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15 Hilarious Questions Hawai‘i’s Tourists Really Ask

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Which Hawaiian Island Should I Visit?

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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

Nā Pali Coast: Five Fun Facts Nā Pali Riders Want You to Know About Kauai's Nā Pali Coast

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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

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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

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

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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

Aloha ‘Āina: 'Love of the Land'

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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

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