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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  

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


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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:  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  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 ;

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Favorite Island Signs May 02

Signs are used throughout the world to advertise, bring attention to something or to alert to possible danger. These are some of my favorites that I have seen as I travel throughout  the  Hawaiian Islands. Something to be said  for keeping it short and sweet, colorful and attention grabbing.

Watch out for falling Coconuts at the Ali'i Fishpond on Molokai

Kauai Marriott Weather Station


Original Donkey Ball store on the Hawai'i The Big Island - incredible chocolate and more



Molokai  – Ali’i Fishpond – the Ka Honua Momona Organization is working to restore this historical fishpond, more information to follow in a future blog post

Hawai’i    The Big Island – Donkey Ball Factory – located at 79-7411 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kainaliu ,Hi 96750 – 8 miles south of Kona  – Same factory & store location for over 12 years ! Donkey Balls made-in-house  using only Guittard Chocolate -Handcrafted gourmet chocolates, Kona Coffee and Gifts !

Kauai –  the weather station  at the Kauai Marriott, more accurate  than  other weather reports for sure, it has always been correct during my visits to the resort.

Do you have  some personal favorites of your own ?

For more information  contact me:   Phone   828-256-1530  / Email  /  Facebook


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Surf Film Festival at Mauna Lani Aug 16

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bugalows, located on Hawaii, the Big Island, is proud to sponsor the Kona Surf Film Festival on December 2 and 3, 2011! This festival will celebrate everything we love about the ocean, and all proceeds will benefit “Sea-Thos”, a foundation dedicated to reversing ocean damage.

Kona Surf Film Festival

For more information, visit or contact me to make your plans –!

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What’s Big About Hawaii, The Big Island? Aug 16

Hawaii, The Big Island

Hawaii, The Big Island, wants you to know what makes it such a special place and unbeatable experience! Here’s more from the Hawaii Convention and Visitor’s Bureau:

Long before our island’s name, “Hawaii,” was given to our state, it was the name of a kingdom. Hawaii is the birthplace of the great warrior King Kamehameha I, who in 1810 first unified all the islands under one rule, creating the Kingdom of Hawaii. “Hawaii” – first an island, then a kingdom, now a state. But then and now, always an island.
BIG ISLAND Yes, there’s a very good reason why our nickname is “Big Island.” At 4,028 square miles, we are so big that all the other main Hawaiian Islands could fit inside us – almost twice. Real quick let’s do the math: Maui is 729 square miles; Oahu, 607; Kauai, 533; Molokai, 260; Lanai, 141; Niihau, 69 and Kahoolawe 45. Add up all our sister isles and you get 2,384 square miles, which would fit inside Hawaii Island 1.7 times. All that square mileage equals one big playground. Hiking, biking, driving, horseback riding, flightseeing – we have it all, and then some!
BIG, NOT BUSY Hawaii, the Big Island is not Oahu. Although the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom was once located on our island in historic Kailua Village, today’s state capital is Honolulu on the most populous Hawaiian Island, Oahu. We do not have Waikiki Beach. Instead, we have beaches where sea turtles sometimes outnumber the humans. According to the 2008 census, Hawaii County, (the Big Island) had less than 200,000 residents spread out among 4,028 square miles. Compare that to Oahu at 905,034 in 607 square miles.
INSPIRING ACTIVE VOLCANO A volcanic eruption is one of nature’s magnificent spectacles. Kilauea volcano has been erupting almost continuously since 1983, providing a stunning show for visitors, with fiery, periodic ocean entries creating the newest land on Earth, and a steaming, glowing fissure in the summit crater – home of the tempestuous volcano goddess Pele. No wonder that visitors gape in awe at the dramatic beauty of it all from an oceanside viewing area and several overlooks within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
BIG MOUNTAINS No, sorry Mt. Everest, but at 29,029 feet you’re not the tallest mountain on the planet. Maunakea, measured from its base on the seafloor is some 33,000 feet tall. Our broad shield volcano Maunaloa, is Earth’s most massive volcano. Maunaloa is also the planet’s second tallest mountain, topping 30,077 feet from its sea floor base.
INSPIRING NATIONAL PARKS Hawaii Island’s powerful natural, cultural and historical importance within the state of Hawai‘i is reflected in the fact that, of the nine U.S. National Park Service sites within the state, five of them are on Hawaii Island. Sprawling Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (333,086 acres) is an unparalleled natural display of volcanic forces, endemic plants and rare birds. Three other national sites – Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, Puukohol Heiau National Historic Site and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park – make ancient Hawaiian history come alive. And the 175-mile Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail is easily one of the most dazzling beautiful hikes you’ll ever take.
BIG SKY There are several reasons why some of the world’s most powerful astronomical telescopes have been built atop 13,796-foot Maunakea – its isolation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean means exceptionally clear, dry air and low light impact. There’s also the good fortune to be at an optimal geographic position on the planet. Poised at 19.5 degrees north latitude means that we can see the entire Northern Hemisphere and 90 percent of the Southern Hemisphere. Lucky visitors can see the North Star and Southern Cross in the same evening. No wonder Maunakea is one of the world’s foremost sites for astronomy.
INSPIRING MARINE PRESERVES Hawaii Island has about double or more of the shoreline of any other Hawaiian Island. So it’s no big surprise that we have more marine conservation districts than any other island: Kealakekua Bay, Old Kona Airport, Waialea Bay, Lapakahi and Waiopae Tidepools. And that’s just to get your feet wet. You can put on your mask and snorkel or scuba gear at lots of places all around the island, and depending on where you dive in, it’s not unusual to spot sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays, colorful reef fish, and multitudes of other sealife.
BIG ENVIRONMENT We don’t blame you for being skeptical, but yes, it’s true: Hawaii Island has all but two of the world’s main climate zones. What we don’t have, we’re happy to say, is Ice Cap (think Arctic and Antarctic), and continental/microthermal climate (think Siberia). What we do have: Humid Tropical (Hilo), Arid and Semi Arid (Kohala Coast), Temperate (upcountry Holualoa) and Ice Climate/periglacial (summits of Maunakea and Maunaloa), plus several subcategories.
INSPIRING HERITAGE A rich, diverse heritage is nearly everywhere you turn on Hawaii Island: primeval petroglyphs carved into lava; paniolo (cowboys) galloping across historic working ranches; nimble fingers strumming ukulele and slack key guitars, or weaving lau hala (pandanus leaves) into pieces of practical art. And of course, hula. It’s hard to match the combination of grace, fearsome power, beauty, history, myth and cultural depth of Hawaiian hula. And nothing can match the “Olympics” of hula, the Merrie Monarch Festival, which takes place each spring in Hilo on Hawaii Island.
BIG GOLF Hawaii Island is the state’s acknowledged “Golf Capital,” with more oceanfront golf holes than any other island in the Pacific. Here you can play golf amid some of the most stunning scenery anywhere – lush fairways between dramatic black lava fields, sand traps in a tropical rainforest, and those famous oceanside greens where a gallery of whales may politely watch you three-putt. And there’s nothing like a 19th hole where you can kick off your golf shoes and dig your toes in the sand as you sip delicious tropical umbrella drinks with names like … lava flow.
INSPIRING MENU With our cultural and ethnic diversity and our diverse climates that nurture a wide variety of farm produce and ranching, Hawaii Island is a big mixed plate of all kinds of delicious local foods. Enjoy the bounty at our Hawaii Regional Cuisine restaurants, neighborhood bistros, side street cafés, roadside lunch wagons, farmers markets, and at more than 100 festivals and events throughout the island each year.
IN A (MAC)NUT SHELL With our incredible diversity of natural landscapes and seascapes, agriculture, science, history, culture and places for visitors to call home while here, Hawaii Island is clearly BIG and Inspiring.
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To learn more about the beautiful Big Island or to book your Hawaiian getaway today, contact me!!

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