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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

Best Deals on Maui Activities Brought to You by This Week

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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

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 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

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

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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

To Do on Oahu: Rainy Day Activities

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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

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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

Oahu on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

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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

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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

Maui on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

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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

Kauaʻi on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

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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

To Do on the Big Island: Rainy Day Activities

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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

Top Seven Things to Know Before your Trip to Hawaiʻi

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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

Top Eight Reasons to Visit Hawaii in the Summer

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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

Top Eight Reasons to Visit Hawaii in the Winter

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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

A Time of Remembrance & Gratitude

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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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