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Waimea Valley: The Many Facets of the North Shore's Hidden Treasure

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog, Environment, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor A taro patch, just one of the many culturally significant collections of flora found in the valley This weekend we took a drive up to O‘ahu’s North Shore and visited Waimea Vally. I last visited this site about 20 years—and at least two landowners owners—ago. In fact, it’s been so long that I can’t really remember much about how it was back then compared to how it is today. What I can tell you is that the Waimea Valley of today is a more than ... Read More

Buses, Bikes or Boots: Getting Around O‘ahu Without a Car

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor TheBus is not only convenient, but it's also a good value One of the prices of living in paradise is the traffic we on O‘ahu have to contend with. For the last several years, Honolulu’s traffic woes have ranked among the worst in the nation. Fortunately, we have a number of alternatives to driving. Keep these in mind and you may manage to avoid a little traffic and a bunch of stress. You’re on vacation, after all! There are, of course, the countless tour shuttles ... Read More

Talking with Jason Trim of Makani Golf Club—The Course Locals Don’t Want You to Know About

Posted in: People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Makani Golf Club's signature 17th hole is as terrifying as it is breathtaking “Makani” is the Hawaiian word for wind. You could be excused for thinking it means “spectacular views.” Indeed, when one first drives off Māmalahoa Highway onto Makani Golf Club’s 150 acres, your first view is of its signature 17th hole. It’s a par three with an island green that architect Perry Dye modeled after the “most terrifying tee shot in golf,” the legendary 17th at TPC Sawgrass. Looking at this hole on the ... Read More

The Pizza Man of Kaua‘i: Tom Iannucci Opens Pietro’s Pizza e Pasta in Poipu Shopping Village

Posted in: Food & Drink, People

By Kent Coules, Publisher One of Tom Iannucci's mouth-watering concoctions, fresh from the oven When most people think of “pizza” and “Hawai‘i” they think of pineapple and ham. Tom Iannucci thinks about brick ovens and learning more from his peers at the Association of Verace Pizza Napoletana, who commissioned his pizzeria as their first certified pizzeria in Hawai‘i. It all started on Long Island, New York, where Tom grew up. “It wasn’t the best neighborhood,” says Tom. “A lot of my buddies were going to jail, so after the Beirut ... Read More

To Do on Maui: Rainy Day Activities

Posted in: Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Yes, it rains even in paradise. It doesn’t happen often but when it does, what do you do? You could wait it out. NEVER! Why would you do that when Maui is full of so many fun things to do, rain or shine! We’ve compiled a list of our top things to do on the chance that Maui releases the flood gates.   MAUI OCEAN CENTER It doesn’t matter if you have kids or not—Maui Ocean Center is a treat for all ages! They ... Read More

Chef Sheldon Makes a Splash on the Maui Dining Scene with LINEAGE

Posted in: Food & Drink, People

By Kent Coules, Publisher What do the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award, television’s Top Chef and Hawai‘i’s ubiquitous ABC Stores all have in common? Sheldon Simeon, Executive Chef of the hot new restaurant LINEAGE in Wailea, Maui. Chef Sheldon, as he is known, was twice voted “Fan Favorite” during two separate appearances on the Bravo Network’s Top Chef. He opened LINEAGE in October 2018 in partnership with venerable ABC Stores and was nominated as a semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation for Best New Restaurant in March. The James Beard ... Read More

Women Making Waves on Maui: Martha Haleakala of Kobe’s Japanese Steakhouse

Posted in: Food & Drink, People

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director This is our nod to the women who are standing tall, climbing mountains and making a difference on this little slice of heaven known as Maui. Whether these women are entrepreneurs, humanitarians, environmentalists or are just doing something really cool, they are making Maui a better place, every day. Kobe's entertaining chefs and delicious food bring people back again and again, but Martha is the restaurant's secret treasure. Martha Haleakala is the owner of Kobe’s Japanese Steak House over in Lahaina, but that wasn’t always ... Read More

Rocky Japanese Steak Teppan Restaurant is a Treat for Locals and Visitors Alike

Posted in: Food & Drink

By Kent Coules, Publisher Rocky Aoki first introduced Americans to the concept of "eatertainment" in 1964 I recently met a friend at Rocky Japanese Steak Teppan Restaurant at the Hilton Hawaiian Village for a pau hana (after work) dinner. For many locals, making the trek into Waikīkī can seem like a chore, but visiting Rocky’s was so worth the effort. The former Benihana of Tokyo re-opened under the new Rocky name earlier this year. The wife of the late founder Rocky Aoki wanted to update the restaurant to include some ... Read More

Maui's Hidden Gem: Westside Bagel Brings East Coast Style Bagels to Hawai‘i

Posted in: Food & Drink, People

By Lauren LeDoux, Maui Sales Director Westside Bagel brings east coast style bagels to Maui Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa who had just started her small business, Westside Bagel, this last October with her partner, Scott. This tiny, bubbly blonde is from the East coast with an undergrad in psychology. She’s also a licensed realtor, though not practicing. Despite those credentials, she always found herself coming back to the food and beverage industry, and after meeting her, youʻll be glad she did. She's a ray ... Read More

Fabric Mart: Home to the Coolest Souvenirs in Waikīkī!

Posted in: Shopping

Here’s a dilemma that most visitors to Hawai‘i can relate to: your vacation is winding down, you want to get something for all your family and friends back home, but you’ve already spent a lot of money and you only have so much room in your luggage. Today we’re going to turn you on to an amazing discovery—Fabric Mart on Kalākaua Avenue, right at the edge of Waikīkī. Now, you may be surprised to learn—like we were—that Fabric Mart sells more than just bolts of fabric, sewing patterns, needles and ... Read More

Planning Your Maui Vacation: Five Must Do Activities on Maui

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

Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. With so many exciting and unique things to do here in the islands, it can be hard to decide what’s worth doing and way too easy to overlook some winners. No worries, we got you! Here are a few must-do activities on Maui that we think you should add to your bucket list, just so you can check them off when you get here! Attend a Lūau Experience Hawaiian culture at an authentic lūau [Photo courtesy Old Lahaina Luau] A luau is more than ... Read More

Coral Crater Adventure Park: Conquering Fear and Having Fun in Kapolei

Posted in: Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Climbing the Adventure Tower is just one of many fun activities at Coral Crater Adventure Park Adventure is in Jim Owen’s blood. Prior to opening Coral Crater Adventure Park in Kapolei in 2017, he spent a good portion of his life practicing what he now preaches to guests. “At 17, I spent a year in Thailand as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, living in a monastery for a month. I wore a plain cotton robe, never spoke and meditated from dawn to dusk.” After attending Hawai‘i ... Read More

Hula in Hilo: The 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Hula Kahiko performance [Courtesy Merrie Monarch Festival] A journey undertaken by ancient ancestors, the love between a man and woman, the gentle sway of palm trees beneath the light of a full moon...these are just some of the stories told through the art of hula. With no written language prior to western contact, the Hawaiian people used this revered art form to pass down the myths, legends and history of their people. Dancers trained rigorously and performances were taken seriously. As of April 21 and through April 27, hula hālau (hula ... Read More

2019 Waikiki Spam Jam: Celebrating a Canned Delicacy While Helping Those in Need

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Events, Food & Drink, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Which Spam variety is your favorite? Who doesn’t love food? Who doesn’t love a street festival? Put them together and you’ve got a street festival celebrating one of the most perfect foods around. I’m talking, of course, about Waikiki Spam Jam, taking place this Saturday, April 27, along Kalākaua Avenue. Hawai‘i has a special love for this canned meat, dating back to its introduction to the islands during WW II. Since then, Spam has become a staple of local households and cuisine, having adapted itself ... Read More

Hawai‘i Trivia: Test Your Knowledge With These Ten Questions About Kaua‘i

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

A view of Kaua‘i's breathtaking Waimea Canyon   Let’s face it. Hawai‘i is downright fascinating. It’s the most isolated land mass, with the world’s tallest mountain (measured from the ocean floor), and the most active volcano, and that’s just three off the top of our heads! (Read more about Hawai‘i’s unique characteristics here). Now its time to test your knowledge of Kaua‘i. Let’s see how you do with these ten questions:   1.  Kaua‘i’s nickname is: a) The Emerald Isle b) The Garden Isle c) The Orchid Isle d) The ... Read More

Hawai‘i Trivia: Test Your Knowledge With These Five Questions About Maui

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

  The serene slopes of Haleakalā Maui is known for being one of the best islands in the world to visit. It has amazing beaches, boasts world-class hotels, golf courses and restaurants, and hosts approximately 4,000 migrating humpback whales every year. Let’s see how much you know about Maui by taking this five-question quiz:   1. There are 132 islands in the Hawaiian chain. By size, Maui is the: a) Largest b) Second largest c) Third largest d) Sixth largest   2. Haleakalā is a mountain volcano rising 10,023 feet ... Read More

Camp Maui: Where History Meets Adventure

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Camp Maui in its heyday Not many people know this, but O‘ahu isn’t the only island where you can find historical landmarks from World War II. Maui has it’s own little gem up in the North Shore called Camp Maui. Camp Maui’s owner, Derek Hoyte is a history buff who combined his love of adventure with his love of history and started North Shore Zipline which is located on the camp. Camp Maui's rich history will excite any enthusiast. The property was the home base and ... Read More

Hawai‘i Trivia: Five Questions About USS Battleship Missouri

Posted in: Culture & History

The "Mighty Mo" in action The USS Missouri was the last, and most famous, battleship commissioned by the United States Navy. Construction of the USS Missouri began in a Brooklyn shipyard with a keel-laying ceremony on January 6, 1941. The ship launched on January 29, 1944 and was commissioned on June 11, 1944. The Missouri would see action in three wars—World War II, the Korean War and the Gulf War. The battleship—affectionately called the “Mighty Mo”—was decommissioned for the final time on March 31, 1992 and became part of Pearl Harbor Historic Sites on ... Read More

Hiding in Plain Sight: Hawai‘i's History is All Around Us

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Downtown Hilo wears its history on its sleeve, and that's part of its charm. Hawai‘i’s rich history is all around us, even if we’re not looking for it. From landmark tourist attractions to innocuous, yet suspiciously mainland-sounding street names, our day-to-day interactions are steeped in the past. When tourists and locals conceptualize Hawai‘i’s history, there are some obvious touchstones that may come to mind: culturally significant sites like Mauna Kea or an ancient heiau (shrine), ‘Iolani Palace, Pearl Harbor or the older parts of towns ... Read More

Imagination Reality: Making Children's Birthdays Memorable for Maui's Visitors and Locals

Posted in: Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Imagine a fairy tale princess hosting your little one's birthday party! If birthdays are special, then celebrating a birthday in paradise should be magical, right? But how do you make a birthday on the Valley Isle even more magical? I would have said that you can’t—that was until I met Marissa Gander, the owner of Imagination Reality. Marissa and her team of princesses and superheroes spread a little fairy dust to make children’s dreams come to life, one party at a time. When I first ... Read More

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