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On a recent too-short visit to Honolulu for a dance competition I decided that the best use of my few free dining opportunities would be to visit some of Honolulu's most highly recommended restaurants in and near the neighbourhood of Waikiki. My picks for dinner were La Mer at the Halekulani Hotel and the Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider, both a short walk from the Sheraton Waikiki which was the host hotel for the competition;  and Hoku's  at the Kahala Hotel and Resort, a short taxi-ride away. I also managed to enjoy a lunch at the Surf Lanai at the...

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Hoku's at the Kahala Hotel and Resort
5000 Kahala Ave.
Honolulu, HI
Ph: (808) 739-8760 or reserve online

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The Kahala Hotel is a luxury resort in the Kahala district of Honolulu, about a twenty  minute taxi ride from the hotel where we were staying in Waikiki. Hoku's is one of about five dining options at the...

p1150677-w500-h500.jpgLa Mer at the Halekulani Hotel
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
Ph:  (808)  923-2301 or reserve online

This elegant restaurant is the signature restaurant for the Halekulanip1150674-w500-h500.jpg Hotel. It is a Five diamond (AAA) and five star (Forbes Dining Award) restaurant featuring French cuisine with local tropical ingredients.
It was a short walk from the hotel where we were staying....

The DAS group on New Year's Eve formal nightSince I was so busy dancing that I got completely behind on my writing, I thought I would introduce the members of our Dancers at Sea group that were on the New Year Pacific cruise.

This picture was taken on the New Year's Eve formal night. The other pictures are simply a collage of snaps at various times during the voyage. 

There are lots more pictures to come but for now here goes:

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arriving in Papeete, TahitiTwo years ago I cruised from Honolulu to Tahiti with Dancers at Sea, on the Pacific Princess - South Pacific Dance Cruise.  To reverse the cruise that I did in November 2009, I decided to dance in the New Year of 2012, on board the Ocean Princess, this time journeying from Tahiti to Honolulu.

Rather than fly from Vancouver to Tahiti and then Honolulu to Vancouver, I opted for a return ticket to Honolulu where the cruise terminates, an overnight...

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