, banana, kukui and hala trees en route to the spectacular triple-tiered Umauma Falls. Along the way you wind through hau, hibiscus and native Hawaiian plants to the lush Rainforest Walk  that grow along the Honopueo Stream and grims with tropical plants such as ginger, heliconia, green and red jade vine and bamboo. Rainbow Gardens filled with orchids, bromeliads, palms, ti, cinnamon, allspice, the pencil tree and other tropical species. Allow time during your visit to see the adjacent Arboreteum and the Children’s Maze to wander around at your own pace.

The guided tour of the gardens takes approximately 2 hours with horticulturist and Garden Director Dr. Lanny Neel, every Monday and Thursday or by appointment with catered lunch or bring a picnic lunch.

Enjoy the gardens via Segway Tour  or through the air by zipline

Call (808) 963-5427 to schedule your guided tour- Reservations are required or 1-888-947-4753

Directions : From Kona: Take Hwy 19 through Waimea south to Mile Marker 16 and turn right at the sign.  From Hilo: Take Hwy 19 north to Mile Marker 16- left at the sign.

World Botanical Gardens & Umauma Falls  Hours  Open Daily 9am – 5:30pm

To get started planning your visit to Hawaii  contact  Linda Dancer  Hawaii Master Destination Specialist

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

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

Hawaiian Airlines Offers Top Chef Creations Jul 10
Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

Foodies who can’t get enough of island cuisine will be delighted to know that under the direction of Executive Chef Chai Chaowasaree, Hawaiian Airlines is offering first-class cabin passengers from Hawai’i to the mainland  culinary creations from five of Hawaii’s top chefs on a six-month rotation through 2017.

Top Chef’s include Jon Matsubara of Japengo,  Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Café, Wade Ueoka of MW Restaurant and Andrew Le of The Pig & The Lady (all based on O’ahu) and Sheldon Simeon of Maui’s Mala Wailea and Migrant.

To book your vacation to Hawai’i contact  Linda Dancer – Hawai’i Master Destination Specialist    Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free  1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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