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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

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

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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 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

Hiking on the Big Island: A Chat with Hawaii Forest & Trail Founder Rob Pacheco

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher Rob Pacheco hikes for a living. I could have said, “Rob Pacheco gazes at stars for a living.” Or, “Rob Pacheco studies Big Island birds for a living.” In fact he does all of these things, and thousands of Hawai‘i visitors are the better for it. When Pacheco arrived on the Big Island in 1990 to take a job as a beekeeper, the Northern California native did not know he would settle here permanently. “I would go to school, travel, go broke, and go ... Read More

Five Best Oahu Beaches

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor The Hawaiian islands are naturally surrounded by water, so by default, Hawaiʻi is surround by beaches. Which is the best? To be honest, they’re ALL beautiful in their own way, but here are the 5 we think are the best on Oʻahu. In no particular order: Lanikai Beach, Windward Oʻahu: It once had a reputation as a low key, “secret” beach, but Lanikai is now probably the worst kept secret on the island. While relatively inaccessible compared to its neighbor, Kailua Beach, Lanikai is frequented by ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Under the Sea on Atlantis Adventures' Eco-Friendly Submarines

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

Who hasn’t wanted to explore the ocean deep in a submarine? What visitor to Hawai‘i doesn’t want to experience the magic of tropical marine life? With Atlantis Submarines in Waikīkī, on Maui and Hawai‘i Island, island guests and locals alike can do both at the same time.Atlantis encounters with Pacific Ocean wonders may have never happened if founder and president of Atlantis Submarines International, Inc. Dennis Hurd, had not come up with an amazing idea. Hurd wanted to design a unique passenger submarine that could show guests amazing underwater marine ... Read More

Snorkeling on Maui: Snorkel Bob's Robert Wintner: Tale of a Reef Warrior

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

When locals think of the evolution of Snorkel Bob’s, they think of the revolutionary equipment the company designs and engineers. They think of the quirky, iconic ads starring “Snorkel Dog” and “Catfish” that helped launch the brand. But what makes Snorkel Bob’s an integral part of the island ‘ohana (family), is their relentless pursuit of “reef justice.” Founder Robert Wintner—entrepreneur, author, photographer and conservationist—and his Snorkel Bob Foundation have propelled pivotal efforts to preserve the very reefs that millions of island guests enjoy each year. Maui, for instance, has been 100 ... 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

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

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

To Do on Oahu: Activities in West Oahu

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

Welcome to the Gathering Place, Hawaiʻi’s home to two-thirds of the state’s population and the state capitol of Honolulu. When most people think of Oʻahu, they probably think of busy Waikīkī, massive North Shore swells, the lush Koʻolau mountain range and the bustling city scene. What they may not realize, however, is that Oʻahu is a diverse place with many unique neighborhoods and landscapes. Consider heading west during your next trip to Oʻahu. You won’t believe the charming sights you’ll see on your drive there. The best part? Your destination is ... Read More

To Do on Maui: One Day, Six Activities, Endless Possibilities

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

Strapped for time on Maui and not sure where to start? Not to worry! The Valley Isle adventures begin from the moment you land at Kahului Airport and continue throughout the day as you enjoy eating, sightseeing, and exploring!Sample “World Famous Pancakes” at Tasty CrustKick-start your voyage by driving into Wailuku town and stopping for the beloved, “world famous pancakes” at Tasty Crust! This classic diner is a hit with visitors and locals alike, cooking up iconic breakfast favorites like Loco Moco, Fried Rice, and Opakapaka and Eggs. Slide into ... 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

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

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

Big Island on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

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

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. Read on for popular things to do on the Big Island for not a lot of cash. Sample Kona Coffee on a farm tour – The Big Island is known ... Read More

Hawaiʻi’s Endangered Species: What to Know and How to Protect Them

Posted in: Environment

Much like its sprawling, verdant landscape, Hawaiʻi is also home to a variety of native animals on land and at sea that are unique to our islands. Of these fauna, so many find themselves on the long list of endangered species. We ask visitors and residents alike to do their part to protect and preserve these endangered species to allow generations in the future to enjoy their presence.Hawaiian Monk SealThe Hawaiian Monk Seal is endemic to Hawaiʻi, regarded as extremely rare not only in our state, but also in US ... Read More

Eco-Tips Hawaii: Who Needs Plastic? Go Green and be Eco-Friendly in Hawaiʻi

Posted in: Environment, Food & Drink, Shopping

Hawaiʻi has always been known for its pristine beaches, verdant landscape and all-around majestic outdoor environment. Yet now more than ever, the beauty of Hawaiʻi is threatened by the rise in pollution, plastic overkill and damage to our oceans. There are so many ways to enjoy eco-friendly fun while doing your part to keep Hawaiʻi clean, green and safe. If you’re traveling across the islands, we encourage you to “go green” whenever you can! Here are some simple tips to get you started. PC: Pacific Whale Foundation. 1. Forgo the plasticIt’s no ... Read More

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