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Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa Oct 26

Towering lobby

Aulani  a Disney Resort & Spa is located about 30-45 minutes from Waikiki in the secluded Ko’Olina Resort Community. Located on a  beautiful beach Aulani is a perfect choice for families and honeymooners alike. From the moment you step into the towering atrium lobby you know you have arrived at a special place. The designers of Aulani put a great deal of attention into bringing Hawaiian culture and sense of place in many aspects of design. Restaurant names such as Makahiki (annual Hawaiian Harvest festival), AMA’AMA(local mullet fish) and Lava Shack continue the theme.

Aulani -

Guest staying at Aulani have many complimentary amenities available to them such as Aunty’s Beach House, Luana Lounge for early check in/check out, in room amenities such as robes,mini fridge,Blue-Ray DVD player, daily turndown service, and a limited number of sand wheelchairs are available on a first come first serve basis for use on the beach area, this should give you an idea of what is available. Of course what would a Disney resort be without entertainment and that certainly applies to Aulani / Starlit Hui-an evening gathering of music,dance and fun blending traditional Hawaiian and modern entertainment, Po La’ila’i-Sunset Gathering Ceremony, ‘Ohana (family) movie nights,Mo’olelo Fireside story telling and Character Meet & Greets.

Menehune Bridge

So many recreational activities for all ages in Waikolohe Valley including the Menehune Bridge a favorite for the children where they learn about the legendary “little people” who are responsible for mysterious happenings around the islands, as they climb and splash and play on the play structure. Guest can also climb on a tube and glide through the Waikolohe Stream, snorkel in Rainbow Reef the only private snorkel lagoon on O’ahu, or enjoy the 8200 square feet of the Waikolohe Pool. Located between the two towers of Aulani  the Waikolohe Valley offers hours of fun and memories for a lifetime. It is so hard to describe Aulani in a brief blog post, but I do hope you will  be able to visit soon with your family.

Aulani  92-1185 Ali’inui Drive,Kapoloei, Hawai’i 96707

Linda Dancer O’ahu Master Specialist

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

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Makaha Valley Riding Stables Sep 21

Makaha Valley Riding Stables

Regardless of how many times I return to the beautiful islands of Hawai’i I am constantly amazed at the hidden gems on the islands I have yet to discover and share with my clients. I had such an opportunity on my most recent visit to the island of O’ahu when I had the opportunity to visit Historic Makaha Valley Riding Stables    located on the west side of the island near Waianae. Literally tucked away in the heart of Makaha Valley,a place filled with Hawaiian history and culture.Visitors have the opportunity to learn about country life as a Hawaiian Paniolo(cowboy) or how to be a sustaining country farmer.You have the opportunity to gain hands on experience and learn about plants and animals indigenous to the valley, hike and discover historical sites, hear Hawaiian Legends and stories, and find out the story about Red Top, one of the mountain tips in Makaha Valley. Field trips and excursions are available to showcase the Ahupua’a system,I was so amazed to see the variety of vegetables and plants currently  growing in their Aquaponic System,truly the most amazing gardening system I have every seen anywhere,the series of catch basins, use of live fish, the recycling of water,truly amazing.Visitors will understand what it truly means to be a good steward of the land and why it is so important to protect the environment

Linda Dancer riding Makani

I loved learning everything about the valley  from an educational point of view, but nothing prepared me for my horseback ride up into the valley.  I rode Makani  pronounced mah-KAH-nee — Hawaiian word meaning “wind” .  I do suggest wearing a helmet  as   much of  the ride is through natural sometimes rugged terrain, but the horses are sure footed,  Pete and Al and  the other guides  are so kind and patient and make wonderful trail guides.   The view  from the top of the Valley was incredibly beautiful, and you just feel so fortunate to be in such an incredible spot on the island that so many people never see since it is on private land. There are many  RIDE options , we took part in the Makaha By Sunset(E NOA Twilight Experience Tour), no wonder locals say that the sunset is best seen from the West Side of the island.  After our incredible ride we finished off the evening with a Paniolo Chicken BBQ dinner (Hawaiian style)  complete with rice,salad,corn on the cob,rolls, fresh pineapple spears, drinks  and for dessert  me made S’mores by the campfire.   Equally incredible would be their MAKAHA BY SUNRISE EXPERIENCE – to fully enjoy the early morning tranquility of the valley – for Honeymoon Couples I would suggest to book a VIP Private Ride.
  The Stables are available to host  group functions , special events  and   WEDDINGS  – so if you are looking for something unique  this would be a great choice.
Contact Michael Takamura – Operations Manager  (808) 779-8904 email  mike@makahastables.com
Makaha Stables partners closely with E Noa Tours  (808) 591-2561
For a mountain to the sea adventure Ko Olina Ocean Adventures (808) 396-2068
Contact:   Linda Dancer  (828)256-1520   email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com 
** Most important **  Helping Hawaii’s Keiki (children)
By participating in their programs, you are helping to support the education mission of Makaha Cultural Learning Center which is a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) a Non-Profit 503(3)C 
                            Don’t forget  the best way to enjoy the Hawaiian Islands is to get out and explore !!!!

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Waimea Valley Sep 15
not your average lilly pads

World Class Botanical Gardens

Waimea Valley plays a rich and culturally significant place in O’ahu history. Each island has a section referred to as Waimea(Hawaiian word meaning reddish water,caused by runoff from red volcanic soil rich in iron oxide)so don’t be confused when you hear the reference to Waimea on individual islands.
Waimea Valley on O’ahu historically was the home to and was ruled by a long line of Ali’i Nui(kings), Ali’i(Chiefs) and Kahuna Nui(High Priests). The last Kahuna Nui to reside in Waimea Valley was Hewahewa, the High Priest from the Island of Hawai’i.  From the moment you enter the valley, you can feel you have arrived at a special place. From the towering trees that stand guard over the entrance, to beautiful lilly ponds  that line the way as you start the 3/4 mile hike up to Waimea Falls there is beauty everywhere. Despite the valley going through many changes over the years, the mana(life force, essence) still remains and the urge to protect this important ahupua’a(Hawaiian land division that extends from the mountains to the sea) is the mission of the Stewards and Staff of Hi’ipaka LLC.
How about a dip in a cool waterfall pool ? 

Waimea Falls

A special treat  for those that choose to take the 3/4 mile  approximate 30 minute walk up to Waimea Falls, the pleasure of taking a dip in the cool pond that forms below Waimea Falls. For those that can’t walk up on their own, there is also a shuttle that can take you up to the falls.  The size of the falls will be determined by recent rainfall on the island overall, but still an exhilarating experience. Life guards and some water toys available to assist visitors. Great photo op for  honeymooners under the waterfall for sure.

 

Why visit Waimea Valley? What is there to do ?

Waimea Valley offers  Cultural Tours and Events – Educational Programs- Guided Hikes (well worth the cost) -On going conservation- Volunteer opportunities -Special events such as WEDDINGS -Facility rentals for special events- on line gift shop-Moonwalks-Plant Sales- and Workshops(check on line for schedule) a lovely cafe with salads, wraps  and so forth  and treat yourself to a mango smoothie.

Waimea Valley- Daily from 9:00am-5:00pm (Closed Thanksgiving,Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)

Located:   59-864 Kamehameha Highway , Hale’iwa, Hawai’i 96712    Phone (808) 638 7766        Website www.Waimeavalley.net

For more information on this and other O’ahu activities  contact Linda Dancer      linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Direct Line  828-256-1520

 

  Don’t forget the best way to enjoy your stay on the islands is to get out and Explore !  

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Waikiki has a new vibe ! Apr 13

The island of OAHU is know  as The Gathering Place. The beautiful beaches and excitement of Waikiki have long been the reason visitors come to OAHU, but never has it been more true than the Waikiki of today.  Waikiki has always been known for world class hotels, scenery, exciting  nightlife, shopping and dining , but with the  replinishing of sand to Waikiki Beach nearing completion, Queen Emma’s Palm Grove restored and the Waikiki Beachwalk  there are more reasons than ever to spend more time on Oahu and enjoy all that  Waikiki has to offer. For those that love the Waikiki of yesteryear ,have no fear the iconic images of Diamond Head , Top of Waikiki and the famous Waikiki Beach Skyline are still here as well.

Queen Emma’s Palm Grove beckons you to gather with live Hawaiian Music Concerts : Once the home of Royalty, as history is told a favorite spot of  Queen Emma Kaleleonalani ,wife of King Kamehameha IV , you can feel the spirit of aloha here for sure, be sure and check out the beautiful bronze statue of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great grand-daughter of King Kamehameha ,whose legacy is the education of children of Hawaiian decent through the Kamehameha Schools which benefit from the profits of the Royal Hawaiian Center. 

The Royal Palm Grove is located between The Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center on Kalakaua Ave.  For more information on the Royal Hawaiian Center  http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com

 

Free concerts

Serenity in the middle of Waikiki , grab a MIXED PLATE and enjoy the beauty

Serenity found in the middle of Waikiki

A beautiful place to take in local cultural experiences

New additions to the Waikiki Dining and Nightlife Scene :

Morimoto Waikiki

RUM Fire at Sheraton Waikiki

  • Rumfire www.rumfirewaikiki.com
  • Featuring Pacific Rim of Fire menu – blending Global influences with Hawaiian Focus.
  • Philosophy of Rumfire Waikiki is that food should be shared , it is this blending of conversation and social comfort food  that ignites RumFire Waikiki the best place to live liquid aloha
  • Located at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Waikiki Beachwalk :

Outdoor entertainment plaza,Shop for Hawaiian apparel and more than a dozen restaurants .

For more info   www.waikikibeachwalk.com 

Eight acres of shopping,dining and entertainment

Eight acres of shopping,dining and entertainment

Beautiful attention to details such as fresh flowers and palm trees

At the corner of Don Ho and Lewers St - a great place to begin your day

Iconic Images can still be found as well:

Diamond Head

Skyline of Waikiki Beach

Top of Waikiki , revolving restaurant

So if you are ready to catch the new Vibe in Waikiki or just to get familiar with some of the Iconic images of yesteryear, contact me so we can get busy and plan your trip to  OAHU – Give me a call  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888  ext 331 , Direct Line 828-256-1520 or email me linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Be sure and also LIKE my facebook page to see more images of OAHU and the other islands www.facebook.com/linda.dancer.

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Golf at Turtle Bay Resort Hawaii May 26

Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu is one of our favorite Hawaii honeymoon destinations! In addition to gorgeous, romantic rooms, Turtle Bay offers world class golf, dining, spas and access to some of the most breathtaking sites Hawaii has to offer, including Sunset Beach, the Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay, to name a few!

Check out what golfers have to say about Turtle Bay Resort’s award winning Palmer Course:

Here is a view of the beautiful Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu:

For more on the beautiful Turtle Bay resort, visit their website, blog and photo galleries here. Contact Hawaii Weddings and Honeymoons now to book your trip!

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