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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

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

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

USS Bowfin Welcomes Visitors To New Campus

Posted in: Things to Do

2020 was a very busy year for the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, even though it was closed to the public for much of it.    “We took advantage of the closures in 2020 to make a number of improvements to our campus and have been delighted by the response since we opened in November,” says Chuck Merkel, Executive Director of the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association.    The improvements include new interpretive signs for all of the outside exhibits, an outdoor play area for children, and the addition ... Read More

Traveling to the Big Island during Covid: Why Now Through May is the Best Time to Go!

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

There are so many questions surrounding travel right now. Is it safe to travel? How hard is it to deal with all the safety and testing requirements? Will it be worth it when I get to the destination? The answers are: -We can’t provide that answer. That’s your call. However, we will tell you that when you get to Hawaii Island (Big Island) you’ll be in a place that has an extraordinarily low Covid-19 case count relative to the rest of the United States. In the two days prior to ... Read More

Traveling to Hawaii During Covid: Now Through May is the Time!

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

Living in Hawaii watching the news of massive winter storms, severe cold and power outages across the country, I have a confession to make: we’ve been feeling the cold here too. That’s because the temperatures have been dropping into the 60’s at night (brrrr…) and residents are seen in the morning wearing their winter jackets, sweaters and closed toed shoes. Of course, by late morning we’re back to our usual mid to high 70’s and beach life returns to normal. If you’re reading this from a place with sub-freezing weather ... Read More

The Polynesian Cultural Center Ready to Welcome Back Guests Safely

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

With a brand-new year comes new beginnings and, at long last, a time to welcome our guests back safely to our One Place Like No Other. The Polynesian Cultural Center is looking forward to opening its doors to visitors again beginning January 18, while fully implementing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health guidelines for the safety of both its employees and guests. During this initial reopening phase, the Center will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. The Center’s adjoining Hukilau Marketplace will be ... Read More

Captain Kauai

Posted in: 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: 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: Food & Drink, Shopping

Updated on 3-17-2021 Lemon is back! Kick-off the freshness of spring with the return of our refreshing Lemon Collection. Indulge in familiar favorites with Lemon and White Chocolate Lemon flavored premium shortbread cookies. A citrus zest baked in shortbread sweetness and coated in creamy white chocolate, the limited-edition Collection makes the perfect self-treat or gifts for the Lemon lovers in your life.      Honolulu Cookie Company’s 2021 Lemon Collection returns March 3, 2021 online and in-stores, while supplies last!   ******* Even before the world adapted to a new “normal,” Honolulu Cookie Company was individually wrapping ... Read More

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

Posted in: 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, 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

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

  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

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