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Battleship Missouri Memorial Returns to Full Operations Schedule Beginning Memorial Day Weekend

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The Battleship Missouri Memorial announces that it will be restoring its full operations schedule beginning Memorial Day weekend. The Mighty Mo will be open to visitors daily, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the continuation of static tours as a way to safely engage about the history, firepower and legacy of the Mighty Mo. Independent exploring of the USS Missouri is also highly encouraged. “We understand travel to Hawai‘i is still recovering, but we are excited to finally be back open to our normal operational days and hours prior to ... Read More

M.A.C. 24/7 is A Rare "Local" Dining Spot in Waikiki

Posted in: Food & Drink

For a restaurant to attract a large local following can only mean one thing. The food is so good that it’s worth the visit to Waikiki.  M.A.C. 24/7’s award-winning menu features American and local favorites with a gourmet twist, prepared with local ingredients whenever possible.  The restaurant received international acclaim when their world-famous five pound M.A.C. Daddy Pancakes were featured on Travel Channel’s “Man Vs. Food”.   “We were open during part of the pandemic with the support of our local customers” says F&B Manager Gary Manago. “That support was built ... Read More

Custom Island Tours: Right Place, Right Time

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Before Covid-19 shut down tourism, Custom Island Tours’ Carey Johnson already allowed guests to create their own tours on his five and ten passenger luxury vans. “Now our customized options are critical for a lot of people who want to tour Oahu with just their traveling party, for obvious reasons,” says Johnson. “But this isn’t something we just created for post Covid-19 travel, we’ve been operating our business this way for over eight years.”  Guests who reserve a custom island tour can select their “must stops”, choosing from Hawaiian cultural ... Read More

The History and Development of Polynesian Cultural Center

Posted in: Culture & History

While October 12, 1963 marks the official opening date of the Polynesian Cultural Center, its roots go back to the mid-1800s.  Missionaries from the Church of Latter Day Saints (popularly called Mormons) arrived in the Sandwich Islands (Hawai’i) in 1850. By 1865, the LDS Church had purchased a 6,000-acre plantation that encompasses all of Laie, home to the Polynesian Cultural Center. The LDS Temple in Laie — started in 1915 and dedicated on Thanksgiving Day 1919 — attracted more islanders from throughout the South Pacific.   In 1921, Matthew Cowley was ... Read More

Beauty and the Feast Tour: Oahu's Best Circle Island Experience

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If touring the coastline of Oahu in luxury, while sampling some of the island’s best cuisine sounds like a great way to spend a day, then look no further than Fly Shuttle & Tour’s “Beauty and the Feast Tour.” “Our most popular tour allows guests to take in the spectacular coastline and mountains of Oahu,” says President Ty Lai. “In the course of one day, you’ll witness the awesome views of Hanauma Bay and Na Pali Lookouts, stroll the charming North Shore village of Haleiwa Town, and visit the most ... Read More

Cruising the Wailua River Valley With Four Generations of Smiths

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

Sharing songs and legends of the Wailua River Valley is a family tradition. In 1946, Walter Smith, Sr. and his wife, Emily, started our family business with a small rowboat and a borrowed outboard motor. Four generations later, we continue Grandpa’s tradition of sharing our love of Kauai and its rich cultural heritage. Some activities take all day or must be reserved well in advance of your arrival- especially with Covid restrictions in place. The Wailua River Cruise is a great way to sit on a covered boat, meandering up the ... Read More

Five Fascinating Facts About the Waimea Canyon

Posted in: Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

Most first time visitors to Kauai read up on the island and Waimea Canyon, nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by none other than Mark Twain, and wonder if the moniker is an overstatement. How can a canyon on the fourth largest Hawaiian island match up to the behemoth that is the actual Grand Canyon? In some ways, specifically in regards to its size, it can’t. The length of the Grand Canyon, at 277 miles, is two and half times longer than the distance between Kauai and the neighboring ... Read More

U.S. Army Museum of Hawai’i: Five “Dis-Arming” Facts about the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai’i

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Most first time visitors to Waikiki know these two things:  that Waikiki is expensive, and  they plan to visit Pearl Harbor and learn about WWII history. What most do not know is that right in their midst is the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai’i located in Fort DeRussy Park, between Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Halekulani, right on the beach. And that it is free admission.  “We support ourselves through donations and gift shop purchases,” says Cynthia Duncan, Executive Director of the museum’s dedicated non-profit organization, the Hawai’i Army Museum ... Read More

Honolulu Museum of Arts Joyful Return

Posted in: Culture & History, Events, The Arts, Things to Do

With vaccinations in full swing and hope for a safe return to shared experiences on the horizon, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents a museum-wide spring exhibition titled Joyful Return, opening April 17. Joyful Return consists of six outdoor pop-up installations and one in-gallery installation across the museum, each a mix of unexpected, interactive and evolving elements brought to life by the community. “Our first exhibition of 2021 begins with a warm invitation to our community to join us in a year-long celebration of getting back to our joyful pursuits ... Read More

Mother's Day Shopping at Honolulu Cookie Company

Posted in: Shopping

Take care of your Mother’s Day shopping while on vacation this year-with the perfect sweet gifts for mom available at Honolulu Cookie Company.  Honolulu Cookie Company’s Floral Collection for Mother’s Day will sweeten her day with the gift of premium shortbread cookies. Beautifully designed, their Floral Collection is inspired by the flowers of Hawaii and is sure to add that special sweet touch to Mom’s day. Visit a Honolulu Cookie Company while you’re here and choose from the following:    Floral Tote (6 cookies, 3 flavors)   Carry your cookies in style! Featuring some ... Read More

Big Island Trivia

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Culture & History

Hawai‘i Island is better known as the “Big Island” in honor of its relative size. It’s also because Hawai‘i Island shares its name with the entire state, which can be very confusing to those less familiar with the islands. Hawai‘i Island is in fact one of the most unique land masses on the planet. Consider:   -While it is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it is also the youngest, with estimates ranging from 400,000-800,000 years. (Kauai, the oldest island, by contrast, is estimated to be five million years old!)   ... Read More

Polynesian Luau's Under the Stars: Oahi Entertainment

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Things to Do

Laniakea-An Umekes Luau features a traditional Polynesian Revue focusing on our cousins across the sea. 'Oahi takes you on a journey starting right here in Hawaii, then traveling across the Pacific ocean to the place of our ancestor's origin, Tahiti. There the story of Pele, the Goddess of fire and lava, begins. Throughout the night, you will be greeted by our cousins from Aotearoa, New Zealand, and of course Samoa, with the siva afi, or fireknife performance. The spectacular show is accompanied by Big Island's Best Seafood and Poke by ... Read More

Hawaii Trivia: Test Your Knowledge!

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Culture & History, Environment, Kauai 2021

Hawai‘i is such a fascinating place with tons of facts and tidbits to glean. How well do you think you know the islands? We put together some trivia questions so you can put your knowledge to the test, and maybe even impress your friends and family with your HIIQ (Hawai‘i Intelligence Quotient). The answers are down below—no cheating!.  Got your thinking caps secured? Okay, then. Get ready, get set... GO!   1.  The Hawaiian islands are the projecting tops of one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. How ... Read More

Kailani Tours’ Chris Paterson Talks Lava Tubes, Steam Vents and Waterfalls

Posted in: Big Island 2021, People, Things to Do

Some businesses are started when someone sees a void in the market. Such was the case with Kailani Tours’ Chris Paterson.  “ I had worked as a Mauna Kea tour guide, and then as a concierge at a five-star resort,” says Paterson. “I had trouble recommending tour companies to our guests. Most were large bus operators who sold on price rather than service. I saw an opportunity to create a five-star resort tour experience.”  Kailani Tours was borne out of Paterson’s mission to “become the best, most personalized tour company ... Read More

Go to the Extreme Ziplining at Climbworks Keana Farms

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Rapid heart rate. Sweating. Heightened senses. Shallow breathing. Decreased ability to feel pain. Increased strength and performance. Dilated pupils. Feeling jittery or nervous.  These are all symptoms of an adrenaline rush. Even in Hawai‘i, where people come ostensibly to relax, there are ways to get the ol’ heart racing if you so choose. At Climb Works Keana Farms you’ll get to experience the best zipline course on Oahu. There are eight side-by-side zipline runs, designed so you can see the North Shore’s famous beaches, farms and lush mountains with the ... Read More

Checking in With Alison “Bo” Tanaka of Tanaka of Tokyo

Posted in: Food & Drink, People

I last talked to Alison “Bo” Tanaka in early 2020 when I interviewed her for the story, “A Night Out At Tanaka of Tokyo” that was published in our This Week Oahu magazine and on this website:   https://www.thisweekhawaii.com/articles/160/night-out-tanaka-tokyo/  At the time, the corporate general manager was excited about their new Ohana Waikiki East by Outrigger restaurant, their third in Waikiki. In hindsight, a quote from that story seems like good planning now: “We’re very proud of our new Ohana East location,” she said then. “It’s the only location that has ... Read More

Ocean Adventure Kona Style: Diving In With Owner Alika McGuire

Posted in: Big Island 2021

“Our job is to help people have fun.” For Kona Style Snorkel and Sail Owner Alika McGuire, that’s really what the boat tour business boils down to.  “It’s what I continuously preach to my team,” he says, “because everyone works very hard behind the scenes. Our customers don’t see the background work. They just experience the boat ride. I remind my team members to look at their job through the lens of our guests. The guests are probably thinking, ’man, these people have great jobs.’ And you know what? They ... Read More

Hilton Hawaiian Village Resumes the Waikiki Starlight Luau, Now on the Beachfront Great Lawn

Posted in: Events, Things to Do

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is proud to announce the return of its Waikiki Starlight Luau. The luau will now take place on the beachfront Great Lawn at the resort and will be offered every Friday, beginning March 5. “We’re very pleased to start our luau again, which has become a memorable part of many vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village,” said Jeffrey Yedlin, hotel manager of the resort. “Our Waikiki Starlight Luau performers with Tihati Productions and our Team Members are excited about this reopening. The new location on the ... Read More

Tee it High, Let it Fly: Golfing on the Big Island

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Things to Do

If you’re a golfer, then you pretty much HAVE to golf while you’re here. If you totally get that, then you need to read on because we’re going to give you three great golf options on the Kona side that welcome visiting slicers, hackers and golf pros with friendly rates and aloha service. Makani Golf Club's signature 17th hole Makani is the Hawaiian word for “wind.” But when you first take in the 150 acres off Māmalohoa Highway near the turnoff from Saddle Road, you could be excused for thinking ... Read More

15 Hilarious Questions Hawai‘i’s Tourists Really Ask

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Culture & History, Environment, Kauai 2021

Repeat after me: There’s no such thing as a stupid question.  While some questions may give us pause, the only way we ever learn anything is by asking, right? Those who work in the visitor industry get pelted with questions of all sorts. They’re thrilled that people want to learn so much about their surroundings and the activities they’re taking part in, but some questions can and do make us here in Hawai‘i chuckle. It’s certainly no different than when a Hawai‘i resident visits the U.S. mainland or another country ... Read More

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