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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Dates to consider or avoid when planning your wedding...

Brides are often surprised when florists, site providers, and other wedding professionals charge additional fees for their services and products for certain wedding dates. Sometimes, the reason to avoid the date is not financially may be because of an event that concurs with your date, or a change in daylight savings time that may cause some complications. The last thing you want to do is inconvenience you, your guests, or your vendors. If you select these dates, then just prepare for the conditions that people may encounter on your selected date. Here are some dates to consider when you select your wedding date. These are dates to avoid or consider:

Hawaiian Holidays:
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day:  March 26th
King Kamehameha I Day: June 11th 
Statehood Day 3rd Friday in August
May Day- Lei Day:  May 1
Girl’s Day: March 3rd
Boy’s Day: May 5th
Chinese New Year is celebrated annually between late January and mid-February in Hawaii

Days of Religious/Cultural Observance
Palm Sunday Weekend: March 28, 2010
Easter Sunday Weekend: April 4, 2010
Christmas: Friday, December 25, 2009, Saturday, December 25, 2010
Sundays:  Some churches may not host a wedding during the day of rest. Check with your congregation to be sure.

Rosh Hashana

Sundown on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 until nightfall on Friday, September 10, 2010
Yom Kippur (begins at sundown the night before)
Passover (begins at sundown the night before):Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Hanukkah (begins at sundown the night before)

Saturday, December 12, 2009 Thursday, December 2, 2010
Friday Evenings and Saturdays before sundown
Jewish sabbath (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday)

Sacred Month of Muharram:Thursday, December 17, 2009 – Friday, January 15, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010 – Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sacred Month of Ramadan: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 – Thursday, September 9, 2010
Kwanzaa: Begins Saturday, December 26, 2009 through Friday, January 1, 2010
Begins Sunday, December 26, 2010 through Saturday, January 1, 2011
Holidays/Three Day Weekends
The Month of December/Early January:Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always on Monday):   January 18, 2010

December is a busy travel month for most Christians, so think twice before hosting a December or early January wedding if many of your guests will have to travel.

President’s Day (always on Monday) February 15, 2010
Patriots Day (Massachussets/New England regional, always on Monday)  April 19, 2010
Memorial Day (always on Monday):  May 31, 2010
Independence Day: Sunday, July 4, 2010
Labor Day (always on Monday):September 6, 2010
Columbus Day (always on Monday) October 11, 2010
Thanksgiving (always on Thursday)  November 26, 2009, November 25, 2010
New Year’s Eve :Thursday, December 31, 2009, Friday, December 31, 2010
New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1, 2010, Saturday, January 1, 2011

Valentine’s Day:  Sunday, February 14, 2010
Mother’s Day (always on Sunday):  May 9, 2010
Father’s Day (always on Sunday): June 20, 2010
Halloween:  Sunday, October 31, 2010

Major Sporting Events:
Super Bowl : Sunday, February 7, 2010, Miami, FL
World Series: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 through *Thursday November 5, 2009 (*if Game 7 is necessary).
Final Four/March Madness:Saturday, April 3, 2010, and Monday, April 5, 2010, Indianapolis, IN
Potentially Unlucky Days: Friday the 13th
Friday, November 13, 1009, Friday, August 13, 2010
Ides of March: Monday, March 15, 2010
Days of Remembrance: September 11, December 7

Daylight Saving Days
Sunday, November 1, 2009 – Daylight Saving Ends
Sunday, March 14, 2010 – Dalight Saving Begins
Sunday, November 7, 2010 – Daylight Saving Ends


A unique way to accessorize your wedding ceremony is to use a customized aisle runner. You can even get your money's worth by also using this for your grand entrance into your reception.


Selecting the most appropriate coordinator that meets your specific needs can be a challenge. There are a lot of coordinators in the wedding world, each offering their various strengths to assist you with your wedding planning. Although there are many articles advising you on the selection process, this one has a unique approach. It uses the same process of selecting your diamond, a precious stone and symbol of your marriage. Your coordinator is also a precious commodity of your wedding.  Enjoy the article, and be sure to choose wisely.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Apartment 3 in Honolulu

I have recently learned of a new FANTASTIC nightclub in Honolulu. Apartment 3 is a chic, modern, sexy, just has such a good vibe from the moment you enter this nightclub! Apartment 3 is going to be the NEW IT PLACE in Honolulu. This is a perfect event location, too! You can do a buy-out or just rent a specific area for your party. There is a game room where you can play darts or pool. Flat screen TV's are EVERYWHERE.

Located on the 3rd floor in the Century Center, this bar/lounge/restaurant has all of the components of a classy place to hang out, enjoy gourmet comfort food, and celebrate special occasions.
Tuesday Nights: Happy Hour all night long!
Wednesday Nights: Live Jazz featured from 8pm to 12am
Thursday Nights: Cork Our Featured Wine Night
Friday Nights: Pussycat Lounge  (DJ entertainment)
Saturday Nights: Supper Club (DJ entertainment)

Stylish attire required after 9pm
Call for reservations at 808-955-9300

Friday, October 23, 2009

Elizabeth & Colin Wedding in Kapalua, Maui

A beautiful wedding in Kapalua photographed by Tad Craig Photography. Flowers by Jill Laffin at Awesome Blossom. Ceremony at the Ritz Carlton. Photos on Kapalua Beach. Dinner reception at the Plantation House Restaurant (a buyout for their reception). A fun time was had by all!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

LAHAINA GRILL...our favorite restaurant on Maui!

When I am on Maui, it is a MUST that I consume at least one dinner at Lahaina Grill The food and service are the best on the island. Always a unique blend of ingredients that tempt the palate. A fabulous wine list thanks to somelier Richard. Love Mary at the bar and Debbie! Jurg is the hard working, proud owner who is always so personable and kind to all of his dining guests. I love that they support local Hawaiian farmers and use organic foods.

I am an appetizer and salad kind of person. Some of my personal faves include...
THE CAKE WALK: Petite servings of Kona lobster crab cake, sweet Louisiana rock shrimp cake and seared ahi 
STEAMED MANILA CLAMS: White wine, parsley broth, pancetta, served with herbed garlic crostini
RECONSTRUCTED CALIFORNIA ROLL: Dungeness crab salad, avocado, sweet rice and cilantro-ginger vinaigrette CRISPY FRIED BLUE CORN CRUSTED CHILE RELLENO: Filled with Hawaiian Big Island prawns, scallops and Monterey jack cheese, served on roasted sweet Kula corn relish with Fuerte avocados and red tomato
BUFALA TOMATO SALAD: Hana tomatoes, bufala mozzarella, truffle oil, aged balsamic vinaigrette, seasoned with black Kilauea sea salt 
WARM PECAN CRUSTED GOAT CHEESE AND BABY ARUGULA SALAD Pears, roasted beets, Poha berry honey-mustard dressing     
KULA MIXED GREENS:  Southwestern vinaigrette dressing and your choice of Feta or Gorgonzola cheese  
BABY ROMAINE CAESAR SALAD: Garlic-anchovy dressing, croutons and shaved Parmesan cheese   SWEET KULA CORN SOUP:  Chive crème fraîche
This is my mom's fave:  CENTER CUT 12OZ. NEW YORK STEAK:  Wild mushroom-balsamic demi-glace and herbed gratin potatoes 
This is my hubby's fave: KONA COFFEE ROASTED RACK OF LAMB: Light coffee-Cabernet demi-glace, herb infused mashed potatoes  
Chocolate lovers should order this: SUNKEN CHOCOLATE CAKE: Flourless chocolate decadence with Kona coffee ice cream

Lahaina Grill is listed on Facebook
Dinner Served Nightly From 6pm
Reservations Recommended

Call: (808) 667-5117
Email :


Miss being in Hawaii and enjoying those delicious, refreshing tropical drinks? Want to feel like you are still on vacation?

Great Hawaii Vacations has added to their newsletter some recipes to the popular drinks you enjoy on the islands.

Enjoy them ANYWHERE. It's 5:00 SOMEWHERE!

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Wedding couples today seem to prefer the SIMPLE ELEGANCE look for their wedding. There are many ways to achieve this look. Simple accessories can create a beautiful, picture-worthy table at your wedding. Plus, you can keep them and use them for parties you may have at home. Some couples use these as favors for their guests, as well. The price tag and decor do not have to be over the top to create the breathtaking vision of your wedding. The web site has beautiful napkin rings, votive holders, and other decorated items. It saves you time from decorating plan items on your own, and you can color coordinate your items. Keep in mind that bold jewel tones are going to be the color trend for the next year of weddings.
Here are some samples from their site to entice you.


Going back to Sansei in Kapalua tonight for my favorite foods there and a fun time with bartender Trudy.
The sushi chef always laughs at me because I always order Hamachi before I even order my drink! They have the best Japanese yellowtail.
I LOVE the Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi Sushi Roll.

And, the Miso Butterfish is a MUST HAVE.

A treat is the Lobster & Blue Crab Ravioli, served in a Truffled Shiitake Mushroom and Madiera Cream Sauce. You'll wish they served bread so you could soak up the sauce. It is amazing!

If there is ANY room to share dessert, the apple tart with carmel sauce and ice cream is calorie-worthy.