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

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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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Walking tour of Honolulu’s Chinatown Jul 10

Looking for something different to do while visiting Oahu?  How about taking a walking tour of Honolulu’s Chinatown.  Just minutes  from Waikiki, so much culture and diversity. The tour takes  one to two hours  depending upon how much time you spend browsing and  best done during day light hours.

Walking Tour of Chinatown

Look Funn Factory

Walking tour of Chinatown

Walking Tour of Chinatown


The earliest origins of Chinese laborers  from the Guangdong Province  to Oahu  is in the 1850’s, where catching on quickly, they figured out they would earn more money by setting up small shops and restaurants than they could ever earn working in the fields and so Honolulu’s  Chinatown was born. However, tragedy struck Chinatown with fire once in 1886 and again in 1900. The determined merchants built a new Chinatown in the same spot and were rewarded in the 1930’s when visitors to Oahu arrived by ship, and being close to the pier  many visitors  visited their shops and restaurants. Likewise, during the 1940’s  military personnel  on leave flocked to the shops  to pickup something exotic to take home with them.

After several years of deteriorating conditions and neglect,  Chinatown  has once again emerged with intense urban renewal projects (some of the more colorful activities such as a couple topless bars are still there)  but primarily when you visit Chinatown today, you will find a great mix of Asian cultures, sights, sounds and smells to tease the senses  and a great way to get out and about and talk story with the locals.

I had the awesome  opportunity to be on a tour  by  Chef Chai  Chaowasaree  the owner of Chai’s Island Bistro. He is so informative about choosing  fresh fruits, vegetable and seafood, no wonder that everything on the menu at his restaurants taste so wonderful. Do yourself and favor and make having dinner at Chai’s Island Bistro a must.  Check out the entertainment schedule on his website, Danny Couch  preforms most Saturday nights.

Linda Dancer at Chai's Island Bistro

Chef Chai Chaowasaree

Chef Chai


The best way to enjoy any of the Hawaiian islands is to get out and explore, and no visit to Oahu  is complete without a visit to this historic and exotic district.

Chai’s Island Bistro – Innovative Pacific Rim Cuisine   
(808) 585-0011
Also if  you are having a destination wedding , Chai also catering , and would be a wonderful choice .

For more information on walking tours of Chinatown  or other information about the island of Oahu , contact  Linda Dancer  Email , direct line (828) 256 1520   or website

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Hawaiian Vanilla Company Feb 07

Everytime I return to Hawaii, I am continually amazed by the new opportunities to explore a new farm to table experience . My most recent opportunity was on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Hawaii Vanilla Company.

From the moment  you drive up to the cozy yellow cottage which serves as the restaurant and gift shop , you know you have arrived at somewhere special.  A hand written message of aloha welcomes you and beckons you to come on in .

Vanilla Production  This family ran farm is owned by Jim and Tracy Reddekopp . Jim and his family grow the only commercial vanilla in the United States . From growing the Orchids that produce the vanilla , to producing a wide range of products that are sold in the gift shop , an incredible restaurant , afternoon tea , a farm tour and lunch experience , there are so many opportunities at Hawaiian VanillaCompany . 

"  A true family affair "

Located on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea , the growing conditions  are perfect for growing the Vanilla Orchid, and they have found many wonderful opportunities to include vanilla  in cooking ingredients, teas,  body lotions, soaps and other products.

"in the gift shop "

Unique Hawaii Weddings

In addition , Jim and Tracy now offer  the opportunity to have a small intimate  wedding ceremony  on the knoll overlooking the farm and the Pacific Ocean . A delightful farm fresh reception for up to 30 guest  can then be held at the Vanilla Kitchen , so for the   “Foodie”  bride and groom looking for something special for their wedding ceremony , Hawaiian Vanilla Company would be a perfect match .


If you have already planned to have your wedding somewhere else on the island, then consider Hawaiian Vanilla Company for your reception location ,regardless Jim and Tracy Reddekopp with exceed your expectations and look forward to hearing from you.

"Reception setup"

For more wedding information contact Tracy Reddekopp  (808) 776-1771 or email  at


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