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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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Hanalei Sep 29

Taro Fields

Fresh cup of coffee in hand, I leave my resort  in Poipu  to  drive to Hanalei.  Many clients ask whether or not it is worth the time to drive to Hanalei, and the answer is definitely not to be missed if at all possible when you visit the island of Kaua’i, after all this is the Island of Discovery or also referred to as ” The Garden Isle”  so  you should take every opportunity to see where these nicknames came from.  As  you cross over the one lane Hanalei bridge, that is your que to slow down, take a deep breath and enjoy yourself.  The scene of endless acres of Taro Fields  might look a little familiar  some scenes for Lilo & Stitch were filmed here. In addition  some of the Taro Farmers are offering tours of the fertile fields that have produced Taro for over a thousand years. A story book setting below the lush green mountains, the kalo lo’i (flooded fields of taro) produce the majority of the states taro used to make poi (pounded taro root) a staple in the Hawaiian diet. I love taking tours that benefit small 501(c)3 Nonprofits  such as  Ho’opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill.

Wai’oli Hui’ia Church

As you travel along Kuhio Highway you will come to this historic Wai’oli Hui’ia Church  – services have been held here since 1834, a beautiful Hanalei landmark  -” i ka poli o Hanalei”(in the heart of Hanalei). In addition to the church you can also tour the Wai’oli Mission House ,restored in 1921, the mission house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take time for a guided tour of this early missionary home of Abner and Lucy Wilcox, with historical furnishings and learn about rural life on Kaua’i as it would have been 160 or so years ago.  Kahu(Pastor) Alpha Goto invites  visitors to the sanctuary of the church on Sunday at 10am for service . He invites you to come as you are whether in a tie or aloha wear -The Lord welcomes all who seek him. Hymns are sang from a Na Himeni  or Hawaiian Hymnal.  Some key Hawaiian words a visitor might expect to hear on Sunday might be  Aloha Kakahiaka (Good Morning) , E pule ka Kou (Let us Pray) , Ka Haku(The Lord) it is easy to follow along  in the service as English words are printed  as well , even the Keiki (children) will be blessed  with Ka Manawa Na Keiki(Time with Children). The church is also a popular place for intimate weddings and vow renewals if you contact church office.

Hanalei Pier

 As pretty as the other sites are along the way to Hanalei, probably the most popular with first time and repeat visitors as well has to be the Hanalei Pier. A landmark since 1892( the original wooden structure was replaced by the current concrete structure in 1922), but made famous in the 1958 move “South Pacific”, and the beach and area surrounding the Pier has been the backdrop for many movies since. I suggest for visitors to go into the sleepy town of Hanalei filled with colorful shops, coffee shops, art galleries and several restaurants ( get some sandwiches to go and  have a picnic at the end of the pier) panoramic views of the of Hanalei Bay surround you. As you gaze towards Lumaha’i Beach – imagine what it would have been like to be Mitzi Gaynor as she sang “washed that man right out of my hair” in Hollywood’s musical South Pacific, or if you would rather grab your towel and have your picnic on the beach  on Hanalei Bay – Dr. Beach named it America’s Best Beach in 2009 – either way a memorable experience.  As if this was not reason enough to visit Hanalei Bay, watching the sunset here is another not to be missed experience if at all possible


Contact:  Linda Dancer  Kaua’i Master Specialist  with Kaua’i Visitors Bureau to plan your visit.

Email   Phone 828-256-1520 Website    Facebook

Don’t forget the best way to enjoy your visit to the islands is to get out and explore !

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“First Lady of Ranching” Jun 03

"First Lady of Ranching"

The Big Island of Hawaii is known for volcanoes, waterfalls and beautiful beaches,  but did you also know that  the “First Lady of Ranching” in Hawaii was also from the Big Island? If you follow my blogs, you know I am about getting out and about on the islands  to learn the cultural  and history of each island. I recently had the opportunity to visit The Anna Ranch Heritage Center  and wanted to share this special place with you.

Who was the “First Lady of Ranching ” in Hawaii ?  

Anna Leialoha Lindsey Perry-Fiske  lived an amazing life  and would be a great inspiration and role model for the young women of today. Anna was born in 1900 and lived to be 95 years of age. Among her many accomplishments she was one of Hawaii’s best Pa’u riders,an award winning jockey and was known to host the most amazing social events at her ranch to raise funds for the local community of Waimea. Anna was also an amazing businesswoman and changed the ranching industry with her innovative ranching techniques.Anna was inducted into the  Paniolo (cowboy) Hall of Fame in 2009. Many  organizations such as the American Heart Association ,Easter Seals and the Hawaii Preparatory Academy were the benefactors of her Philanthropy.

Ranch House

Why visit Anna Ranch Heritage Center during your visit to the Big Island ?

Visitors to Anna’s ranch will be able to watch blacksmithing,woodworking and saddle making demonstrations and have the opportunity to participate in some of the activities. A new self guided Discovery Trail about the ranch will take about 30 minutes and will feature educational interpretive panels highlighting historical,cultural and botanical sights of the property. Visitors will tour the fourteen room historic ranch home with a collection of Hawaiian Koa wood furniture,china,fine millinery and other treasures. The ranch was originally purchased in 1848 by Englishman James Fay and his Hawaiian chiefly wife Ka’ipukai and was in the same ranching family for five generations. The ranch sits on 110 lush green acres in Waimea,the former training grounds for the warriors in Kamehameha the Great’s army. Listed on both the National and State Registers of Historical Places.

Anna's Hall

Are you a cowgirl at heart looking for a unique destination wedding venue ?

The Anna Ranch Heritage Center is a wonderful location for an outdoor wedding  the warm and friendly staff can assist you and guide you through the planning process . From the Orange Tree Grove  for 100+ guest ,Anna’s Garden can accommodate weddings up to 500 guest , Salvia Garden seats 50-60 guests, Wai’au’ia Stream seats 40 guests, The Knoll seats 50-80 guests   and  Anna’s  Hall  seats 60-80 guests , cocktail style 100 guests    so as you can see there are many options available to you. The center works with a variety of caterers and Waimea Party Rentals and Big Island Tents can help you create your magical wedding. If you are looking for a unique , historic venue , surrounded by lush green valleys, a stream running through the property and beautiful gardens throughout The Anna Ranch Heritage Center would be worth you checking out .


The Anna Ranch Heritage Center is a 501c3 private Non-Profit Organization for Cultural & Historical Education

Website    Phone  (808) 885-4426    Located  65-1480 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743

For more information on Anna’s Ranch  or all things  Hawaii   email me   Direct Line 828-256-1520 and find me on Facebook

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