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Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa Oct 26

Towering lobby

Aulani  a Disney Resort & Spa is located about 30-45 minutes from Waikiki in the secluded Ko’Olina Resort Community. Located on a  beautiful beach Aulani is a perfect choice for families and honeymooners alike. From the moment you step into the towering atrium lobby you know you have arrived at a special place. The designers of Aulani put a great deal of attention into bringing Hawaiian culture and sense of place in many aspects of design. Restaurant names such as Makahiki (annual Hawaiian Harvest festival), AMA’AMA(local mullet fish) and Lava Shack continue the theme.

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Guest staying at Aulani have many complimentary amenities available to them such as Aunty’s Beach House, Luana Lounge for early check in/check out, in room amenities such as robes,mini fridge,Blue-Ray DVD player, daily turndown service, and a limited number of sand wheelchairs are available on a first come first serve basis for use on the beach area, this should give you an idea of what is available. Of course what would a Disney resort be without entertainment and that certainly applies to Aulani / Starlit Hui-an evening gathering of music,dance and fun blending traditional Hawaiian and modern entertainment, Po La’ila’i-Sunset Gathering Ceremony, ‘Ohana (family) movie nights,Mo’olelo Fireside story telling and Character Meet & Greets.

Menehune Bridge

So many recreational activities for all ages in Waikolohe Valley including the Menehune Bridge a favorite for the children where they learn about the legendary “little people” who are responsible for mysterious happenings around the islands, as they climb and splash and play on the play structure. Guest can also climb on a tube and glide through the Waikolohe Stream, snorkel in Rainbow Reef the only private snorkel lagoon on O’ahu, or enjoy the 8200 square feet of the Waikolohe Pool. Located between the two towers of Aulani  the Waikolohe Valley offers hours of fun and memories for a lifetime. It is so hard to describe Aulani in a brief blog post, but I do hope you will  be able to visit soon with your family.

Aulani  92-1185 Ali’inui Drive,Kapoloei, Hawai’i 96707

Linda Dancer O’ahu Master Specialist

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

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Waimea Valley Sep 15
not your average lilly pads

World Class Botanical Gardens

Waimea Valley plays a rich and culturally significant place in O’ahu history. Each island has a section referred to as Waimea(Hawaiian word meaning reddish water,caused by runoff from red volcanic soil rich in iron oxide)so don’t be confused when you hear the reference to Waimea on individual islands.
Waimea Valley on O’ahu historically was the home to and was ruled by a long line of Ali’i Nui(kings), Ali’i(Chiefs) and Kahuna Nui(High Priests). The last Kahuna Nui to reside in Waimea Valley was Hewahewa, the High Priest from the Island of Hawai’i.  From the moment you enter the valley, you can feel you have arrived at a special place. From the towering trees that stand guard over the entrance, to beautiful lilly ponds  that line the way as you start the 3/4 mile hike up to Waimea Falls there is beauty everywhere. Despite the valley going through many changes over the years, the mana(life force, essence) still remains and the urge to protect this important ahupua’a(Hawaiian land division that extends from the mountains to the sea) is the mission of the Stewards and Staff of Hi’ipaka LLC.
How about a dip in a cool waterfall pool ? 

Waimea Falls

A special treat  for those that choose to take the 3/4 mile  approximate 30 minute walk up to Waimea Falls, the pleasure of taking a dip in the cool pond that forms below Waimea Falls. For those that can’t walk up on their own, there is also a shuttle that can take you up to the falls.  The size of the falls will be determined by recent rainfall on the island overall, but still an exhilarating experience. Life guards and some water toys available to assist visitors. Great photo op for  honeymooners under the waterfall for sure.

 

Why visit Waimea Valley? What is there to do ?

Waimea Valley offers  Cultural Tours and Events – Educational Programs- Guided Hikes (well worth the cost) -On going conservation- Volunteer opportunities -Special events such as WEDDINGS -Facility rentals for special events- on line gift shop-Moonwalks-Plant Sales- and Workshops(check on line for schedule) a lovely cafe with salads, wraps  and so forth  and treat yourself to a mango smoothie.

Waimea Valley- Daily from 9:00am-5:00pm (Closed Thanksgiving,Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)

Located:   59-864 Kamehameha Highway , Hale’iwa, Hawai’i 96712    Phone (808) 638 7766        Website www.Waimeavalley.net

For more information on this and other O’ahu activities  contact Linda Dancer      linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Direct Line  828-256-1520

 

  Don’t forget the best way to enjoy your stay on the islands is to get out and Explore !  

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Visit The Lyon Arboretum on O’ahu Oct 12

Visit The Lyon Arboretum on O’ahu

Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

Address: 3860 Manoa Rd, past University of Hawaii

Location: Near the top of the road

Transportation: The Bus: #5 from Waikiki

Phone: 808/988-0456

Web site: www.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum

Prices a new guided tour at $5.00 per person; call ahead to schedule. Please mention Linda Dancer, your O’ahu Visitors Bureau Destination Specialist, so they may track their new business.

OVERVIEW

The Lyon Arboretum dates back to 1918, when the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association wanted to demonstrate the value of watershed for reforestation. In 1953 it became part of the University of Hawaii, where they continued to expand the extensive collection of tropical plants. Six-story-tall breadfruit trees, yellow orchids no bigger than bus tokens, ferns with fuzzy buds as big as human heads . . . These are just a few of the botanical wonders you’ll find at the 194-acre Lyon Arboretum. A whole different world opens up to you along the self-guided 20-minute hike through the arboretum to Inspiration Point. You’ll pass more than 5,000 exotic tropical plants full of singing birds in this cultivated rainforest (a University of Hawaii research facility) at the head of Manoa Valley.

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