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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

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

Posted in: Things to Do

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:  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 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 it means “spectacular ... Read More

15 Hilarious Questions Hawai‘i’s Tourists Really Ask

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

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

Ten Things that Make Hawai'i the Most Unique State in the Country

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher ʻIolani Palace Hawaiʻi has the only royal palaces on American soil. ʻIolani Palace, in Honolulu, is the site of the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani. Those familiar with Hawaii’s history can argue persuasively that Hawaiʻi is NOT legally United States territory, but that’s a story for another time.   Weather Honolulu is the only major U.S. city where the average high temperature is in the 80’s—TWELVE MONTHS A YEAR!   Caffeine Junkies Rejoice Hawaiʻi is the only state that grows coffee commercially. Hawaiʻi’s rich, volcanic soil ... Read More

Big Island on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Environment, Food & Drink, Things to Do

It’s no secret that a trip to Hawaiʻi can seriously rack up the bill. After all, it pays to spend time in paradise! From dining decisions to pricey attractions, an island vacation can bring up some serious questions about the best way to spend your savings. This Week Hawaii is making it easy for you to experience paradise on a budget. Read on for popular things to do on the Big Island for not a lot of cash. Sample Kona Coffee on a farm tour – The Big Island is known ... Read More

Big Island Real Estate Market: Byron Matthews Helps Visitors Find Paradise One Home at a Time

Posted in: Big Island 2021, People

Byron Matthews has been a Realtor on the Big Island for 13 years, and has never seen a market like this one. “Prices have risen 10-20% just in the last quarter on the East side of the island,” he says. “My listings are snapped up as soon as they go on the market.” I ask Matthews why. “I think it has a lot to do with Covid. More than half my buyers are coming from off the island right now. Many are coming from Oahu, as well as Washington, Oregon ... Read More

Day Trippin' on the North Shore

Posted in: Environment, Food & Drink, People, Shopping, Things to Do

  The Perfect Time to Visit! The world-famous North Shore of Oahu, known for its huge winter swells, iconic surfing beaches and laid-back culture, had an “admission price” for visitors in the form of overcrowding pre-Covid-19.  As you read this story now, you are in the fortunate position to be visiting our island at a time where the North Shore can be experienced in a way that turns back time by fifty years.    “While it hasn’t been good for our local economy, the slower pace on the North Shore is ... Read More

Island Masterpiece

Posted in: The Arts, Things to Do

When one thinks of Paris, the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay comes to mind. In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art. In Honolulu, one thinks of…beaches? Hawaii may be an unexpected locale for a world-class art museum, but here’s where “the best small museum in the country” is located, according to former Director of the National Gallery J. Carter Brown. “The Honolulu Museum of Art’spermanent collection of artworks is truly a gem, on par with some of the most prestigious museums in the world,” says Museum Director Halona Norton-Westbrook. “That’s ... Read More

Welcome Back, We Missed You!

Posted in: People, Things to Do

Since March 26, when all the islands of Hawai’i shut down to non-essential travel, we’ve missed you, our guests. A lot has changed since we last hosted visitors to our islands.  Like the rest of the world, we’ve battled the Covid-19 pandemic with mixed results. The initial shutdown was successful in keeping the case counts low, but the economic impact was more devastating than any other state in the U.S.  Hawai’i relies heavily on tourism. Thousands of people were suddenly unemployed when hotels, tours, activities, restaurants and bars were all ... Read More

Right Place, Right Time

Posted in: Things to Do

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

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