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The Honolulu Zoo: Birth of Baby Bongo Antelope Highlights Importance of Our Zoos

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Yesterday’s announcement that a baby bongo antelope was recently born at the Honolulu Zoo got me thinking about what a great resource our zoo is. If you hadn’t heard, the Honolulu Zoo’s two eastern lowland bongo antelope, Topenga (the mom) and Cory (the dad), gave birth to an as-yet-unnamed calf who is pretty darn adorable. See? Sheʻs adorable, right?? There are currently an estimated 28,000 bongo antelope existing in the wild, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has categorized them as “near ... Read More

Geeking Out in Hawai‘i: How to Get Your Geek On During Your Visit

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Once upon a time, “geek” meant the opposite of cool. If you read comic books or played Dungeons & Dragons, if you enjoyed math or science or had a hobby outside “the norm,” you were often the target of ridicule and shunned by the popular crowd. Today? Media inspired by comics and games is big business, geeks like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have inherited the world, and everyone from Hollywood to your grandma is in on the action. Geeky passions run deep and they ... Read More

Treasure Hunts on Maui Provide Land-Based Fun For This Week Maui Readers

Posted in: Food & Drink, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Have you seen me? This Week Maui’s Sales Director, Lauren LaDoux, didn’t know she would be “Chief Treasure Hunt Officer” when she joined the visitor magazine in 2017, but now it’s part of her job description and she loves it. “We thought it would be a fun way to engage with our readers and provide an adventure the whole family can participate in as they tour places they’re visiting anyway,” LaDoux says. “Winning a gift certificate for being the first to find the ‘This Week Pineapple’ ... Read More

Going Out on O‘ahu: The Charms of Honolulu's Chinatown

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor “Going out” means different things to different people. Varying factors include age, location, and whether or not there are children in the picture, among other things. In Hawai‘i, going out can mean club hopping in Waikīkī or just cruising with “the guys” in someone’s carport with some poke and a cooler full of beer. Going out can mean dinner with your significant other, night fishing with family, sushi for one at your favorite hole in the wall, Friday night fireworks off of Magic Island, or ... Read More

Hawai‘i Shark Facts: What a Local Wants You to Know

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher selachophobia: Noun. An irrational fear or dislike of sharks. If you’re coming to Hawai‘i, want to snorkel with family and friends but are terrified of sharks, then this story is for you. I’ve looked at a ton of stories online about sharks, and sharks in Hawai‘i, but there’s something missing when it comes to these articles. They’ll talk about the 40 or so shark species in Hawaiian waters, the four most common species, and the astronomical odds against being a victim of an attack. What’s missing ... Read More

Nā Pali Coast: Three Things That Make Kauai's Nā Pali Coast (and Na Pali Riders) a World Class Experience

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

  According to Na Pali Riders Captain Chris Turner—known to his guests as Captain Chris—there are three attractions on the Nā Pali Coast that make it special: Caves, cliffs and marine life. The number one attraction is the spectacular sea caves. The dramatic arches and caves are lit up by summer’s brilliant sun rays, lighting the crystal clear water into shades of electric blue. The caves were formed by the relentless pounding of the winter Hawaiian surf, sometimes reaching 40 feet in height. One of the spectacular sea caves you ... Read More

Helicopters, Sharks and Maui: The Unique Passions of Maverick Helicopters’ Brad Blucher

Posted in: People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher “I saw ‘Jaws’ when I was 10 years old. From that point forward I was petrified of sharks.” So says Maverick Helicopters’ Chief Pilot Brad Blucher. “It wasn’t just that I was afraid to swim in the ocean. You couldn’t keep me in a swimming pool.” Fast forward a few years and Blucher is skydiving out of C-130 military cargo planes, chasing 33-foot gunboats. He also parachuted out of the massive fliers as a Special Warfare Combat Crewman in the United States Navy. “SWCCs, or ‘Swics’, ... Read More

Five Reasons You Should NOT Visit Hawai‘i on Your Next Vacation

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

  Listen, we get it. Choosing a vacation destination is tough. So many places, so little time. Hawai‘i complicates that decision even more because deciding to vacation here is only step one—you still have to decide which island(s) to visit! What to do, what to do? We thought it would be a good public service to offer you five great reasons why Hawai‘i should not be on your list of vacation options. If, after reading this article, you still want to come then check out some of our articles to ... 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

Five Reasons to Wait Before Booking Activities on Your Hawai‘i Vacation

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By Kent Coules, Publisher Americans are obsessed with planning. We plan everything—our careers, our retirement, our kid’s birthday parties—so why is it that when you ask someone what they’re doing over the weekend, they seem genuinely happy when they reply “Nothing”? If you’re the type who has to map out everything and gets anxious when things don’t quite go as intended, let me offer you this personal tale: My Favorite Hawai‘i Vacation Memory Was A Happy Accident Prior to moving to Hawai‘i, in 2011, my family was vacationing on Maui. ... Read More

Five Fascinating Facts About the Giant Manta Rays of Hawai‘i

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By Kent Coules, Publisher One of the most popular activities on the Big Island of Hawaii is nighttime swimming with giant manta rays. These giant “birds of the ocean” can awe the most experienced scuba diver and strike fear in the more cautious novice. If you’re thinking about viewing these amazing creatures up close in their feeding habitat, here’s five fascinating things you’ll want to know before sliding off the side of a boat:   1.  By giant, we mean giant. Giant manta rays have wingspans that can reach as large ... Read More

Chartering Ocean Fun in Kona: Talking Story with Kamanu Charters' president, John Senn

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher What do Nicholas Cage, “Laverne” the Tiger Shark, King Kamehameha’s canoes and an intimidating Hawaiian monk seal all have in common? They’ve all been on or rubbed up against John and Beth Senn’s 36-foot catamaran, the Kamanu.  John and Beth arrived in Hawai‘i after careers in auto mechanics and restaurant management respectively, with a desire to change things up. Having always been around boats in California, they decided they wanted to remain in Hawai‘i and start their own charter business. “In 1997, we bought the Honu, ... Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Visit O‘ahu

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Food & Drink, Shopping, 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

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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

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

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Big Island of Hawai‘i

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

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

Maui Plane Rides’ Eric Brill Shares the Secret Wonders of Maui... One Intimate Flight at a Time

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Have you ever met someone that inspired you to follow your dreams? Or in my case, conquer my fears? That was my experience with Eric Brill. Eric is the Owner and Captain of Maui Plane Rides. I am a land hugging Maui resident, fearful of heights and flying. Or at least, I thought I was, until Eric convinced me to see my beloved Maui from the air. Eric made his way to Maui after years of piloting commercial aircraft across the globe, beginning in ... 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

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