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  • 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 ...

  • A Whale of a Time aboard Star of Honolulu

    Boasting an enormous size of up to 50 tons and often stretching as long as 45 feet, Humpback whales are truly one of the world’s most impressive marine mammals. And at the peak of whale watch season in Hawaiʻi, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to spot Humpback whales with our friends aboard Star of Honolulu!There's nothing more incredible than watching a whale breach! Photo courtesy of Star of Honolulu.Every winter, thousands of Humpback whales migrate from frigid Alaska to Hawaiʻi’s warm waters to mate, give birth, nurse their young and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Hawaiʻi’s temperate weather conditions make ...

  • Happy 25th Anniversary to Duke’s Waikiki!

    Last week we had the pleasure of spending #AlohaFriday down at Duke’s Waikiki. An iconic Oʻahu dining and pau hana joint for visitors and locals alike, Duke’s is known for its scrumptious menu items, enchanting live music, breathtaking ocean views...and Hula Pie, of course! So we definitely couldn’t pass up the chance to celebrate Duke’s 25th anniversary at its gorgeous beachside locations.Photo courtesy of HTA/Daeja FarisDuke’s is named after the late Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian swimmer and surf legend known widely as the “king of the ocean.” Since 2007, Duke’s has been serving up delicious island-inspired fare, from huli huli chicken ...

  • Hiking in Paradise: Puʻu Pia Trail

    When in Mānoa, expect mud.This was my mindset going into Puʻu Pia, a brisk, two-mile hike through verdant Mānoa Valley. Sure enough, I awoke just before sunrise to the sound of light rain tapping on my windows and thickening clouds rolling in overhead. It’s tough to time this hike because morning showers are inevitable in Mānoa Valley, and trudging through a damp, muddy trail isn’t my favorite way to tackle a hike. Thankfully a good hour after sunrise the clouds billowed past the valley’s rolling hills, and my friends and I were cleared to begin the hike.    Signs like these ...

  • Hiking in Paradise: Makapuʻu Lighthouse Trail

    I began tackling my New Year’s resolution a few days early. Since resolving to make my health and fitness more of a priority in 2017, I found myself jogging more and taking lunchtime strolls, yet still not making enough time for weekend hikes. Though I’m not a big resolutions person, I felt determined to set some personal goals to groom my hiking dexterity and explore new trails in the new year.I started by taking advantage of the extra-long Near Year weekend and rising early for a tranquil Makapuʻu walk on the Friday before New Year’s Eve. Makapuʻu Lighthouse Trail marks Oʻahu’s ...

  • Six Hawaiʻi Customs to Make Your New Year Unforgettable

    There’s no place like home for the holidays and, lucky for us, home means rolling mountain ranges, big wave surf and a rich history steeped in many cultural traditions. Influenced by Japanese, Chinese and Hawaiian customs, Hawaiʻi is the perfect melting pot in which to welcome 2018. And, with many traditions practiced in the hopes of bringing about good fortune in the year to come, how can you go wrong? Let’s face it—we could all use a little good luck this year.This week we’re taking a look at some of the cultural traditions that have shaped the Hawaiʻi we know ...

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