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National Tropical Botanical Gardens – Kaua’i Apr 26

Jurassic Park Trees

 The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich the lives of those that visit through discovery,research, conservation and education.  Their goal is to ensure the survival of many plants species that are near extinction for future generations to enjoy. The not-for-profit institution works tirelessly at five gardens and three preserves in Hawai’i and in Florida.
With three Gardens on Kaua’i  to enjoy, I suggest you begin your journey by stopping by the Bill and Jean Lane Visitors Center  and gift shop, this is also the check-in point to catch the tram into McBryde and Allerton Gardens..
Allerton Garden– my personal favorite  is just incredible, the Moreton Bay Figs (also known as the Jurassic Park Trees) shown here are amazing-the above ground root structure is as deep as I am tall, I felt like a small child standing there having my picture taken.  As you move from one outdoor room to another, one can’t help but imagine what it might have been like when Hawaii’s Queen Emma would visit her retreat, for those of us that visit now, we can glimpse the deep-purple bougainvillea that cascades down the cliffs of the Lawa’i Valley,much as it would have been in her day. Reservations required.

Pools and Sculptures


McBryde Garden – more secluded between rugged cliffs  and stretching down to the valley below McBryde Garden is a garden lovers dream come true, a magical expanse of tropical flora. Many rare and endangered Hawaiian species are watched and studied carefully and efforts are made to protect them from extinction. Take time to visit the Canoe Garden, literally like taking a walk back into ancient Hawai’i. Breath deeply as you stroll along the stream that will eventually find the sea, you are in such a unique biodiversity of native and exotic plants.
Brides looking for a private more exclusive location for their Destination Wedding, McBryde Garden might be a perfect option for you-several locations in this garden as well as the Southshore Visitors Center, can accommodate an intimate ceremony or a grand event.  Reservations are not required to visit this garden.
Limahuli Garden
Located 1/4 mile before Ke’e Beach, north Kaua’i  is set in a lush tropical valley surrounded by towering peaks crafted by years of winds and rain, and offers natural beauty. Walking through lava rock terraces built by early inhabitants and see taro (a Hawaiian staple) still thriving there today. A visit to Limahuli Garden is like taking a step back into ancient times. The love for the land is such an important of Hawaiian culture, and nowhere is this more evident than here at Limahuli Garden. Reservations are required to tour Limahuli Gardens whether self guided or guided.
Headquarters: National Tropical Botanical Garden, 3530 Papalina Road,Kalaheo,HI 96741    email     or
Limahuli Garden Tours  Reservations  (808) 826-1053  Tuesday–Saturday   930am – 400pm
Guided  2- 21/2 hours   or  Self-Guided  1- 1/2 hours ** Visitors must walk 3/4 mile on a loop trail ,steep in some areas so comfortable walking shores are sugested.
McBryde or Allerton Garden Tours (808) 742 -2623- All tours require 15-minute tram ride into the Lawa’i Valley – balance of the tours are walking tours-trams depart from Visitors Center – check in 15 minutes prior to tram departure time -Located 4425 Lawa’i Road  in Po’ipu (across from Spouting Horn)
Contact LindaDancer Toll Free 1-888-811-1888ext 331  or Direct Line 828-256-1520

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Please Show Respect Nov 02


Sacred Grounds

As a travel consultant who specializes in sending many visitors each year to visit The Hawaiian Islands I try to provide them with as much information as possible. Throughout the booking process we discuss  which islands to visit,  which activities, which restaurants  and so forth. I love sharing the information I have gathered over the years and many visits to each of the islands about all the fun stuff there is to do, but it is also my  Kuleana (responsibility) to make sure that visitors know that when they see culturally sensitive sites  marked with signs that say KAPU (keep out- forbidden) they need to respect these sites and stay out.
I was so upset on my most recent visit to the islands while visiting such a site a malihini (tourist or visitor) went running right by this sign as well as others that were posted and just kept on running.  I wondered to myself  how he made his reservations to visit the island  on his own or through a travel agent, and how much time had been spent learning about all the beautiful things Hawaii
has to offer, but obviously very little time about the Hawaiian Culture.
   From the very first time I visited  the Hawaiian Islands, I felt they were very special and continue to try to learn more about the culture and history. It must break the heart of  kama’aina (native born or islanders) when they witness someone disrespect their Hawaiian Heritage. To many visitors  it may just look like a pile of rocks , mound of dirt or something very common, but when you learn to understand the connection between the Hawaiian people and the ‘aina  (the land) it helps put everything into prospective. We grow up knowing that Hawaii is one of the United States, but to native Hawaiians  there was a monarchy and most of these sites have a connection to the royal family somehow, a birth site, site of their residence or sacred resting place.
 They also have a deep respect for their  rainforest, waterfalls, rivers and the ocean as well as so many other treasures that are Hawaii so  please be careful to observe their signs, place your ‘opala  (trash or rubbish) only in designated places and help to maintain the beauty that is Hawaii for generations to come. We should always remember that we are malihini   (tourists or visitors) and that those that came before us took care of it for us and it is our responsibility to do the same for those that visit after us.
Normally  I so enjoy sharing fun  enlightening things about my visits to the islands, but I just felt compelled to write about our responsibilities to always repect the Hawaiian People, after all we are visiting their homeland .
Mahalo Nui Loa ( Thank you very much)
Linda Dancer    Email     Toll Free 1-888-811-1800 ext 331

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Relaxation Found Feb 24


Webster’s dictionary  defines relaxation as the act of relaxing of the body or mind; or the condition of being relaxed. Everyone has their own definiton of exactly what relaxation means to them, and exactly what it takes for them  to be relaxed. Many people need to be completely unplugged from their daily enviroment of  the office, cell phones, lap tops and other electronic devices that although they make our lives easier, in a way they also hold us hostage . I know for me, I fall into that category and  the following help me to find  rest, relaxation and peace when I go on vacation .

Incredible  Resort Pools

Hawaii is know for many things, definitely  incredible resort pools  should be on that list . Among my favorites are the  Four Seasons Wailea ,  Ritz-Carolton Kapalua  and  Fairmont Kea Lani

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Four Seasons Pool

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

Beautiful  Beaches   

Beautiful beaches can be found throughout  the Hawaii Islands. Three of my favorites  are beautiful white sand beaches but throughout the islands you will also find  shades of black and golden sand due to volcanic activity.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel


Hammocks beg you to unplug  and let go  for  a while, to enjoy the peaceful breeze, the sound of the wind in the palm trees, the smell of tropical flowers wafting throught the air. Close your eyes for a few moments and be carried away.

Hilton Waikoloa Village

The Modern Honolulu

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows

What is your idea of relaxation ?

Can you see yourself laying by one of these resort pools , on one of these beautiful beaches  or stealing a few private moments in one of these hammocks ?

Contact me to help you find relaxation  Email :  or by phone   828-256-1520

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