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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

Concierge of the Year: Talking with Hawai‘i's Jenny Nobriga, Expedia Local Expert

Posted in: People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher Con-cierge- A noun of Latin and French origin denoting an employee whose job is to assist guests by arranging tours, making theater and restaurant reservations, etc. What person, in their right mind, doesn’t appreciate the services of a concierge, especially when planning activities while vacationing in paradise for the first (or second or third) time? Consider me right-minded. So having a free afternoon and morning while visiting Maui for business recently, I made a visit to the Expedia Local Experts®’ Hawaii Concierge Center and ... Read More

Convenience Is As Simple As ABC Stores: An Interview with Paul Kosasa

Posted in: People, Shopping

 By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher My first question to ABC Stores President and CEO Paul Kosasa is about “convenience” because that’s the best word I can come up with to describe an ABC Store, even though it feels so inadequate. “Well, it IS convenience, but not in the American vision,” says Kosasa, son of founders Sidney and Minnie Kosasa. “It’s more like a mini department store; very disciplined, clean, with products never out of place.”  Yeah, that’s it. But...is it? If I had a dollar for every time a visitor ... 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

Horseback Riding on Kauai: Horsin’ Around with CJM Stables' Joyce Miranda

Posted in: People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher "We want our guests to slow down and be in the present when they ride with us.”     It looks like Joyce Miranda will be taking some of her own advice. Following the 19th Annual Kōloa Plantation Days Rodeo that took place July 20-22 on her family’s ranch, the 70-year-old owner of CJM Stables is riding away from the event’s organizing responsibilities and enjoying a well-deserved break (that is, until next year’s rodeo rolls into town).     In an effort to lasso Joyce for ... 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

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

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

The Unsinkable Maggie Brown: The Story of Body Glove Cruises and its President

Posted in: People, Things to Do

Some people seem to have a professional destiny, usually borne of family pedigree. Maggie Brown, President of Body Glove Cruises, is one such person.Brown’s great-great uncle, Captain Asa Meade Simpson, founded Simpson Shipyard in North Bend, Oregon, in 1855. Her brother owns Sea and Go Boating magazines and produces boat shows in Newport Beach, California. “I learned how to swim when I was two years old," she said, “and ever since then I’ve been passionate about anything that has to do with the ocean.”Growing up on the Long Beach, California ... Read More

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