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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

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

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

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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

Kaua‘i Visitors Pledge Online to Holo Holo (Travel) Responsibly

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

By Kent Coules, Publisher Holo Holo Charters' Pono Pledge aims to address the impacts of destination travel Kaua‘i is a special place, and many tour and activity companies feel a kuleana (responsibility) to the ʻāina (land) when sharing it with their guests. Holo Holo Charters, a 20-year-old, locally-owned boat tour company, understands the impact destination travel can have on the environment both economically and experientially, so they proactively created an online “Pono (righteous) Pledge” encouraging all passengers to complete before they actually set sail on their Kaua‘i ocean adventure. The pledge brings more than ... Read More

Hawai‘i Trivia: Ten Questions About The Pearl Harbor Attack from Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

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A legendary P-40 with the historic Ford Island Field Control Tower in the background [photo Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum] Ford Island, now a National Historic Landmark, is quiet today but it still shows the scars of war. In developing the master plan in the 1990s, the Navy consulted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. The Navy agreed to protect several historic buildings and nearby grounds. However, preserving these artifacts is outside the Navy’s primary mission, so an innovative method for adaptive reuse and preservation was ... Read More

Be a Traveler, Not a Tourist: Respect and Restraint Should Still Be Practiced While on Vacation

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor The ruins of Kaniakapūpū circa 2010 The editorial team here at This Week has a phrase we like to whip out now and then: “Be a traveler, not a tourist.” It can mean different things to different people, but the gist is this: When you visit a place, whether a sacred historical site, a beach, a restaurant or even a friend’s house, tread lightly and with respect. It’s not yours, after all, so treat it well. Sadly, sometimes visitors to Hawai‘i don’t practice this concept, ... Read More

Tiki in Hawai‘i: Love It Or Hate It, The Tiki Aesthetic Lives On

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog, Food & Drink, The Arts

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Photo: La Mariana Sailing Club Tiki. Love it or hate it, the imagery of this unique style permeates our thoughts of old Hawai‘i and what some people think the islands were, are, and/or supposed to be. The mere mention of the word ‘tiki’ evokes images of tacky aloha shirts, grass skirts and plastic lei while strumming on a cheap, toy ‘ukulele. Throw in a carved wooden representation of an indeterminate deity and a colorful rum cocktail with an umbrella or another prop sticking out of it and, ... Read More

Free, Accessible and Right Under Our Noses: An Appreciation for Hawai‘i’s Parks and Beaches

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By Richard Melendez "Going out" doesn’t always mean going out. It can just mean going out. Okay, okay, what I’m trying to say is that going out doesn’t need to mean heading out to a restaurant or event. It could just mean stepping outside to enjoy the sun and fresh air. Not only is Hawai‘i a paradise like no other with more than enough in natural wonderment to keep us both enthralled and appreciative; Hawai‘i also does a great job of keeping its beauty accessible and enjoyable by all. Think ... Read More

15 Hilarious Questions Hawai‘i’s Tourists Really Ask

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

Repeat after me: There’s no such thing as a stupid question.  While some questions may give us pause, the only way we ever learn anything is by asking, right? Those who work in the visitor industry get pelted with questions of all sorts. They’re thrilled that people want to learn so much about their surroundings and the activities they’re taking part in, but some questions can and do make us here in Hawai‘i chuckle. It’s certainly no different than when a Hawai‘i resident visits the U.S. mainland or another country ... Read More

Alternate Routes: The Pali is closed? Consider Kalaniana‘ole Highway.

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor So, you may have heard that the Pali Highway is closed until at least August. While there’s limited access during rush hours, for the most part, this vital—and scenic—artery connecting Honolulu to the Windward side of the island is off limits. Don’t fret, though. If you were planning a circle island drive or a jaunt over to Kailua-side, you can still get there through a few other routes. Likelike Highway is probably the least-disruptive as it runs basically parallel to the Pali. H-3 also works ... Read More

The Wonders of the Ni‘ihau Shell Lei Necklace: Talking with Liz Cope of The Hawaiian Trading Post

Posted in: Culture & History, People, Shopping

By Kent Coules, Publisher Long before The Hawaiian Trading Post’s Liz Cope imported her first Ni‘ihau shell lei necklace to her Koloa store in 1984, she knew many of the artists. Cope moved to the west side of Kaua‘i at age seven from Oah‘u, the daughter of a NASA engineer. “Ni‘ihau children attended Kekaha Elementary School on the Westside with me”, Cope explains. “They would go back and forth. To this day, I do business with artists I grew up with.” Not too many people can say they “grew up ... Read More

Hawaii Trivia: Test Your Knowledge!

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

Hawai‘i is such a fascinating place with tons of facts and tidbits to glean. How well do you think you know the islands? We put together some trivia questions so you can put your knowledge to the test, and maybe even impress your friends and family with your HIIQ (Hawai‘i Intelligence Quotient). The answers are down below—no cheating!.  Got your thinking caps secured? Okay, then. Get ready, get set... GO!   1.  The Hawaiian islands are the projecting tops of one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. How ... Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Visit O‘ahu

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher O‘ahu, known as “The Gathering Place” is home to the State Capitol, Honolulu. It is where the royal family settled following the consolidation of Hawai‘i into one kingdom in 1810. There is something to be said for that. They could have settled anywhere; they chose Honolulu O‘ahu is the second oldest and third largest island in the chain and is home to the majority of the state’s population When considering which island is the best fit for your next vacation, here are ten reasons why O‘ahu ... Read More

'The King of Kaua‘i': 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

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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

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