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Watching Mushrooms Grow Jun 27

One of the great things about visiting the Hawaiian Islands is the diversity of activities and tours available to visitors. One of the fastest segments of tours  are foodie , farm or farm to table tours.  Hamakua Mushroom Farm located on Hawaii Island is one such tour that I have had the pleasure of personally experiencing and found the process so interesting. Hamakua Mushrooms are a speciality and exotic mushroom grown in a mixture of corncob, wheat bran and grandis eucalyptus sawdust. Mushrooms are carefully cultivated to grow out of a bottle (shown in my photos above) a method originally developed in Japan. Using the now available automated processes that have been developed allows growers to produce their product commercially. This process has allowed Hamakua Mushrooms to develop their signature “Ali’i” Mushroom.

Hamakua Mushroom Farm  is located in Laupahoehoe on Hawaii Island (Big Island), so think about adding this tour when visiting the Hilo side of the island.  Hawai’i County gives Hawaii Island farmers a chance to showcase their agricultural products while giving visitors a taste of a real farming experience through Hawaii AG Tours.

For larger groups and special events the farm also has an Events House – chef catered menus can be created for your special celebration for groups of 4-50 people or information email  reservations@hamakuamushrooms.com  

Contact them directly to book a tour on the Tour Line  (808) 962-0305 

To get started planning your visit to Hawaii contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line (828) 256-1520 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Akatsuka Orchid Gardens Dec 13

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens  located on Hawaii Island has the perfect thing for that hard to buy person on your gift list, my photos of just a few of the beautiful orchids on display in their Orchid show room in Volcano, Hawaii. It might be too late to receive a live plant by Christmas, but they have several opportunities such as their Holiday Orchid Club, several fun items such as socks, beauty products and t-shirts on  their website.

To see if you can still place an order for Christmas this year call them toll free 1-888-967-6669  or email them info@akatsukaorchid.com

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens has one of the larger orchid collections in the state of Hawai’i with over 1000 plants on display, do yourself a favor and schedule a Orchid Greenhouse Tour (last about 1 hour)- I never knew that orchids came in so many beautiful colors and variations, not to mention all the other tropical flowers on display as well. You will even have the opportunity to see an orchid valued at $20,000, and  they have an exclusive collection of Cattleya hobby plants.

Located on Hwy 11 (between mile marker 22 and 23)  on the way to Volcano Town and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Showroom is wheelchair accessible

For more information on booking your trip to Hawai’i Island  contact  Linda Dancer  Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331 Direct Line 828-256-1520

 

Orchids

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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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Un-Cruise the Hawaiian Islands Sep 16

Safari Explorer

  Travel to Hawai’i  is so much more an experience than a trip to a destination. American Safari Cruises  “Hawaiian Seascapes” adventure  offers an all-inclusive floating alternative to flying to an island, staying at a luxury resort and only exploring that one island.  The thirty-six guest Safari Explorer visits the islands of Lana’i , Maui , Moloka’i  and  Hawai’i, the Big Island, areas of the islands that many visitors never have the opportunity to see. Sailing through these beautiful islands on an upscale yacht allows you to immerse yourself into this tropical playground by  activities such as kayaks, talking story, cultural excursions on Moloka’i into Halawa Valley, get above and below the ocean teaming with marine life – some found only in the Hawaiian Islands.  So many incredible experiences such as night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta Rays, visit the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, visit plumeria and macadamia nut farms, stroll Lana’i’s ghostly Shipwreck Beach to the petroglyphs, evening pa’ina(feast) and Hawaiian jam sesson with locals,exclusive cultural experiences in Moloka’i’s Halawa Valley or explore Hawaiian waters in a traditional hand-carved voyaging canoe. Life on board the yacht is enhanced daily by insights from the Expedition leader and the guides and other members of the cruise staff.
Hawaiian Seascapes 
7 nights – Lana’i to Hawai’i, the Big Island (or reverse)
Luxury yacht experience includes : Port charges and taxes,  airport transfers
Incredible meals with Hawaiian flavors and influence and a special pa’ina(old-style luau feast) on Moloka’i , Premium spirits,fine wine and micro-brews, massage and daily yoga classes from the Wellness Director, on board hot tub,sauna and exercise equipment, fleet of double kayaks,stand-up paddle boards,sailboat,snorkeling gear and skiffs – no hassle and extra cost of renting equipment on the beach with this experience, English speaking crew of about 1-2 guests with Expedition Leader/Naturalist and guides, open bridge and tours ashore and on the water.Crew gratuities are the only out of pocket expense.
SPECIAL OFFER :
Special  travel credit of $500 per couple/book and deposit  before September 30th, 2012  
** Based upon availability -contact your Yachtalist below for more info **
 
To book your Hawaiian Seascape  contact  Linda Dancer – an Un-Cruise certified Yachtalist
 Direct Line  828-256-1520  or  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com ; www.honeymoonsinc.com

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