Hotel Molokai is an Authentic South Seas Experience

May 9, 2012

My Mother, girlfriend and I ventured over to the island of Molokai to visit Kaulapapa Settlement where St. Damien preformed his lifesaving work with the Lepers and to experience the island of laidback island of Molokai.

We rented a room at Hotel Molokai, its not a 5 star resort but it has all of the amenities, including a beachfront pool, wifi, cell phone service, bar & restaurant and is styled after a Polynesian Village.

Hotel Molokai is full of character, reminiscent of a slower time, is quaint, as well as reeks of the aloha spirit.  Our room included a small kitchen, bedroom, a loft and a large lanai with table and chairs.  It is a genuine luxuryhideaway located oceanfront on Kamiloloa beach. By the way, it’s the only place to get draft beer on the island!  The hotel is “community minded” as they offer a Polynesian show every Friday night as well as host a community party once a year.

From the moment we arrived at Hotel Molokai we were treated like family (ohana). Mind you, we arrived at about 9pm exhausted and very hungry. The cafe had stopped serving food but in the aloha spirit, they saw how hungry we were and just happened to have a pot of soup and home made bread still warm for us.

The activity at the hotel was fantastic - if you’re going to Molokai you cannot miss the Friday night Kanikapila show where the locals get together to serenade, play ukulele and take turns dancing the hula.  I believe they would gather every Friday night whether there were guests at the hotel or not.  It is an ideal situation where the haoles (mainlanders) can get a glimpse of the authentic island culture.

I will recommend this resort to all of my Clients coming to Hawaii - you must make time to visit Molokai!

Room Tip: Pay the extra to reserve an oceanfront room to fully enjoy the view

For more information on any of the South Sea Islands, contact the Travel Gal at
800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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Hawaii Shark Encounters - Thrill of a Lifetime!

August 26, 2011

Are you looking for an adrenaline rush on your tropical island vacation? Forget about Bungy jumping or Ziplines! We have the ultimate adventure for you!  How about swimming with a shark? Well, swallow your fears and come face to face with one of Hawaii’s most majestic and misunderstood creatures of the deep!

Oahu’s North Shore has a large resident group of Galapagos and Sandbar sharks and Hawaii Shark Encounters visits a site where the sharks naturally occur to observe them. A specially designed shark cage not only protects but has plexiglass windows for a face to face encounter. Sometimes see as many as 30 sharks… and they come very close to the cage!

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, I don’t know if it gets better than this. Just getting in is a thrill, when sharks are circling the boat! You enter the floating shark cage from above (directly from the boat) and stay on the surface using a mask and snorkel (provided). Within just a few minutes of being inside the cage I relaxed and felt safe, realizing the sharks could not (nor were they trying to) get in the cage.

No experience is required. The best view is definitely from inside the cage but if going in the water is not for you, you can always stay in the boat and view sharks as they swim on or near the surface with fins slicing through the water.

In addition to being an unbelievable adventure, this is also an educational tour taking you into a world that few can ever experience. Guides offer fascinating facts about shark biology and behavior, about ocean life, conservation issues and about the significance of sharks in Hawaiian culture.

Hawaii Shark Encounters has been seen on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, CNN, Inside Edition, ET, Animal Planet and more! There are so many great reviews for Hawaii Shark Encounters…

“Absolutely Amazing”     ”Don’t be afraid, be amazed”    ”This was on my bucket list”

Boat departs four times daily from Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor on Oahu’s North Shore, for the 15 minute journey to the shark grounds (over 3 miles off shore). No rental car? No problem! We can include transfers from Waikiki if needed.

Word to the wise… it is a 32′ boat on the open ocean, and even on a calm day the boat still rocks! Early tour times offer calmer ocean conditions. Also, the water at the shark grounds is over 600 feet deep and you cannot see the bottom.

If you’re looking for THE wildest ride of your life, give the TravelGal a call at 800 644-6659

or email Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net

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American Safari Cruise - March 2012 Family Sailings

September 14, 2010

The Hawaiian Islands - family playground at its best! American Safari Cruise will be offering 2 all-inclusive family sailings in March 2012.

Far from the typical family vacation getaway, a yacht cruise provides kids a fun way to learn about nature and other cultures. With one crewmember for every two guests, kids and adults alike are accompanied on a variety of personal-choice excursions while the yacht is at anchor. In a rare introduction to wilderness lifestyles, kids and the entire family will meet and interact with local residents of remote island communities.

An Inclusive Experience
Maybe you remember other cruises where you had to pay extra for tours and your drinks at the ship’s bar. Not with American Safari Cruises! With the exception of a gratuity for the crew - which they believe is a very personal elective - everything is included with the cruise. From your arrival at the airport to a fond farewell, you’re a pampered guest aboard the yachts. Everything’s included from the first to the last:
• Gourmet meals
• Premium wine, beer and spirits
• Kayaking and shore boat exploring
• Snorkel gear
• Exclusive shore excursions
• Onboard Expedition Leader/Naturalist or wine expert
• Airport transfers
• Port Charges, taxes, fees
• Visits with local residents - “talk story”
Dining is a true delight, a cornucopia of fresh local seafood, just-baked breads, hearty soups, exquisite entrees, sinfully delicious desserts. Everyone is served at one seating, family-style; dress is always casual. Of course, we’re happy to plan for any special dietary needs, and if there’s something you’ve got a craving for, let us know. Milestone events are celebrated in great style onboard.

Activities abound for all ages:
The opportunities are endless. Whether your family wants to kayak, walk on a remote beach, collect shells to study, hike in the temperate rain forest, or enjoy a full-scale picnic, you’ll find that our explorations are a blast! You’ll hop from shore-to-shore by shore boat, then there’s fishing and kayaking as well as checking in on the musical antics under the sea via the underwater Hydrophone and underwater camera. All of these activities offer an exceptional experience for the whole family.  GUARANTEE IT…NO ONE WILL BE BORED!

Memories to Share:
At the end of a week of up-close adventure, the crew will present each family member with a photo disc of several hundred images to share and reminisce for years to come. Each child under 12 will receive other mementos of their various explorations.

Questions We Often Hear:
My kids are so active. Are they going to go stir crazy on a boat for a week?
On the contrary, kids kayak, hike, fish from the swim platform, with the help of the Expedition Leader/Naturalist and learn about nature from all of the crewmembers. They will be playing on rope swings, tubing, water skiing, snorkeling, beachcombing, cave searches, and other adventures await kids and adults alike.

Kids enjoy the hot tubs, games, kid-friendly DVDs and books available onboard. With so many varied activities at their fingertips, kids tend to forget that Nintendo even exists.

I’m worried about my kids disrupting the cruise for others. Will my kids be bored?
To ensure that everyone enjoys their yacht experience, we generally set aside special departures under our “Kids in Nature” program for families with kids under the age of 12. Educational and fun activities aided by take-home equipment provided by the Expedition Leaders keep the kids happy and busy. Bored - no; exhausted at the end of each day from kayaking, swimming and hiking - yes! Parents truly appreciate the all-out effort to ensure their kids come away with a well-rounded outdoor vacation. The other way that young kids are accommodated on our 12 - 36 guest yachts is when families charter the entire yacht.

What is the youngest age child that you can accommodate?
There is no age restriction. Families with kids between infancy and about five-years-old most often choose to book a private charter or take advantage of one of our “Kids in Nature” select departures. Life jackets are provided onboard for kids age five years and above (about 70 pounds and up). For younger children, it works best for parents to bring a custom-sized life jacket from home.

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Golf on Oahu - Options & Pricing Sheet

June 27, 2009

The Islands of Hawaii boast year around perfect weather as well as many opportunities for Golfers. Below you will find a nice selection of Golf Courses on the Island of Oahu. Stay tuned, we will list golfing options for the outer islands in a later article for you. If you are a Golfer planning on visiting Oahu, you would be very interested this this price list below.
Ko’olau Golf Club from $70
Luana Hills Country Club from $77
Coral Creek Golf Course from $80
Pearl Country Club from $84
Turtle Bay - Fazio Course from $94
Mililani Golf Club $99
Olomana Golf Links $99
Hawaii Kai Golf Course from $104
Turtle Bay - Palmer Course
from $115
Makaha Resort & Golf Club from $119
Ko Olina Golf Club from $124
Waikele Golf Club $136
Royal Kunia Country Club $141
Ewa Beach Golf Club from $146
Hawaii Prince Golf Course from $151
Kapolei Golf Course from $157
The rates are per person rates include green fees & shared cart. Rates do not include course transfers or rental clubs and may be dependent on tee-time.

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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.
Debbie

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The Feast at Lele is 1st Class Dining Hawaiian Style!

February 19, 2009

Hula dancersWhat could be better than spending an evening enjoying one of the most authentic Hawaiian luaus? My friend Petra and I were treated to a night out of island music, great food, drinks and entertainment at the Feast at Lele held beach-side at 505 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui. Whether you arrive by land or by sea - this is a special island treat.

The Feast at Lele is a first class luau under the stars, complete with intimate dining and white table linens - not the usual fare at most luaus. Every table had a great view of the dancers with the backdrop of the setting sun over West Maui. Couples enjoy individual table side service while feasting on 4 courses of local island cuisine and a very entertaining and educational trip thru the South Pacific. We tasted island cuisine from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand while the dancers performed in traditional attire.

The grand finale is a spectacular fire/knife dancer - and you thought your job was tough! Open bar, including those fun and colorful drinks are included. It’s been ages since we enjoyed an “umbrella drink” so decided to have a chi-chi - which is a cocoanut, pineapple juice and vodka drink - delicious! A wonderful way to end the evening with a happy opu! (full tummy!)

If you too would like to enjoy the best Luau in Hawaii
Call Me at 1-800-644-6659
Your ‘See the South Pacific Specialist’ at Luxury Hideaways

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Hawaii on a Budget - Affordable Activities on the island of Kauai

December 27, 2008

This is the 4th article in a series on how to visit the Hawaiian islands on a budget. (with a little pidgin thrown in for fun) Can do - no can - yes can!

Kauai - known as the garden island - a rental car (as well as a good camera) is a must on this island. You will see some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Lets go exploring:

• The Kukui Trail is a 2 ½ mile path dropping into the Waimea Canyon where a large swimming hole awaits.

• The rugged cliffs of the Na Pali coast are without equal in the Islands or even elsewhere for that matter. Kauai is a great place for hiking and gazing at the amazing scenery. Its uncrowded beaches are some of the finest in the Hawaiian islands.

• Kokee State Park boasts Waimea Canyon and a great hiking trail of moderate difficulty.

• Kauai’s waterfalls are terrific and Wailua Falls especially so.

• Be sure to visit the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and, if in season, watch the annual migration of the humpback whales.

• The Kalalau Trail and Valley is a great way to see the Na Pali Coast. Here experienced hikers will find the Hanakapiai Falls, a 300 foot cascade into a pool.

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Its the 25th Anniversary of Kilauea Volcano, Big Island, Hawaii

December 23, 2008

Kilauea Volcano, located on the Big Island of Hawai’i, is noted extensively in Polynesian legends as Hawai’i’s most active volcano.  Shortly after midnight on January 3, 1983 lava was once again
sighted, this time near the Napau Crater of Mauna Loa, ensuring the legend would live on.

Kilauea is considered to be the present home of Pele, the volcano goddess of ancient Hawai’ian legend. Several special lava formations are named after her, including Pele’s Tears (small droplets of lava that cool in the air and retain their teardrop shapes) and Pele’s Hair (thin, brittle strands of volcanic glass that often form during the explosions that accompany a lava flow as it enters the ocean).

People have claimed to see Pele while traveling on Saddle Road (a road that connects the East and West side of the islands). Legend says that if you take lava from Peles home you will be cursed. Hawaii Park Rangers receive numerous lava rocks mailed back to them each year from guilty visitors that have become believers.

This latest eruption was the beginning of the worlds longest continuous volcanic eruption giving us a rare glimpse at natures incredible force and beauty.

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Hawaii on a Budget - Affordable Activities on the Big Island of Hawaii

December 13, 2008

This is the 3rd article on a series of how to travel to Hawaii on a budget.

The Big Island of Hawaii - The largest Hawaiian island and the only one with a currently active volcano, the Big Island has spectacular drives and beaches with colorful villages and two distinctly different sides of the island. The Big Island will be bigger when you leave than when you arrive as the volcano there deposits several square acres of land each year. Be sure to rent a car upon arrival to the island as you will want to do some great exploring on this island. Do like the locals, pack a picnic lunch, your towel, beach mat, sunscreen, mask/snorkle, fins and visor, don your rubber slippers and lets hit the road. BTW the beaches are still free!

• Lapakahi State Historical Park - a historically accurate Hawiian Village offering tours on the North Kohala coast.

• Akaka Falls about 13 miles north of Hilo is actually two waterfalls seen across the valley and one of the most photographed locations in the Islands.

• Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is only $10 per car load. Rangers will lead visitors to locations where nature’s most awesome spectacle can be safely viewed.

• Honaunau Bay is a great place to snorkel.

• The black sand beaches of Punaluu and Kehena are must-see locations for every visitor. The black volcanic sand is simply amazing.

• Waikoloa’s Queen’s Marketplace offers Hawaiian craft classes and entertainment for free.

• The Puako Petroglyph Hike reveals more than 3000 petroglyphs of uncertain, mysterious origin that to this day have not been fully understood.

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American Safari Cruises defering entrance into Hawaii cruise market

October 31, 2008

ASC toysSEATTLE, Wash. - American Safari Cruises is deferring entry into the Hawaii inter-island cruise market until a time when the capital funding markets and the overall U.S. economy improve, announces Capt. Dan Blanchard, President and CEO. [Read more]

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