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There's so much to learn about this tropical paradise we call Hawai'i. Start your journey today by reading more about what makes this place so special.

Convenience Is As Simple As ABC Stores: An Interview with Paul Kosasa

 By Publisher Kent Coules My first question to ABC Stores President and CEO Paul Kosasa is about “convenience” because that’s the best word I can come up with to describe an ABC Store, even though it feels so inadequate. “Well, it IS convenience, but not in the American vision,” says Kosasa, son of founders Sidney and Minnie Kosasa. “It’s more like a mini department store; very disciplined, clean, with products never out of place.”  Yeah, that’s it. But...is it? If I had a dollar for every time a visitor to the ... Read More

Best Deals on Maui Activities Brought to You by This Week

by Kent Coules, This Week Publisher   Visiting Maui is expensive. If you’ve already made your reservations, you know that. Maui has the highest lodging prices of any Hawaiian island, and that’s saying something. So when visiting the Valley Isle, you might enjoy some budgetary relief by trimming costs here and there. It’s not only easier on the wallet, it might make it easier for you to stay in that much needed relaxed frame of mind. If that sounds like a plan, then read on for money saving tips (many ... Read More

Best Deals on Oahu Activities Brought to You by This Week

 by Kent Coules, This Week Publisher   Visiting Hawaii can be expensive. Take it from someone who lives here.  That should not discourage you from visiting, however. Read on for money saving tips (many courtesy of This Week Oahu) as well as a few of our choice recommendations. If you’re into Pacific Island culture, then you’re going to want to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center. There are no free admissions to this landmark attraction, but if you book directly through them at polynesia.com/week or calling 808-293-3451, you can get a ... Read More

Hiking on the Big Island: A Chat with Hawaii Forest & Trail Founder Rob Pacheco

Rob Pacheco hikes for a living. I could have said, “Rob Pacheco gazes at stars for a living.” Or, “Rob Pacheco studies Big Island birds for a living.” In fact he does all of these things, and thousands of Hawai‘i visitors are the better for it. When Pacheco arrived on the Big Island in 1990 to take a job as a beekeeper, the Northern California native did not know he would settle here permanently. “I would go to school, travel, go broke, and go back to school. This was just ... Read More

Five Best Oahu Beaches

The Hawaiian islands are naturally surrounded by water, so by default, Hawaiʻi is surround by beaches. Which is the best? To be honest, they’re ALL beautiful in their own way, but here are the 5 we think are the best on Oʻahu. In no particular order: Lanikai Beach, Windward Oʻahu: It once had a reputation as a low key, “secret” beach, but Lanikai is now probably the worst kept secret on the island. While relatively inaccessible compared to its neighbor, Kailua Beach, Lanikai is frequented by locals and tourists, alike. On ... Read More

Horseback Riding on Kauai: Horsin’ Around with CJM Stables' Joyce Miranda

"We want our guests to slow down and be in the present when they ride with us.”     It looks like Joyce Miranda will be taking some of her own advice. Following the 19th Annual Kōloa Plantation Days Rodeo that took place July 20-22 on her family’s ranch, the 70-year-old owner of CJM Stables is riding away from the event’s organizing responsibilities and enjoying a well-deserved break (that is, until next year’s rodeo rolls into town).     In an effort to lasso Joyce for this story, I volunteered at the ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Under the Sea on Atlantis Adventures' Eco-Friendly Submarines

Who hasn’t wanted to explore the ocean deep in a submarine? What visitor to Hawai‘i doesn’t want to experience the magic of tropical marine life? With Atlantis Submarines in Waikīkī, on Maui and Hawai‘i Island, island guests and locals alike can do both at the same time.Atlantis encounters with Pacific Ocean wonders may have never happened if founder and president of Atlantis Submarines International, Inc. Dennis Hurd, had not come up with an amazing idea. Hurd wanted to design a unique passenger submarine that could show guests amazing underwater marine ... Read More

Snorkeling on Maui: Snorkel Bob's Robert Wintner: Tale of a Reef Warrior

When locals think of the evolution of Snorkel Bob’s, they think of the revolutionary equipment the company designs and engineers. They think of the quirky, iconic ads starring “Snorkel Dog” and “Catfish” that helped launch the brand. But what makes Snorkel Bob’s an integral part of the island ‘ohana (family), is their relentless pursuit of “reef justice.” Founder Robert Wintner—entrepreneur, author, photographer and conservationist—and his Snorkel Bob Foundation have propelled pivotal efforts to preserve the very reefs that millions of island guests enjoy each year. Maui, for instance, has been 100 ... Read More

To Do on Kauai: Anaina Hou Community Park: A Gift for All to Enjoy

Every Hawaiian Island has a nickname. Oʻahu is known as “The Gathering Place.” Kaua‘i, also known as the “Garden Isle,” boasts a new gathering place of its own. Anaina Hou Community Park, which means “A New Gathering Place” in Hawaiian, offers a beautiful 30-acre community complex where visitors and locals alike can come together to play. Anaina Hou was the vision of Bill Porter, co-founder of eTrade, who moved to Kaua‘i in 2004 with his wife Joan. After purchasing the property in Kīlauea, they asked the community how they could ... Read More

The Unsinkable Maggie Brown: The Story of Body Glove Cruises and its President

Some people seem to have a professional destiny, usually borne of family pedigree. Maggie Brown, President of Body Glove Cruises, is one such person.Brown’s great-great uncle, Captain Asa Meade Simpson, founded Simpson Shipyard in North Bend, Oregon, in 1855. Her brother owns Sea and Go Boating magazines and produces boat shows in Newport Beach, California. “I learned how to swim when I was two years old," she said, “and ever since then I’ve been passionate about anything that has to do with the ocean.”Growing up on the Long Beach, California ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Rainy Day Activities

Rolling blue waves, sandy shores, brilliant sunshine, palm trees swaying gently overhead. These are usually the first images that spring to mind when dreaming of a Hawaiʻi vacation. But what happens when you pull back the curtains of your windows to find gray clouds and darkening skies? Like it or not, Hawaiʻi sees its fair share of rainy days, from mild passing showers to more torrential weather. But if you only have a few days in paradise, you can’t (and shouldn’t) spend every one of them waiting around for the ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Five Activities on WIndward Oahu

Driving along the H-3, Likelike or Pali, you can’t miss it—the lush, picturesque mountain range bathed in an early morning light, or shrouded by low-hanging clouds from a passing storm. Sometimes it’s decorated in ribbons of waterfalls; other times, it’s beautifully green and shimmering under the bright sun. The Koʻolau mountain range is verdant and unique, as synonymous with the island of Oʻahu as the craterous Diamond Head and historic Pearl Harbor. Yet aside from keeping their eyes peeled for its unmatched beauty, visitors tend not to explore the surrounding area ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Activities in West Oahu

Welcome to the Gathering Place, Hawaiʻi’s home to two-thirds of the state’s population and the state capitol of Honolulu. When most people think of Oʻahu, they probably think of busy Waikīkī, massive North Shore swells, the lush Koʻolau mountain range and the bustling city scene. What they may not realize, however, is that Oʻahu is a diverse place with many unique neighborhoods and landscapes. Consider heading west during your next trip to Oʻahu. You won’t believe the charming sights you’ll see on your drive there. The best part? Your destination is ... Read More

Oahu on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

It’s no secret that a trip to Hawaiʻi can seriously rack up the bill. After all, it pays to spend time in paradise! From dining decisions to pricey attractions, an island vacation can bring up some serious questions about the best way to spend your savings.  This Week Hawaii is making it easy for you to experience paradise on a budget. Here we’re showcasing popular things to do on Oʻahu at a reasonable price. Experience Pearl Harbor – Tour the historic site where the US officially entered World War II ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Discover Central Honolulu

Regarded as the island’s main hub of activity, Honolulu has no shortage of things to do. Featuring bustling downtown business district and historic Chinatown, the urban core of Honolulu contains endless offerings, including places to shop, dine, drink, learn and explore. You’ll want to check out all of its hidden gems for yourself, but consider this a good place to start. Iolani PalaceAs the only royal palace in the United States, Iolani Palace holds a very special place in the heart of Hawaiʻi. What once served as the royal residence of ... Read More

Editor’s Pick: Best Breakfasts on Oahu When You're on the Run

If you’re like most people visiting Hawaiʻi, your itinerary is chock full of places to go, activities to enjoy and new things to try. And while quality dining is always enjoyable, sometimes you don’t have the time to gather the troops to enjoy a leisurely, sit-down meal before the first stop on your morning’s journey. Don’t worry—This Week Hawaii has got you covered.Here we’re breaking down our favorite stops on Oʻahu to savor a quick bite before hopping back in the car for your next adventure. Fatboy’s – Whether you’re cruising around ... Read More

To Do on Maui: One Day, Six Activities, Endless Possibilities

Strapped for time on Maui and not sure where to start? Not to worry! The Valley Isle adventures begin from the moment you land at Kahului Airport and continue throughout the day as you enjoy eating, sightseeing, and exploring!Sample “World Famous Pancakes” at Tasty CrustKick-start your voyage by driving into Wailuku town and stopping for the beloved, “world famous pancakes” at Tasty Crust! This classic diner is a hit with visitors and locals alike, cooking up iconic breakfast favorites like Loco Moco, Fried Rice, and Opakapaka and Eggs. Slide into ... Read More

Maui on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

It’s no secret that a trip to Hawaiʻi can seriously rack up the bill. After all, it pays to spend time in paradise! From dining decisions to pricey attractions, an island vacation can bring up some serious questions about the best way to spend your savings.This Week Hawaii is making it easy for you to experience paradise on a budget. Here we’re showcasing popular things to do on Maui at a reasonable price. Drive the Road to Hana – When driving the Road to Hana, the biggest expense may be the ... Read More

Editor’s Pick: Best Breakfasts on Maui When You're on the Run

If you’re like most people visiting Hawaiʻi, your itinerary is chock full of places to go, activities to enjoy and new things to try. And while quality dining is always enjoyable, sometimes you don’t have the time to gather the troops to enjoy a leisurely, sit-down meal before the first stop on your morning’s journey.Don’t worry—This Week Hawaii has got you covered.Here we’re breaking down our favorite stops on Maui to savor a quick bite before hopping back in the car for your next adventure. Joey’s Kitchen – Joey’s Kitchen is ... Read More

Kauaʻi on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

It’s no secret that a trip to Hawaiʻi can seriously rack up the bill. After all, it pays to spend time in paradise! From dining decisions to pricey attractions, an island vacation can bring up some serious questions about the best way to spend your savings. This Week Hawaii is making it easy for you to experience paradise on a budget. Here we’re showcasing popular things to do on Kauaʻi at a reasonable price. Experience the beauty of Waimea Canyon – Waimea Canyon rests at the end of a long, curvy and ... Read More

Editor’s Pick: Best Breakfasts on Kauai When You're on the Run

If you’re like most people visiting Hawaiʻi, your itinerary is chock full of places to go, activities to enjoy and new things to try. And while quality dining is always enjoyable, sometimes you don’t have the time to gather the troops to enjoy a leisurely, sit-down meal before the first stop on your morning’s journey. Don’t worry—This Week Hawaii has got you covered.Here we’re breaking down our favorite stops on Kauaʻi to savor a quick bite before hopping back in the car for your next adventure. Gina’s Anykine Grinds Café – Often ... Read More

To Do on the Big Island: Rainy Day Activities

Despite the common perception of Hawaiʻi as a tropical getaway, some days are spent shrouded in gray clouds and intermittent showers, weather conditions that keep visitors and locals alike holed up indoors. But how do you keep your vacation going when the rain just won’t stop?Like it or not, Hawaiʻi sees its fair share of rainy days, from mild passing showers to more torrential weather. But if you only have a few days in paradise, you can’t (and shouldn’t) spend every one of them waiting around for the skies to ... Read More

Big Island on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

It’s no secret that a trip to Hawaiʻi can seriously rack up the bill. After all, it pays to spend time in paradise! From dining decisions to pricey attractions, an island vacation can bring up some serious questions about the best way to spend your savings. This Week Hawaii is making it easy for you to experience paradise on a budget. Read on for popular things to do on the Big Island for not a lot of cash. Sample Kona Coffee on a farm tour – The Big Island is known ... Read More

Editor’s Pick: Best Breakfasts on the Big Island When You're on the Run

If you’re like most people visiting Hawaiʻi, your itinerary is chock full of places to go, activities to enjoy and new things to try. And while quality dining is always enjoyable, sometimes you don’t have the time to gather the troops to enjoy a leisurely, sit-down meal before the first stop on your morning’s journey.Don’t worry—This Week Hawaii has got you covered.Here we’re breaking down our favorite stops on the Big Island to savor a quick bite before hopping back in the car for your next adventure.808 Grindz Cafe – ... Read More

Top Seven Things to Know Before your Trip to Hawaiʻi

There’s no doubt about it—Hawaiʻi is an island paradise known for its verdant landscape and sprawling, sunny beaches. But there’s a lot more to these tropical islands than meets the eye. If you’re a first-time visitor to Hawaiʻi, you may find yourself surprised and slightly confused by the reality of the paradise you’re visiting. Here are seven things to know before you make the trek across the Pacific: 1. Each island is differentWhatever your impressions of traditional Hawaiʻi may be, they likely vary island to island—this is because each island is ... Read More

Hawaiʻi’s Endangered Species: What to Know and How to Protect Them

Much like its sprawling, verdant landscape, Hawaiʻi is also home to a variety of native animals on land and at sea that are unique to our islands. Of these fauna, so many find themselves on the long list of endangered species. We ask visitors and residents alike to do their part to protect and preserve these endangered species to allow generations in the future to enjoy their presence.Hawaiian Monk SealThe Hawaiian Monk Seal is endemic to Hawaiʻi, regarded as extremely rare not only in our state, but also in US ... Read More

Eco-Tips Hawaii: Who Needs Plastic? Go Green and be Eco-Friendly in Hawaiʻi

Hawaiʻi has always been known for its pristine beaches, verdant landscape and all-around majestic outdoor environment. Yet now more than ever, the beauty of Hawaiʻi is threatened by the rise in pollution, plastic overkill and damage to our oceans. There are so many ways to enjoy eco-friendly fun while doing your part to keep Hawaiʻi clean, green and safe. If you’re traveling across the islands, we encourage you to “go green” whenever you can! Here are some simple tips to get you started. PC: Pacific Whale Foundation. 1. Forgo the plasticIt’s no ... Read More

Top Eight Reasons to Visit Hawaii in the Summer

School’s out, the sun is shining, the waves are barreling to shore, and Hawaiʻi is calling your name! While there’s no bad time to make a trek to paradise, we certainly can’t deny the perfection of a summer island getaway. As if you need more convincing, here are eight reasons why a Hawaiʻi adventure in the summer is so special. 1. The beaches are at their most beautifulSure, Hawaiʻi is known for its world-class beaches and sprawling blue waters, but what makes the shores around the Pacific even more beautiful in ... Read More

Dolphin Tours in Hawaii: Spend a Day with the Acrobats of the Sea

They frolic, they leap, they even communicate—what can’t dolphins do? These amazing acrobats of the sea are Hawaiʻi regulars, roaming the warm waters around our islands in social, exploratory pods. They are highly intelligent, community-oriented and playful, and are frequently spotted cruising around each of the Hawaiian Islands. PC: Dolphin Star.Sure, you can search for these friendly yet elusive creatures on your own, but why not enlist the help of professionals? Dolphin tour operators on the Big Island, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu and Maui offer vessels of all sizes and capacities—these are ... Read More

Surf’s up! Surf Lessons in Hawaii for Everyone

Have you always wanted to test your shredding skills? Did you find yourself pumped after watching the pros crush the last Eddie at Waimea Bay? If so, now’s the time to grab (or rent) your board, sprint toward the water…and enlist the help of professionals for some much-needed surf lessons! Surfing plays a huge role in the history and culture of Hawaiʻi. More than just another recreational activity, surfing is a way of life for locals, many of whom wake well before dawn just for the chance to catch a few ... Read More

Farm to Table Excursions in Hawaiʻi

In addition to its rich and diverse landscapes, Hawaiʻi is also known for its agricultural bounty, growing local coffee, papaya, cacao, macadamia nuts, honey, lavender and so much more. Did you know that Hawaiʻi is the only state in the US that grows cacao? How about that Kona coffee is picked meticulously by hand? These are just a sampling of facts you’d learn during a Hawaiʻi farm tour. PC: Ueshima Coffee Co.Our favorite farm tour operators on the Big Island, Oʻahu and Maui love welcoming visitors and locals alike to ... Read More

Fly Higher: Helicopter Tours in Hawaii

Boasting lush rainforests, rolling mountain ranges and sandy shores, Hawaiʻi’s majestic landscapes warrant observation from the sky. Though wonderful to traverse by foot, many of the Hawaiian Islands’ standout features are best enjoyed from a dramatic, aerial perspective. PC: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.For someone with a long harbored fear of heights, I’m nonetheless elated by the prospect of sampling these leading helicopter tour operators. I’ve never been what people call a “thrill seeker,” yet there’s something about soaring high above some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world that makes ... Read More

Where to Zipline in Hawaii

Are you brave enough to fly high in Hawaiʻi? If the answer is yes, then you’re in luck, because Hawaiʻi is a prime destination for embarking upon ziplining adventures. From rolling mountain ranges to crystal clear waters and everything in between, Hawaiʻi’s majestic landscapes are even more breathtaking from an aerial view. PC: Kohala Zipline.Soar to new heights on the Big Island, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu and Maui with our many ziplining friends. With each zipline tour operator, you’ll enjoy multiple lines, specialty equipment, thrilling speeds and expert instruction as you sail ... Read More

Horseback Ride in Style in Hawaiʻi

Horses have always held a special place in peoples’ hearts. Gentle giants with incredibly soft spirits, horses are so in tune with humans that they’re even used to bring comfort and healing through initiatives like equine therapy. They are kind, loving and majestic creatures with a good sense of their natural surroundings and the people around them. PC: Turtle Bay Resort.Hawaiʻi is the perfect place to get familiar with these intelligent and affectionate creatures. No matter where your vacation takes you, you’re sure to find a variety of horseback riding ... Read More

Top Eight Reasons to Visit Hawaii in the Winter

While we may not be “dreaming of a white Christmas,” Hawaiʻi locals are still very fond of the winter season. Say goodbye to those winter boots and frumpy jackets (but probably keep an umbrella handy), because winter in Hawaiʻi is all about surf, sun, celebrations...and a few sprinkles every now and then. Need more convincing? Here are eight very good reasons to enjoy a winter reprieve in paradise.1. See big surf up closeThe winter months are heaven-sent to surfers in Hawaiʻi. During this thrilling season, pros and amateurs alike grab ... Read More

Hawaiian Food: A Taste of Real Hawaii

You can learn a great deal about the culture and heritage of a new travel destination from the food that locals eat. A state or country’s cuisine is often inspired by the people who inhabit it, the locals who pour their hearts and souls into the land and shape the way it’s perceived. And as one of the most diverse melting pots in the world, Hawaiʻi boasts a gourmet spread of unique delicacies influenced by Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino and Portuguese cultures, just to name a few.If you’re a ... Read More

A Time of Remembrance & Gratitude

The month of December brings thoughts of gift giving and receiving, family gatherings and holiday parties. In Hawaii, it also brings a day of national remembrance held on December 7. This year, we observed the 75th Anniversary National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration—a lengthy title with an equally large number of unprecedented events held during this once-in-a-lifetime event. From December 1-11, movies on the beach, band performances, activities, special events, banquets, concerts and much more took place to remember the actions of that day, and to say a heartfelt "thank ... Read More

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