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'The King of Kauai': Kaua‘i Museum’s Executive Director Shares His Love of Island History

Posted in: Culture & History, People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Americans are obsessed with royalty—British royalty. Visitors to Kaua‘i have an opportunity to learn the rich, fascinating and controversial history of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i’s royal families. At the Kaua‘i Museum in Līhu‘e, that includes a special emphasis on Kaua‘i’s King Kaumuali‘i, who ruled over Hawai‘i’s last independent state from King Kamehameha II until he was abducted in 1821. “King Kaumuali‘i is the star here,” says Kaua‘i Museum Executive Director Chucky Boy Chock. “He is the biggest difference between us and other island museums.” "Long before ... Read More

Ten Things that Make Hawai'i the Most Unique State in the Country

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher ʻIolani Palace Hawaiʻi has the only royal palaces on American soil. ʻIolani Palace, in Honolulu, is the site of the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani. Those familiar with Hawaii’s history can argue persuasively that Hawaiʻi is NOT legally United States territory, but that’s a story for another time.   Weather Honolulu is the only major U.S. city where the average high temperature is in the 80’s—TWELVE MONTHS A YEAR!   Caffeine Junkies Rejoice Hawaiʻi is the only state that grows coffee commercially. Hawaiʻi’s rich, volcanic soil ... Read More

Information. Inspiration. Action. Dan Lutkenhouse Plans to Change the World One Visitor at a TIme

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher “I see kids in the parking lot moping when they get here, not wanting to go to a garden, and beaming like they just went to Disneyland when they leave.” So says Dan Lutkenhouse Jr., steward of the Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden. The garden is marking its 40th anniversary this year by committing to “creating a living experience that everyone can benefit from.” The garden was created through the untiring efforts of one man, Dan Lutkenhouse Sr., who discovered Onomea Valley while on vacation with his ... Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Big Island of Hawai‘i

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Events, Food & Drink, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Deciding to vacation in Hawai‘i is an easy choice for many as evidenced by the nearly 10 million people who visited in 2018. What is not so easy is deciding which island to visit. In this article, we provide 10 reasons why (and 10 types of people for whom) the Big Island might be the perfect choice for your first or next visit. 1.  For the Volcanologists Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, home to Kīlauea Volcano, is the most visited site in the entire state, hosting over ... Read More

Maui Plane Rides’ Eric Brill Shares the Secret Wonders of Maui... One Intimate Flight at a Time

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Have you ever met someone that inspired you to follow your dreams? Or in my case, conquer my fears? That was my experience with Eric Brill. Eric is the Owner and Captain of Maui Plane Rides. I am a land hugging Maui resident, fearful of heights and flying. Or at least, I thought I was, until Eric convinced me to see my beloved Maui from the air. Eric made his way to Maui after years of piloting commercial aircraft across the globe, beginning in ... Read More

Which Hawaiian Island Should I Visit?

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Food & Drink, Shopping, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Hawai‘i is home to 137 islands and atolls. Eight of these islands are considered the “main” islands, and only six of them are legitimate tourist destinations. Ni‘ihau, the “Forbidden Island,” is owned by the Robinson family and access is strictly limited to native Hawaiians. Less than 200 people call Ni‘ihau home. Kaho‘olawe is the smallest of the eight main volcanic islands. During World War II, Kaho‘olawe was used as a training ground and bombing range by the Armed Forces of the United States. After decades of ... Read More

Five Fun Facts Nā Pali Riders Want You to Know About the Nā Pali Coast

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher The Nā Pali Coast of Kauaʻi is a spectacular sculpture of nature, created by a dramatic geological collision of tectonic plates resulting in huge volcanic eruptions and finished by millions of years of erosion via wind and water. Nā Pali Riders has been providing guests with an up-close view of the entire 17-mile coastline for over 20 years in Zodiac boats that are small enough to enter some of the world’s most beautiful sea caves but large enough to provide the most comfortable ride ... Read More

Touring Crazy Shirts' Headquarters

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog, Shopping

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Have you ever wanted to work in a treehouse surrounded by cool toys? Well, Crazy Shirts’ headquarters in Halawa isn’t that, buuuuut it kinda sorta is. A few of us from This Week were lucky enough to be granted a tour of the Crazy Shirts facility, and I gotta say, this is easily one of the coolest offices I’ve ever seen. Built in 1983, the entire structure is made from wood, making it stand out from the neighborhood’s other more warehouse-y type buildings. As we ... Read More

Seven Things Holo Holo Charters Wants You to Know About Humpback Whales

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Koholã, Hawaiian for Humpback whales, are seen regularly off the coasts of Hawai‘i from December through April, although occasional sightings can occur from mid-October through early June. You can experience incredible acrobatic displays by these gentle giants who migrate over 3,000 miles to visit Hawai‘i’s warm waters to breed, calve and nurse their young. Humpback whales are inquisitive and will often approach boats, giving tour operators like Holo Holo Charters on Kaua‘i a chance to wow guests with spectacular demonstrations of some of breaching, blows, head rises, and ... Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Activities on Oahu's Leeward Side

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Food & Drink, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor With most of O‘ahu’s tourist accommodations centralized in and around Waikīkī, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole island out there to explore. Yes, the North Shore rightfully gets a lot of attention, as do some other areas outside the urban core, but the west side of O‘ahu—also called the Leeward side—often gets overlooked by tourists and yes, even locals. So what is there to do on O‘ahu’s west side? Glad you asked! While there’s plenty to say about their snorkeling adventures, dining, shopping, ... Read More

The Aloha of Hawai‘i’s Own Crazy Shirts: A Conversation with President Scott Maroney

Posted in: Environment, Events, People, Shopping

  By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher “A life is not important except in the impact it has on others.”-Jackie Robinson  No sport matches baseball when it comes to inspirational life quotes. Crazy Shirts President Scott Maroney must have absorbed some of these lessons growing up as a promising player in Southern California. “I played baseball from a very young age,” says Maroney. “I was drafted by the Angels as a left fielder right out of high school.” Just before leaving home for his first stop in the Angels’ minor league ... Read More

Aloha ‘Āina: 'Love of the Land'

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

By the This Week Editorial Team The ancient Hawaiian people believed in the importance of caring for kāhonua, the earth, and its natural resources that allowed for the ola loa (long life) of the Hawaiian people. Islands were divided into ahupua‘a, sections of land stretching from mountain to sea, to provide for fresh water, growing and capturing food, and resources from the ocean. This provided people who lived within each ahupua‘a, rich and varied ecosystems—the perfect example of biodiversity. Hawai‘i was more than just home, a place to go about ... Read More

Five Reasons Why Celebrating the Holidays in Hawai‘i is the BEST

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor The holidays in Hawai‘i aren’t defined by sleigh rides, Yule logs and roasted chestnuts, BUT—that doesn’t make the season here any less festive. Put aside your preconceived notions of what the holidays are “supposed” to be, and you’ll find that the season here is just as joyous as anywhere else, if not more so. Here’s five reasons why: Reason 1: CHRISTMAS PARADES! Sure, other state’s have Christmas parades, but not many places have parades in December where you don’t have to bundle up! Shorts, slippers ... Read More

No Meat? No Problem! Best Vegetarian and Vegan Options on O‘ahu (that will still satisfy the carnivores in your life)

Posted in: Food & Drink

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Being vegetarian or vegan is a lifestyle that doesn’t just end when you travel. But finding satisfying options (i.e. something more than just a salad bar) in an unfamiliar state or country can sometimes be challenging. Moreso if you’re traveling with meat eaters.True, these days most dining establishments offer vegetarian options alongside their “regular” menu items. But if you want to step outside the safe zone and try some places that are perhaps under-the-radar and that satisfy both non-meat eaters as well as the carnivores ... Read More

The Best Beaches for Snorkeling on Maui

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director It is the dream to someday find yourself in the clear, warm waters of Hawai‘i snorkeling with the abundance of sea life that the Pacific has to offer. Maui has some of the best snorkel spots in the islands and we are here to steer you in the right direction. Here is a short list of a few of our favorite spots. Honolua BayAfter an easy, short trek through the beautiful jungle on the Northwestern end of Maui, you’ll reach the scenic bay of ... Read More

Whale Watching Season on Maui: The Humpbacks' Annual Return is a Joy to Behold

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Whale season on Maui is like Christmas at Disneyland, even for us locals. We look forward to the announcement we receive every year that the first whale has been spotted, marking the start of the season. This year, Pacific Whale Foundation spotted our first whale on October 8th a few miles north from Molokini. And just like that it was like Christmas decorations hit the shelves and we’re preparing for the big event when all the whales arrive.The Humpbacks of Hawaii were officially delisted ... Read More

Best Mexican Food on O’ahu: Three Great “Holes in the Wall”

Posted in: Food & Drink

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher Hawai’i has become a “foodie” town over the last 15 years or so, but Mexican food is not represented at the same level as other island specialties. In fact, as a native Southern California kid who grew up on Mexican food, I will go out of my way to find great Mexican. Here are three places on different parts on O’ahu worth tracking down: Maria Bonita, Chinatown15 N. Hotel St.Mexican food in Chinatown, you say? Actually Chinatown is a know “foodie” haven, with restaurants ... Read More

Best Places to Eat in Lahaina

Posted in: Food & Drink

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director People travel from all over the world to come to Maui and see sites like Haleakala, drive the road to Hana or snorkel in the clear blue waters of Honolua Bay. But outside of the beauty Maui has to offer, it also has some ono grindz. In mainlander terms, really good food! The west side of Maui has some of the best. Captain Jack's Island Grill Captain Jack’s is one of our favorite spots for happy hour.  Not only do they have a killer ... Read More

Concierge of the Year: Talking with Hawai‘i's Jenny Nobriga, Expedia Local Expert

Posted in: People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher Con-cierge- A noun of Latin and French origin denoting an employee whose job is to assist guests by arranging tours, making theater and restaurant reservations, etc. What person, in their right mind, doesn’t appreciate the services of a concierge, especially when planning activities while vacationing in paradise for the first (or second or third) time? Consider me right-minded. So having a free afternoon and morning while visiting Maui for business recently, I made a visit to the Expedia Local Experts®’ Hawaii Concierge Center and ... Read More

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

Posted in: People, Shopping

 By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher 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 ... Read More

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