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  • Editor's Picks: Quick Bites for Breakfast in Hawaiʻi

    If you’re like most people visiting Hawaiʻi, your itinerary is chock full of places to go, activities to enjoy and new things to try. And while quality dining is always enjoyable, sometimes you don’t have the time to gather the troops and enjoy a leisurely, sit-down meal before the first stop on your morning journey.Don’t worry—This Week Hawaii has got you covered.Here we’re breaking down our favorite spots on the Big Island, Kauaʻi, Maui and Oʻahu to savor a quick bite before hopping back in the car for your next adventure.Big IslandCafe 100 – Cafe 100 is a Hilo staple ...

  • Create a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Hawaiʻi

    In Hawaiʻi we hear it all the time—you’re so lucky to live in paradise. And it’s true, we’re incredibly lucky, yet oftentimes the gratitude gets lost behind the hectic schedules, grueling traffic and daily responsibilities that take up so much of our time. Thankfully, Thanksgiving comes around once a year to keep us in check and remind us of how important it is to keep gratitude top of mind, especially when frolicking “in paradise.”This Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of the important things in life. I love my home, my family, my friends and my dog! There’s beauty that surrounds us no matter ...

  • An Ode to Oʻahu Coffee Shops

    For many of us, a good day doesn’t begin without a proper cup of coffee. Getting dressed, navigating through traffic, answering emails, it’s all made twice as challenging without the glory of coffee to kick-start our brains and get our bodies moving. Whether you enjoy the biting, bitter taste of straight black coffee or opt for flavored espresso beverages, coffee lovers understand the simple pleasure of sipping that first cup.Photo courtesy of Morning Brew Hawaii For those of you who are visiting or living on Oʻahu and subsist daily off of numerous cups of coffee, this post is for you. I’m ...

  • In My Town—Gems Around Makiki

    Makiki and I go way back. Before it housed my current library, used furniture and rambunctious rescue dog, Makiki was first and foremost the town in which I grew up. In the cramped, two-bedroom apartment I shared with my parents and younger sister, we fought for our claim over the bathroom and designated spot on the two-seater sofa. When we moved into a more spacious house with my grandparents in 2011, I never would've anticipated returning to the very same apartment complex four years later, yet that's exactly what I did!Despite the heavy traffic and overcrowded housing situation, Makiki has ...

  • HIFF37 Breathes Life into Hawaiʻi's Film Scene

    When the lights dim, we settle into silence. We turn off the ringers on our phones, tuck our bags under our seats, and lean back into the cushion as we await the flashing screen and booming melodies that signal the start of a long-anticipated movie. There's nothing quite like a community gathering together to enjoy a film screening, and this year's 37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani is guaranteed to be the premier cultural event of the state. Go For Broke: An Origin Story details the life of University of Hawaiʻi ROTC students following the attack on ...

  • Relearning Gratitude

    From my apartment, I watch the rich amber clouds of dawn paint across walk-ups and low-rise condos that hug each other along the cramped streets of Makiki. I’m half-asleep, yawning, and pulled in haphazard circles by my rescue pup Sterling, yet always I try to take a moment, put down my phone, and glance up at the spectacular sights that surround me.As someone born and raised in Hawaii, I’ve fostered both a genuine appreciation for the place I live, as well as a deep understanding of the many things here I’ve taken for granted. The beautiful rainbows shrouded by clouds, ...

  • Support Your Local Beach - Kailua Beach Cleanup


    On a sleepy, Sunday morning I joined members of the Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA) group for a sweep of Kailua Beach. The YPDA focuses largely on promoting action and activism in support of a greener, safer Hawaii. 
    I met with the Secretary on the Executive Board, Will Caron of the YPDA, along with other members and scoped the beach for plastics, rubbish and other waste materials. The cleanup was tedious but beach goers made it all the worthwhile. Supportive sunbathers applauded our efforts and offered words of encouragement and gratitude. Some even joined in temporarily, which in turn, ...

  • Take Flight

    We drove over the bridge onto Ford Island.  Our car was packed. I don’t know about my friends but I was super eager to see the planes.  When I was just a kid, I used to dream of being behind the wheel of a large aircraft. Somehow that level of excitement, risk and responsibility always appealed to me. This carried on to my late teens and early adult years, taking the ASVAB for the Navy and considering going active duty.

    The guard checked our IDs and let us in. I was nearly jumping out of my seat. When we arrived ...

  • Hōkūle‘a Returns Home

    Nearly 50,000 people greeted the double-hulled Hōkūle‘a with much aloha as it entered the channel next to Magic Island.
    The return of the deep-sea voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a to Hawai‘i on June 17 holds deep meaning for Hawai‘i and the Hawaiian people, and speaks to the strong leadership of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the many volunteers who have helped along the way. Beyond the epic accomplishment of covering 60,000 nautical miles and visiting more than 150 ports, 23 countries and eight UNESCO Marine World Heritage sites during a three-year voyage, the roots of Hōkūle‘a and her mission are embedded in the ...

  • Dolphin Spotting!

    The Dolphin Star was lovely enough to invite me to explore the Pacific and take a gander at some wonderful dolphins!  At first I wasn’t sure what to expect. I hadn’t been on a dolphin tour boat in over five years since my journey to Long Beach, CA. I didn’t know if I would get seasick, but I braved it because I love the ocean - and marine life really speaks to my soul.
         
    Waianae coastine off of the Dolphin Star. Image by Editor, Fatima Abed
    It was a beautiful, hot day, as it usually is in ...

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