Maui, the island home of haleakala (house of the sun), will be the prime viewing location to see the sun as it is transited by the planet Venus on June 5, 2012. Experience the Venus transit, the rarest of all planetary alignments, from noon to sunset at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, where sunny skies and a state-of-the-art Celestron high-definition 14-inch aplanic telescope – Hawaii’s only recreational HD telescope – provide an ideal combination for viewers.
Travelers can rekindle their romance on sunny Maui with the Sunshine on Sale package for a fifth night free and free daily breakfast for two. Special offerings to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event (it won’t happen again until 2117) include:
- Televised broadcast – The historic transit will be broadcast on a big screen by the pool, allowing prime access for guests and locals to experience the show all afternoon at no charge. The resort’s director of astronomy, Eddie Mahoney, who also leads the nightly Tour of the Stars program, will be on-hand to answer any questions.
- Group Vow Renewal – Paying homage to Venus, the goddess of love, Hyatt Maui will host a special group vow renewal ceremony to coincide with the transit. The ceremony, which will take place just before sunset, will be led by a kahu (priest) and will include the exchange of a fresh flower lei and a Champagne toast. Couples will take home a Hawaiian keepsake album.
- Dinner at Japengo – Couples who wish to end the evening with a romantic dinner at Japengo, known for its exotic flavors, fresh sushi and Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine will receive a 20% discount on all food purchases./li>
- Spa Discount – Participants in the vow renewal ceremony can feel like goddesses with a 20 percent discount off all spa and salon treatments at Spa Moana, the only oceanfront spa in Maui.
- Solar Shades – Protect your eyes and observe the transit of Venus safely with solar glasses, branded as takeaway pieces to commemorate the event.
If you and your partner are interested in celebrating your one-of-a-kind love under a memorable sky and beautiful setting (like Dallas-based couple, Gracie & Casey) , contact the Hyatt Regency team.
photo credit: Anna Kim Photography
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Sunny Hess, a senior at the University of Maryland, has issued a call for gay and lesbian couples to help her (and her student-based team) with a documentary on gay marriage.
She says: “We are looking for couples who would be willing to be interviewed on camera and would let us film at their wedding. We would be willing to give them all of our raw footage of the wedding. We have a very fast turn around time for this documentary– we need to be finished filming by the last week of April.”
If you are planning a gay or lesbian wedding in the Metro DC area in the month of March or April and would like to participate, please contact Sunny at your earliest convenience.
Crate & Barrel has enlisted the services of “A-list” event planner, Jo Gartin, and, with the help of Daily Candy, is sponsoring a $100,000 wedding giveaway. Simply put, couples (sexual orientation not specified!) are invited to post their love stories in 100 words or less by March 31, 2010. Bottom line: 50 finalists will be selected and the winner will be determined by popular vote.
More specifically, the contest requests that couples enter the following:
1. Tell us your love story in 100 words or less.
2. Get down to the nitty-gritty and share three important details of your Ultimate Wedding in 100 words or less.
3. Of course you want a perfect wedding, but what about all the other days? Describe your everyday dream day in 100 words or less.
And, rules specify that:
“All entries must be in by 11:59 pm CST on March 31, 2010. Couples are encouraged to run their own marketing campaigns, as the 50 finalists will be those with the most votes. A panel that includes Jo Gartin, along with judges from Crate and Barrel and Daily Candy, will then select a winner. We will notify the lucky couple and the 18 other winners in April 2010 and post all of the winners.”
So, to all of our gay grooms and lesbian brides out there: once you’ve entered tell us more about you on our Facebook page or Twitter feed. We’re happy to for you to use our services to help spread the word about your campaign.
Good luck and get to it!