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Captain Kauai

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Things to Do

His real name is Kaua’iikimaikalani (meaning little Kaua’i from the heavens), but when you take a tour on Kauai Sea Tours’ 60-foot Lucky Lady sailboat, custom designed for the Napali Coast, you can just call him “Captain Kaua’i”.  “I come from a long line of fisherman and boat people on my father’s side,” he says. “Some were captains of their own boats. I grew up hearing stories of them crossing the Ka’ie’ie Channel to Oahu. I was raised around the ocean.” “I grew up with my Aunty Sabra, who helped ... Read More

Sunshine Arts Offers a Piece of Hawaii to Take Home

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Shopping, The Arts, Things to Do

Sunshine Arts, with locations in the Kahalu’u section of Kaneohe and on the ground floor of the Waikiki Marriott, didn’t start out as a gallery representing the largest collection of Hawaii based artists in the world. No, it did not. Instead, according to Owner Jim Franklin, it started with a mat cutting machine, $20 and a borrowed credit card.  “I was playing guitar five days a week at Aloha Tower in the mid-90’s,” recalls Franklin. “One day I ran out of money, and my couch surfing friend Holly Kitaura, now ... Read More

Bring Home “Aloha” One Individually Wrapped Cookie at a Time

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Food & Drink, Shopping

Even before the world adapted to a new “normal,” Honolulu Cookie Company was individually wrapping each one of their iconic pineapple shaped cookies. Honolulu Cookie Company started in 1998 when entrepreneurs Keith and Janet Sung developed a recipe for premium shortbread cookies. As an artist, Keith wanted to develop something unique – a cookie that represented true Hawaiian hospitality. What he created was a line of island-inspired flavors in a signature pineapple shape. The recipe has been refined over the years, but always carries through that dedication to quality ingredients ... Read More

Maui Activities Update: Boss Frog’s Calypso and Malolo Offering Safe (and amazing!) Ocean Adventures

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

Opening in 1989 as a small shop at Anchor Square, Lahaina, Boss Frog’s has grown into Hawaii’s leading full-service rental business, with shops on Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.  “I came to Maui on our first catamaran, the Frogman, from Santa Barbara in 1987,” says owner Phil Kasper. “My son Chris and I lived in a garage in Lahaina. I worked on the Frogman during the day. At night, I waited tables.” From these humble beginnings came not only multiple stores on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, but ... Read More

Battleship Missouri Memorial Safely Welcomes Back Visitors to The Mighty Mo

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog, People, Things to Do

“Of Silhouettes and Ash: The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” exhibit available through February 2021 The Battleship Missouri Memorial is pleased to welcome back visitors to the Mighty Mo beginning December 16, 2020, while implementing Center for Disease Control (CDC) health guidelines for the safety of employees and guests.  Due to Hawaii state COVID restrictions, static tours will be offered at this time. The WWII Exhibit, Crew’s Room Exhibit and CEC will be closed until further notice. During this initial reopening phase, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will be open ... Read More

Old Lahaina Lu'au - Sharing Hawaiian Culture Once Again

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

The Old Lāhainā Lū’au has prepared our authentic Hawaiian lū’au to welcome back our kama’āina (residents) and malihini (visitors) beginning December 20, 2020. We anxiously await sharing our Hawaiian culture through food, entertainment and hospitality with enhanced safety protocol in our open air beach side setting. Due to our current pandemic requirements and limitations, our seating capacity has reduced significantly, so we recommend that you book your reservations soon. Visit our website for availability and details on our safety protocol at www.oldlahainaluau.com. When you are ready to travel, your ‘ohana ... Read More

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park Reopens to the Public Beginning Friday, November 6

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  Bowfin to reopen with new guidelines as health and safety take top priority Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (November 4, 2020) –The Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association is scheduled to reopen its USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park to the public on Friday, November 6, 2020 with advanced health guidelines in place for the safety of visitors. “We’ve taken advantage of the closures this year to make a number of improvements to our campus and we look forward to welcoming the public,” said Chuck Merkel, Executive Director of the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association. The ... Read More

Practice Aloha and Wear a Face Mask - Hawaii and COVID-19

Posted in: Events, Things to Do

A lot has changed since Hawaii shut down their islands to tourism in March when the Covid-19 pandemic took over our daily lives. The economic damage brought on by the pandemic and a shutdown of the state’s largest economic driver has been enormous. Hawaii currently has the highest unemployment rate in the nation and recovery will take years. Hawaii Coronavirus Success But with this hardship came success in keeping the virus from infesting the islands like it has in most parts of the United States and the world. As of ... Read More

What to Expect When You’re in Hawaii During Covid-19

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No matter where you’re coming from, you have been made aware of the common recommendations regarding the prevention of the spread of Covid-19. Hawaii is following the same coronavirus health protocols. Each island or county has its own guidelines for visitors to follow and they all vary slightly. Here are the common rules to follow for any island: Above all, please wear a mask at all times, adhere to physical distancing recommendations of 6 feet or more, avoid gathering in large groups, and practice exceptional hand hygiene. To learn more ... Read More

Hawaii Opens to Tourism, Travel Requirements for Bypassing Quarantine

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Beginning Thursday, October 15, the State of Hawaii opened its islands to visitors who follow established protocols to avoid a 14-day quarantine.  The State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels Hawai‘i program is a multilayered process designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community from trans-Pacific visitors and resident passengers arriving at airports/ports across the Islands. As part of the requirements to bypass the 14-day quarantine, visitors and returning residents must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test from one of the approved partners listed below taken within 72 hours ... Read More

What is Hawaii Uniquely Known For?

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

When you imagine a tropical paradise, Hawaii is one of the first places to come to mind. You probably picture a hammock tied up to two palm trees on the beach with a scrumptious strawberry margarita in your hand. But you can find palm trees, sandy beaches, and tasty margaritas at vacation destinations all over the world. Hawaii has all of those things and so much more. In fact, there are parts of Hawaii that you’ll only find on these specific magical islands. We’ve rounded up the top eight things ... Read More

Why Hawaii Will Be A Great Vacation Destination When Travel Re-opens

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In the last few months, our normal way of life has been completely upended by the coronavirus crisis. Schools and universities closed. We have to wear masks every time we leave our home. We can't get a haircut. We have to refrain from visiting our grandparents. The streets look like ghost towns.  While many states are ending their quarantines, we are spending extensive amounts of time in the same four walls. During times like these, it's comforting to let your mind wander to the last vacation you took. Many of ... Read More

How Long Will Hawaiian Beaches Be Closed

Posted in: Editor's Blog

The coronavirus pandemic spread across the world in early 2020 and wreaked havoc. As the virus spread from country to country, the effects were devastating. Hospitals became overwhelmed, economies shut down, travel became grounded, and borders even closed. At this time, 636,000 people have died worldwide from COVID-19.  To this day, we don’t know how long the coronavirus pandemic will last. However, Hawaii’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been swift. They immediately closed businesses and cancelled events. They quickly instituted a 14-day quarantine and careful contact tracing. To this ... Read More

Which Islands Have Active Volcanoes

Posted in: Environment

Volcanoes… The terrifying force of nature that has been the center of several historical events and box-office hits. Making a model-volcano is practically a rite of passage for young children in school. How cool would it be to see one in person? Hawaii is made of volcanoes. Literally. The islands were formed by volcanic eruptions and several are still active today. They expand the island, reshape the landscape, and are an integral part of Hawaiian culture and tourism. While not every volcano in Hawaii is still active, you can still ... Read More

Best Summer Vacation Spots on Kauai

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People vacation to each of the Hawaiian islands for different reasons. They visit the Big Island for the volcanoes and attractions, Oahu for the surfing and culture, Maui for the beaches… Kauai is a little different. Many people flock to Kauai for the natural scenery and serenity.  Aptly named the Garden Isle, Kauai is covered in lush jungles, quiet beaches, secret waterfalls, and dramatic cliffs. When looking for a Hawaiian vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the larger islands, Kauai provides a tranquil island escape. Are you planning ... Read More

Which Hawaiian Islands To Go To On Your Vacation

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When choosing a vacation destination, you can’t go wrong with choosing Hawaii. There are four major islands that make up Hawaii, including Big Island (Hawai’i), Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. Each island offers unique sides of Hawaiian culture, food, attractions, and natural beauty. When you’re ready to say aloha to adventure, you have plenty of options to choose from. Which island is the right one for you and your getaway? Keep reading to learn more about what each island offers and how that might fit your dream vacation. The Valley Isle ... Read More

Top 5 things to do on Hawai'i with Kids

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Journey into a land of sand, sun, and adventure when you visit Hawai'i. Bringing your kids to the Big Island is an opportunity for them to see a different side of the world and step into a paradise beyond their wildest imagination. We’ve rounded up our top five things to do on Hawai'i with your kids! Keep reading to learn about some must-see places and activities for your family's tropical escape. Hit The Hawaiian Beaches Have you ever seen pitch-black sand? With all the volcanic activity on the Big Island ... Read More

USS Missouri’s Captain Callaghan’s Tribute: Kamikaze Exhibit Reopens on the Battleship Missouri

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

The USS Missouri was the last, and most famous, battleship commissioned by the United States Navy. Launched on January 29, 1944, the “Mighty Mo” would see action in three wars—World War II, and the Korean and Gulf Wars. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender aboard the Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2nd. It will also mark the 75th anniversary of the first time the ship was hit by a kamikaze. Photo Credit: Naval History and Heritage Command “The attack did not get much media attention when ... Read More

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Adds ‘Dogfight’ Experience to your Day of Remembrance

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Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum sits on 441-acre Ford Island, a short bus ride from the Arizona Memorial (Pearl Harbor National Memorial). Now a National Historic Landmark, the museum hangars are quiet today, but still show the scars of war.   It’s important to budget an entire day for your Pearl Harbor experience. “What makes the museum even more of a ‘must-see’ attraction is the ‘must do’ of our new state-of-the-art 360-degree flight simulators,” says Executive Director Elissa Lines. “You can take to the sky in the Fighter Ace 360 that ... Read More

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Overview: Read Before You Go!

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites is the most popular visitor destination on O‘ahu, hosting over 1.7 million people a year, yet planning your day here can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know: USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor National Monument There are four distinct historic sites that make up Pearl Harbor: the two bookends of World War II with the USS Arizona (what most people think of when you say “Pearl Harbor,” recently renamed Pearl Harbor National Memorial) and Battleship Missouri Memorial, plus two museums detailing the air and ... Read More

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