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Christmas in Hawai‘i: 5 Reasons to Celebrate Island Style

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

  Visitors want to know: how does Hawai‘i celebrate Christmas? What do Christmas parades and other holiday traditions look like? Christmas in Hawai‘i Reality is sometimes even better than imagination...especially after you glimpse Santa in a Hawaiian shirt! We have put together a list of reasons why we cherish the holiday season here on the islands.  Continue reading, and you might get some ideas for your next Hawai‘i family vacation! First Thing’s First: Trade the SNOW for the SAND! The holidays in Hawai‘i are not defined by snow, sleigh rides, ... Read More

No Meat? No Problem! Best Vegetarian and Vegan Options on Oahu (that will still satisfy the carnivores in your life)

Posted in: Food & Drink

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Being vegetarian or vegan is a lifestyle that doesn’t just end when you travel. But finding satisfying options (i.e. something more than just a salad bar) in an unfamiliar state or country can sometimes be challenging. Moreso if you’re traveling with meat eaters.True, these days most dining establishments offer vegetarian options alongside their “regular” menu items. But if you want to step outside the safe zone and try some places that are perhaps under-the-radar and that satisfy both non-meat eaters as well as the carnivores ... Read More

The Best Beaches for Snorkeling on Maui

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director It is the dream to someday find yourself in the clear, warm waters of Hawai‘i snorkeling with the abundance of sea life that the Pacific has to offer. Maui has some of the best snorkel spots in the islands and we are here to steer you in the right direction. Here is a short list of a few of our favorite spots. Honolua BayAfter an easy, short trek through the beautiful jungle on the Northwestern end of Maui, you’ll reach the scenic bay of ... Read More

Whale Watching Season on Maui: The Humpbacks' Annual Return is a Joy to Behold

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Whale season on Maui is like Christmas at Disneyland, even for us locals. We look forward to the announcement we receive every year that the first whale has been spotted, marking the start of the season. This year, Pacific Whale Foundation spotted our first whale on October 8th a few miles north from Molokini. And just like that it was like Christmas decorations hit the shelves and we’re preparing for the big event when all the whales arrive.The Humpbacks of Hawaii were officially delisted ... Read More

Best Mexican Food on O’ahu: Three Great “Holes in the Wall”

Posted in: Food & Drink

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher Hawai’i has become a “foodie” town over the last 15 years or so, but Mexican food is not represented at the same level as other island specialties. In fact, as a native Southern California kid who grew up on Mexican food, I will go out of my way to find great Mexican. Here are three places on different parts on O’ahu worth tracking down: Maria Bonita, Chinatown15 N. Hotel St.Mexican food in Chinatown, you say? Actually Chinatown is a know “foodie” haven, with restaurants ... Read More

Best Places to Eat in Lahaina

Posted in: Food & Drink

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director People travel from all over the world to come to Maui and see sites like Haleakala, drive the road to Hana or snorkel in the clear blue waters of Honolua Bay. But outside of the beauty Maui has to offer, it also has some ono grindz. In mainlander terms, really good food! The west side of Maui has some of the best. Captain Jack's Island Grill Captain Jack’s is one of our favorite spots for happy hour.  Not only do they have a killer ... Read More

Concierge of the Year: Talking with Hawai‘i's Jenny Nobriga, Expedia Local Expert

Posted in: People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher Update: Expedia Local Experts closed in Hawaii in January, 2021 Con-cierge- A noun of Latin and French origin denoting an employee whose job is to assist guests by arranging tours, making theater and restaurant reservations, etc. What person, in their right mind, doesn’t appreciate the services of a concierge, especially when planning activities while vacationing in paradise for the first (or second or third) time? Consider me right-minded. So having a free afternoon and morning while visiting Maui for business recently, I made a ... Read More

Convenience Is As Simple As ABC Stores: An Interview with Paul Kosasa

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Kauai 2021, People, Shopping

 By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher My first question to ABC Stores President and CEO Paul Kosasa is about “convenience” because that’s the best word I can come up with to describe an ABC Store, even though it feels so inadequate. “Well, it IS convenience, but not in the American vision,” says Kosasa, son of founders Sidney and Minnie Kosasa. “It’s more like a mini department store; very disciplined, clean, with products never out of place.”  Yeah, that’s it. it? If I had a dollar for every time a visitor ... Read More

Best Deals on Maui Activities Brought to You by This Week

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Shopping, Things to Do

by Kent Coules, This Week Publisher   Visiting Maui is expensive. If you’ve already made your reservations, you know that. Maui has the highest lodging prices of any Hawaiian island, and that’s saying something. So when visiting the Valley Isle, you might enjoy some budgetary relief by trimming costs here and there. It’s not only easier on the wallet, it might make it easier for you to stay in that much needed relaxed frame of mind. If that sounds like a plan, then read on for money saving tips (many ... Read More

Best Deals on Oahu Activities Brought to You by This Week

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

 by Kent Coules, This Week Publisher   Visiting Hawaii can be expensive. Take it from someone who lives here.  That should not discourage you from visiting, however. Read on for money saving tips (many courtesy of This Week Oahu) as well as a few of our choice recommendations. If you’re into Pacific Island culture, then you’re going to want to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center. There are no free admissions to this landmark attraction, but if you book directly through them at or calling 808-293-3451, you can get a ... Read More

Hiking on the Big Island: A Chat with Hawaii Forest & Trail Founder Rob Pacheco

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

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher Rob Pacheco hikes for a living. I could have said, “Rob Pacheco gazes at stars for a living.” Or, “Rob Pacheco studies Big Island birds for a living.” In fact he does all of these things, and thousands of Hawai‘i visitors are the better for it. When Pacheco arrived on the Big Island in 1990 to take a job as a beekeeper, the Northern California native did not know he would settle here permanently. “I would go to school, travel, go broke, and go ... Read More

Five Best Oahu Beaches

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor The Hawaiian islands are naturally surrounded by water, so by default, Hawaiʻi is surround by beaches. Which is the best? To be honest, they’re ALL beautiful in their own way, but here are the 5 we think are the best on Oʻahu. In no particular order: Lanikai Beach, Windward Oʻahu: It once had a reputation as a low key, “secret” beach, but Lanikai is now probably the worst kept secret on the island. While relatively inaccessible compared to its neighbor, Kailua Beach, Lanikai is frequented by ... Read More

Horseback Riding on Kauai: Horsin’ Around with CJM Stables' Joyce Miranda

Posted in: Kauai 2021, People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher "We want our guests to slow down and be in the present when they ride with us.”     It looks like Joyce Miranda will be taking some of her own advice. Following the 19th Annual Kōloa Plantation Days Rodeo that took place July 20-22 on her family’s ranch, the 70-year-old owner of CJM Stables is riding away from the event’s organizing responsibilities and enjoying a well-deserved break (that is, until next year’s rodeo rolls into town).     In an effort to lasso Joyce for ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Under the Sea on Atlantis Adventures' Eco-Friendly Submarines

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

Who hasn’t wanted to explore the ocean deep in a submarine? What visitor to Hawai‘i doesn’t want to experience the magic of tropical marine life? With Atlantis Submarines in Waikīkī, on Maui and Hawai‘i Island, island guests and locals alike can do both at the same time.Atlantis encounters with Pacific Ocean wonders may have never happened if founder and president of Atlantis Submarines International, Inc. Dennis Hurd, had not come up with an amazing idea. Hurd wanted to design a unique passenger submarine that could show guests amazing underwater marine ... Read More

Snorkeling on Maui: Snorkel Bob's Robert Wintner: Tale of a Reef Warrior

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

When locals think of the evolution of Snorkel Bob’s, they think of the revolutionary equipment the company designs and engineers. They think of the quirky, iconic ads starring “Snorkel Dog” and “Catfish” that helped launch the brand. But what makes Snorkel Bob’s an integral part of the island ‘ohana (family), is their relentless pursuit of “reef justice.” Founder Robert Wintner—entrepreneur, author, photographer and conservationist—and his Snorkel Bob Foundation have propelled pivotal efforts to preserve the very reefs that millions of island guests enjoy each year. Maui, for instance, has been 100 ... Read More

To Do on Kauai: Anaina Hou Community Park: A Gift for All to Enjoy

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

Every Hawaiian Island has a nickname. Oʻahu is known as “The Gathering Place.” Kaua‘i, also known as the “Garden Isle,” boasts a new gathering place of its own. Anaina Hou Community Park, which means “A New Gathering Place” in Hawaiian, offers a beautiful 30-acre community complex where visitors and locals alike can come together to play. Anaina Hou was the vision of Bill Porter, co-founder of eTrade, who moved to Kaua‘i in 2004 with his wife Joan. After purchasing the property in Kīlauea, they asked the community how they could ... Read More

The Unsinkable Maggie Brown: The Story of Body Glove Cruises and its President

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

Some people seem to have a professional destiny, usually borne of family pedigree. Maggie Brown, President of Body Glove Cruises, is one such person.Brown’s great-great uncle, Captain Asa Meade Simpson, founded Simpson Shipyard in North Bend, Oregon, in 1855. Her brother owns Sea and Go Boating magazines and produces boat shows in Newport Beach, California. “I learned how to swim when I was two years old," she said, “and ever since then I’ve been passionate about anything that has to do with the ocean.”Growing up on the Long Beach, California ... Read More

Rainy Day fun on O‘ahu

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Shopping, Things to Do

Rolling blue waves, sandy shores, brilliant sunshine, palm trees swaying gently overhead. These are usually the first images that spring to mind when dreaming of a Hawaiʻi vacation. But what happens when you pull back the curtains of your windows to find gray clouds and darkening skies? Like it or not, Hawaiʻi sees its fair share of rainy days, from mild passing showers to more torrential weather. But if you only have a few days in paradise, you can’t (and shouldn’t) spend every one of them waiting around for the ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Five Activities on WIndward Oahu

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

Driving along the H-3, Likelike or Pali, you can’t miss it—the lush, picturesque mountain range bathed in an early morning light, or shrouded by low-hanging clouds from a passing storm. Sometimes it’s decorated in ribbons of waterfalls; other times, it’s beautifully green and shimmering under the bright sun. The Koʻolau mountain range is verdant and unique, as synonymous with the island of Oʻahu as the craterous Diamond Head and historic Pearl Harbor. Yet aside from keeping their eyes peeled for its unmatched beauty, visitors tend not to explore the surrounding area ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Activities in West Oahu

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

Welcome to the Gathering Place, Hawaiʻi’s home to two-thirds of the state’s population and the state capitol of Honolulu. When most people think of Oʻahu, they probably think of busy Waikīkī, massive North Shore swells, the lush Koʻolau mountain range and the bustling city scene. What they may not realize, however, is that Oʻahu is a diverse place with many unique neighborhoods and landscapes. Consider heading west during your next trip to Oʻahu. You won’t believe the charming sights you’ll see on your drive there. The best part? Your destination is ... Read More

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