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  • Something Delicious: TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie

    A warm, soothing bowl of udon: this is the comfort food I grew up with. Whether I was kicking a cold or fighting a stomach bug, nothing cured my ailments quite like a large, slurp-able serving of Japanese udon, a rich noodle soup where the thick wheat flour noodles are stars of the show.Mentai Caviar Udon, one of the many udon variations offered at TsuruTonTan.Lucky for me, I’ve spent most of my life in Hawaiʻi, where Japanese restaurants serving the classic Kitsune Udon are in near abundance. But what happens when a restaurant hailing from Japan and specializing in this iconic noodle ...

  • Celebrating Kamehameha the Great

    Kamehameha the Great (1758?-1819) is one of the most significant figures in Hawaiʻi’s history. As the first ruler of the enduring Kamehameha Dynasty, Kamehameha the Great’s rise to power was prophesied even before his birth, and fulfilled by his historic and incomparable reign. PC: Tor Johnson.Following his unprecedented move of the enormous Naha Stone, Kamehameha was sent to Hawai‘i Island’s North Kohala District where, in accordance with ancient Polynesian customs, he was raised in seclusion and received training by his uncle Kalaniʻōpuʻu befitting of a high-ranking Hawaiian aliʻi (chief). Through lessons in navigation, warfare, oral history and culture, Kamehameha was ...

  • Rock-A-Hula Showcases Hawaiʻi Talent in New Show

    Since its Hawaiʻi launch six years ago, Rock-A-Hula has evolved from a big stage concert experience to a unique fusion of Las Vegas sparkle and Polynesian culture. Now, in an effort to integrate more Hawaiian elements into the existing show, Rock-A-Hula has announced that local talent will join its already dazzling lineup, starting with internationally acclaimed Hirie. This Week Hawaii recently had the pleasure of attending an exclusive media event, where we were treated to a delicious lūʻau buffet, gracious service and a memorable show in the heart of Waikīkī.While Rock-A-Hula is already one of my favorite live shows in ...

  • Five Earth Day Celebrations in Hawaiʻi

    Every April, people around the world recognize Earth Day, a time to promote awareness, education and understanding of the biggest challenges and struggles facing our environment and delicate ecosystem. From the first Earth Day in 1970 until today, we have made great strides in building an environmental movement, but there is still so much more work to be done to protect our oceans, lands and animals.   From the mountains to the sea, beauty surrounds us in Hawaiʻi nei.If you’re in Hawaiʻi for Earth Day (and the days that follow), you’re in luck, because there are so many events and volunteer ...

  • Seven Events to Kick Start your Spring in Hawaiʻi

    Spring is one of the most bustling seasons in Hawaiʻi. Sure we get our fair share of rainy days, stifling humidity and—close your eyes—crawling cockroaches (yikes!), but spring also brings with it some of the most popular and well-attended events across the islands. Whether you’re looking to watch internationally acclaimed films or sample food you’ve never heard of before, Hawaiʻi in the spring truly has it all.Don’t believe us? Here are seven can’t-miss spring events on Oʻahu, Big Island, Maui and Kauaʻi:1. Watch celebrated films from across the globeHosted at Regal Dole Cannery Theatres on Oʻahu, the 21st Annual HIFF ...

  • Hawaiian and Pacific Rim Cultures Unite at the 24th Annual Honolulu Festival

    Every March, the ever-popular Honolulu Festival on Oʻahu invites visitors and locals alike to experience a weekend of moving, educational and fun events around the hub of Waikīkī. Last Friday we had the pleasure of attending the Friendship Gala to kick off the Festival’s 24th year.While we waited for the Exhibition Hall doors to open, we learned about the history of the Honolulu Festival through a linear timeline display.Hosted in the grand Hawaii Convention Center, the Friendship Gala is all about bringing divergent cultures together in one space, a space devoted to fostering friendship and goodwill. And what better ways ...

  • Hiking in Paradise: Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

    Tucked away in East Oʻahu, Wiliwilinui Ridge is one of three advanced hikes you’ll find along the Koʻolau Summit Trail, and arguably the most accessible. Unlike Hawaiʻi Loa Ridge (steep inclines) or Kuliʻouʻou Ridge (a challenging push to the summit), Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail seems to have struck a balance between challenging and manageable—a balance for which a somewhat novice hiker like myself is always searching.Before you take a single step onto the trail, you’ll need to work through the parking situation. The trail head is located at the peak of the Waiʻalae Ike subdivision, a private neighborhood that requires permission ...

  • A Taste of Hawaiʻi

    You can learn a great deal about the culture and heritage of a new travel destination from the food locals are eating. A state or country’s cuisine is often inspired by the people who inhabit it, those who pour their hearts and souls into the land and shape the way it’s perceived. And as one of the most diverse melting pots in the world, Hawaiʻi boasts a gourmet spread of unique delicacies influenced by Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino and Portuguese cultures, just to name a few.Authentic Hawaiian food is flavorful, colorful and oh so delicious!If you’re a first-time Hawaiʻi ...

  • Ka Moana Lūʻau Heats Up East Oʻahu

    East Oʻahu is home to pristine, sandy beaches, spectacular lookouts, delicious dining…and a lūʻau! Premiering January 2, Ka Moana is Sea Life Park’s revamped lūʻau, and my very first authentic Hawaiian lūʻau experience. The This Week team had the privilege of checking out Ka Moana during its exclusive grand opening event, and let us tell you—it does not disappoint.Receiving a warm welcome from our friends at Sea Life Park! Photo courtesy of Sea Life Park. Sea Life Park partners with Malu Productions to make the magic happen. Hosted in the Park’s beautiful Makapuʻu Meadows, Ka Moana (translated as “the ocean”) features ...

  • My Backyard: Exploring Wahiawā

    Welcome to a series highlighting neighborhoods and communities on O‘ahu!
    The town of Wahiawā, centrally located in O‘ahu’s piko, or belly button in Hawaiian, is referred to as the “Gateway to the North Shore.” It’s a place to stop for gas or grab a quick bite, but if you’ve heard the phrase, “The joy is in the journey, not the destination,” then Wahiawā is part of that journey.
    Right: A gravel pathway meanders through a portion of the Wahiawa Botanical Garden.Left: The unusual and unique jade plant.

    Wahiawa Botanical GardenOne of the popular places to explore is the 27-acre Wahiawa Botanical ...

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