May 30, 2009

Maui Brew FestThis is the way to raise funds on Maui! I am getting ready for this event - but how do you accessorize for a brew fest?!

We are meeting the Maui Brewing Company in Kahana and taking a 45 minute bus ride to the festival on the lawn of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center from 2:30 - 6:30 today 30/May 2009.

Featuring Entertainment by:
Island Rumours Band featuring Rick Vito! Also: Erin Smith & the Throwdowns, Off Tomorrow, and the Celtic Tigers. MC: kawikaveeka of 92.5 and giveaways galore! Must be 21 years & older.

A total of (23) Brewers will be serving (46) Beers from Hawaii, the US Mainland and from around the globe as well as a host of food tents and offerings.

The festival is presented by Kona Brewing Company, a new “Maui-Calls” style event to highlight the food n’ brews of the Pacific. Its not too late to join us and of this inaugural fun event to help the MACC celebrate its 15th Anniversary! Call 808 242-show for more information - see ya there!

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The family vacation - as good as it gets at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

May 26, 2009

Hyatt Maui PoolThe Hawaiian family holiday is alive and well at the Maui Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa with an offer that makes it easier than ever to experience everything you’ve always loved about getting away together.

Discover the ultimate Kaanapali Beach hotel surrounded by 40 beachfront acres, this breathtaking Maui hotel presents an astonishing array of delightful ways to spend your days and nights. Frolic in the water playground, pamper yourself at the world class spa, play championship golf and tennis, scuba diving, ride the waves, its all here for all of your family.

The summer family vacation special includes:Hyatt hotel room

- Full breakfast for all registered guests
- 15% discount on Hyatt Pure spa services
- 15% discount on dining
- Free 1/2 day kids program at Camp Hyatt
- Locally inspired in-room kids snack amenity
- Exclusive 20% discount valid in National Geographic’s online store
- 1 free movie per stay
- 1 bottomless cup per child per stay
- Coloring book amenity for all kids

Plus get 50% off a second room - including full breakfast for up to four kids.

When you stay six or more nights get one night free plus a one room category upgrade.

Enjoy The Classic Family Vacation at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide through September 7, 2009. Terms & conditions apply.

To Reserve Your Stay with any Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa,

call 800 644-6659

Your ‘See the South Pacific Specialist’ at Luxury Hideaways

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We are back home and had a wonderful time in Maui…

May 25, 2009

Kaanapali BeachAloha Teresa;
We are back home and had a wonderful time in Maui... the beach wedding was perfect and all the activities you arranged for us were great. The surfing lessons with the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy and the Old Lahaina Luau you arranged were both wonderful! The Hyatt Regency Maui worked out great and we all enjoyed all it had to offer… the beach, pool, spa, restaurants, etc.

Thanks for all your help setting this up for us. We appreciate it and will be happy to share your name and contact information with others headed to Maui.
Thanks again.

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Where are the Cook Islands?

May 20, 2009

Cook Island DancersThe Cook Islands are closely associated to New Zealand. Air New Zealand is the only air carrier that flies directly from the U.S. to the Cook Islands. As you will see below, the Cook Islands use the NZD as their currency.

Despite some 90,000 visitors a year to the capital island, Rarotonga, the Cook Islands are largely unspoiled by tourism. There are no high-rise hotels, only four beach buggies and very little hype. The Cook Islands offer a rare opportunity for an authentic island holiday.

There are a total of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over 850,000 square miles with a population of approximately 15,000. The Islands most visited are Rarotonga and Aitutaki which are only 140 miles apart.

Cook Island History
Ru, from Tupua’i in French Polynesia, is believed to have landed on Aitutaki, and Tangiia, also from French Polynesia, is believed to have arrived on Rarotonga around 800 AD. Similarly, the northern islands were probably settled by expeditions from Samoa and Tonga.

Cook Island Climate
Cooled by the gentle breezes of the Pacific, the climate of these islands is sunny and pleasant. Roughly speaking, there are two seasons: from November through May the climate is hot and humid, and from June through October the climate is warm and dry. Most of the rain falls during the hot season, but there are also many lovely sunny days during these months, with refreshing trade-winds.

Cook Island Geography
The Cook Islands consists of two main groups, one in the north and one in the south. The southern group is nine “high” islands mainly of volcanic origin although some are virtually atolls. The majority of the population lives in the southern group. The northern group comprises six true atolls.

Cook Island Southern Group
Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Manuae, Mauke, Mitiaro, Palmerston, Rarotonga (the capital island), Takutea.

Cook Island Northern Group
Manihiki, Nassau, Tongareva (Penrhyn) also known as Mangarongaro, Pukapuka, Rakahanga, Suwarrow

Cook Island Time Zones
Rarotonga and Aitutaki are in the same time zone.

Cook Island Currency
New Zealand dollar.

Cook Island Language
English and Cook Island Maori.

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to secure your seats to the idyllic Cook Islands

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Cook Islands Airfares on Sale!

May 20, 2009

Air New Zealand slashes fares to the Cook Islands from $698 per person based on double occupancy.

Do you feel you need to escape to a secluded island - a place that your Blackberry won’t get a signal?

Air New Zealand has reduced airfares from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Rarotonga. Fares from Los Angeles start at $698/person in economy class and $1930/person in Business Class. Combine this airfare with some of the exceptional “specials” packages available at the moment - the Cook islands have never been so affordable!

Fares are valid for sale until Jun 30, 2009 for travel May 31, 2009 through August 30, 2009.
Conditions & Restrictions apply. Excludes government fees, taxes and 9/11 security fee of $58-$62. Change and cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply. Prices are subject to change without notice. Tickets must be issued within 72 hours of confirmation of reservation but no later than June 30, 2009, whichever is earlier. Full terms and conditions available on request.

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$229 Flights to Australia! Huge 2 Day Sale!!

May 18, 2009

Hurry! $229 Deals end tomorrow, May 19 -Travel between 01 July - 30 November 2009

Fly from the West Coast - From $229 Each Way

• From Los Angeles or San Francisco to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
• Includes FREE stop over in Auckland, New Zealand

Fly from the East Coast - From $279 Each Way

• From New York to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
• Includes FREE stop over in Auckland, New Zealand

Australia Hotels on Sale too!

• Sydney Hotel - 3 Nights for $229
• Melbourne Hotel - 3 Nights for $229
• Brisbane Hotel - 3 Nights for $229

More Hotels Now Included!

• Auckland Hotel - 3 Nights for $229
• Cairns Hotel - 3 Nights for $229

Lets Go to Australia - Pack your bags - We’re going DownUnder!

Call 800 644-6659 to book now!

Terms and Conditions:
Price is per person, each way based on roundtrip purchase traveling economy class from Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York. Travel to Australia Price is based on departures between 01 July - 30 November 2009. Valid on Qantas Flight Numbers only QF 12, 11, 108, 107, 16, 15, 94, 93, 26 & 25 from Los Angeles and QF 74 & 73 from San Francisco. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. No refunds or rebooking. Ticket must be issued within 72 hours of confirmation but no later than 05/19/09. U.S./Foreign taxes of approximately $85-$150 including September 11 Security Fee are additional, depending on itinerary. Prices quoted in US dollars. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding their checked baggage policies. Cancellation/change penalties and other restrictions may apply. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (05/18/09). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change.

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A Guide to Maui - My Island Home

May 18, 2009

Hana coastlineSecluded from the rest of the world, the Islands of Hawaii warmly welcome everyone visiting her shores. With a climate perfect for beach going, cooled by trade winds and infused with the scent of tropical flowers like plumeria, gardenia & tuberose, Hawaii is America’s vacation paradise and where I am blessed to call home.

The Island of Maui, also known as the land of the rainbows is incredibly beautiful and diverse. There are four topographical areas of Maui:
1. There is the soft, white sandy stretches of beach and the crashing waves which everyone expects when they visit Hawaii. You will find beach parks & sections where there is no one else on the beach. Your biggest decision will be “how big of a wave do I want to play in today?” or “how much of a breeze do I need to cool off? “Or if I’m snorkeling or scuba diving today, which coral reef should I go explore?

So, after a day or two at the beach, when your skin needs a rest from the accumulating sunburn, jump in your car and explore the other sides of Maui.

2. While on island you must take a drive up the slopes of Haleakala - which means ‘House of the Sun’ in Hawaiian. The terrain is all rolling hills with cows, horses, and every shade of green imaginable.
Spend a few hours in Makawao, which is an old cowboy town; if you arrive early enough, you’ll be able to enjoy a Komodo Bakery donut on a stick - worth the drive in itself. I’ve seen people line up at the door just to enjoy one of their famous cream puffs.

3. The crater of Haleakala appears to be like the surface of the moon. Haleakala Highway is one ofMy toes in Hana the fastest ascending road in the world. Take a jacket and long pants - it is cold up there! See the Silver-swords in bloom, located only on the crater’s edge. There are day hikes into the crater or get up at about 2:00am to drive up in the dark and see the sun rise out of the ocean - it is a spectacular sight! Haleakala houses one of the top Observatories in the U.S.

4. The tiny town of Hana is situated on the east side of Maui in a tropical rain forest. Plan your holiday so you can spend your last few days in Hana and really relax. There are no golf courses and very few televisions or radio in Hana. However, you will find black sand beach, bamboo rainforest, guavas & banana trees, 53 one way bridges and too many waterfalls to count!

Are you ready to pack a bag, grab your sunscreen and join us?

Contact me for more island vacation ideas, lodging & activities at 800 644-6659.

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“An Evening in Paradise” Time to Kick off the Shoes

May 17, 2009

Henry KaponoLast Saturday night it was time to kick off the shoes and dance to great island style rock n roll on the front lawn of the Royal Lahaina Resort.

The event was “An Evening in Paradise” to raise funds to benefit programs conducted by local charitable and nonprofit organizations on Maui and throughout the Hawaiian islands.

It was also about strolling down memory lane on the shores of a favorite Hawaiian island whilst listening to 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Henry Kapono serenade us with melodies he has been singing with his partner Cecilio for the last 35 years. You may recall old time favorites like ‘We are Friends’ or ‘Good times Together’.

C & K (as they are affectionately known) are an island favorite - they are a combination of old time rock & roll, Jimmy Buffett meets Hawaiian music and the best blend of all worlds.

Kapono also played a few tunes off of his solo album “The Wild Hawaiian” - which I must purchase asap!

The Royal Lahaina Resort was looking fine, having just completed a multi-million dollar renovation. It really was a beautiful beachfront venue.

I just gotta wonder about those lucky people who just arrived on Maui to stay at the Royal Lahaina and had no idea the event they were going to enjoy while sitting on their balcony! You may want to visit to catch up with C & K.

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The Star Flyer Tall Ship is sailing to the Mediterranean in 2010

May 17, 2009

Star Clipper Western Med CruiseStar Clippers Tall Ships - Discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are combined with the modern comforts and amenities of the present.

Perfect for cruising in casual elegance, the Star Flyer will be leaving Tahiti and sailing for the Mediterranean, the exotic Far East and the Caribbean.

You are invited to join the Star Flyer crew on a trip of a lifetime. You’ll be able to jump on board along the way or just take the month off and sail half way around the world with them!

As the Star Flyer makes its way back to the Mediterranean from Tahiti, the itinerary includes a 34-night voyage from Papeete, Tahiti, to Balboa, Panama.
The ship will make maiden calls at Hiva Oa and Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands before heading east across the Pacific.

If you would like to cruise the world aboard a ship carrying only 128 passengers, Call Me at 1-800-644-6659
Your ‘Cruise Specialist’ at Luxury Hideaways

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Sail the Islands of Tahiti - Best Vacation Value on the Market!

May 17, 2009

tahiti 1/2 priceStar Clipper Cruises - Don’t miss the boat!! ½ price Tahiti - rates from $1,013.00 per person!
Now is the time to cruise the exotic islands of Tahiti aboard a yacht at large cruiseship pricing - this is too good to pass up!

Tahiti is traditionally one of the more expensive destinations for honeymoon couples as there are no all inclusive resorts and their dollar is based on the Euro.

The most cost efficient way to visit the romantic islands of Tahiti is on a cruiseship due to the all inclusive nature of your meals, transfers and accomodations (stateroom) are included in the price.

Why I am so excited is that the costing Star Clippers is offering their guests are the rates to be found on a ship that holds 2,000 plus people whereas the Star Clipper Cruises carriy a mere 128 passengers. It is really more of a yacht then a cruiseship.

Even more reason to jump on board now, is beginning Feb 2010 the Star Flyer will be leaving Tahiti! Prior to her leaving for the Mediterranean, I urge you to slow down, step back in time and see the islands the way they were meant to be seen.

You must hurry - offer expires June 15, 2009! Cruise only rate - restrictions apply. Ask about low airfare from LAX too.

Call 800 644-6659 or email for more information.

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