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2019 Waikiki Spam Jam: Celebrating a Canned Delicacy While Helping Those in Need

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Events, Food & Drink, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Which Spam variety is your favorite? Who doesn’t love food? Who doesn’t love a street festival? Put them together and you’ve got a street festival celebrating one of the most perfect foods around. I’m talking, of course, about Waikiki Spam Jam, taking place this Saturday, April 27, along Kalākaua Avenue. Hawai‘i has a special love for this canned meat, dating back to its introduction to the islands during WW II. Since then, Spam has become a staple of local households and cuisine, having adapted itself ... Read More

Hawai‘i Trivia: Test Your Knowledge With These Ten Questions About Kaua‘i

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

A view of Kaua‘i's breathtaking Waimea Canyon   Let’s face it. Hawai‘i is downright fascinating. It’s the most isolated land mass, with the world’s tallest mountain (measured from the ocean floor), and the most active volcano, and that’s just three off the top of our heads! (Read more about Hawai‘i’s unique characteristics here). Now its time to test your knowledge of Kaua‘i. Let’s see how you do with these ten questions:   1.  Kaua‘i’s nickname is: a) The Emerald Isle b) The Garden Isle c) The Orchid Isle d) The ... Read More

Hawai‘i Trivia: Test Your Knowledge With These Five Questions About Maui

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

  The serene slopes of Haleakalā Maui is known for being one of the best islands in the world to visit. It has amazing beaches, boasts world-class hotels, golf courses and restaurants, and hosts approximately 4,000 migrating humpback whales every year. Let’s see how much you know about Maui by taking this five-question quiz:   1. There are 132 islands in the Hawaiian chain. By size, Maui is the: a) Largest b) Second largest c) Third largest d) Sixth largest   2. Haleakalā is a mountain volcano rising 10,023 feet ... Read More

Camp Maui: Where History Meets Adventure

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Camp Maui in its heyday Not many people know this, but O‘ahu isn’t the only island where you can find historical landmarks from World War II. Maui has it’s own little gem up in the North Shore called Camp Maui. Camp Maui’s owner, Derek Hoyte is a history buff who combined his love of adventure with his love of history and started North Shore Zipline which is located on the camp. Camp Maui's rich history will excite any enthusiast. The property was the home base and ... Read More

Hawai‘i Trivia: Five Questions About USS Battleship Missouri

Posted in: Culture & History

The "Mighty Mo" in action The USS Missouri was the last, and most famous, battleship commissioned by the United States Navy. Construction of the USS Missouri began in a Brooklyn shipyard with a keel-laying ceremony on January 6, 1941. The ship launched on January 29, 1944 and was commissioned on June 11, 1944. The Missouri would see action in three wars—World War II, the Korean War and the Gulf War. The battleship—affectionately called the “Mighty Mo”—was decommissioned for the final time on March 31, 1992 and became part of Pearl Harbor Historic Sites on ... Read More

Hiding in Plain Sight: Hawai‘i's History is All Around Us

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Downtown Hilo wears its history on its sleeve, and that's part of its charm. Hawai‘i’s rich history is all around us, even if we’re not looking for it. From landmark tourist attractions to innocuous, yet suspiciously mainland-sounding street names, our day-to-day interactions are steeped in the past. When tourists and locals conceptualize Hawai‘i’s history, there are some obvious touchstones that may come to mind: culturally significant sites like Mauna Kea or an ancient heiau (shrine), ‘Iolani Palace, Pearl Harbor or the older parts of towns ... Read More

Imagination Reality: Making Children's Birthdays Memorable for Maui's Visitors and Locals

Posted in: Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Imagine a fairy tale princess hosting your little one's birthday party! If birthdays are special, then celebrating a birthday in paradise should be magical, right? But how do you make a birthday on the Valley Isle even more magical? I would have said that you can’t—that was until I met Marissa Gander, the owner of Imagination Reality. Marissa and her team of princesses and superheroes spread a little fairy dust to make children’s dreams come to life, one party at a time. When I first ... Read More

Kaua‘i Visitors Pledge Online to Holo Holo (Travel) Responsibly

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

By Kent Coules, Publisher Holo Holo Charters' Pono Pledge aims to address the impacts of destination travel Kaua‘i is a special place, and many tour and activity companies feel a kuleana (responsibility) to the ʻāina (land) when sharing it with their guests. Holo Holo Charters, a 20-year-old, locally-owned boat tour company, understands the impact destination travel can have on the environment both economically and experientially, so they proactively created an online “Pono (righteous) Pledge” encouraging all passengers to complete before they actually set sail on their Kaua‘i ocean adventure. The pledge brings more than ... Read More

Honolulu Museum of Art: Honolulu's Surprising Not-So-Secret Hideaway

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor The Chinese Courtyard, one of the beautiful open-air spaces at HoMA We’ve all got that super secret place that we like to think no one knows about except you—it could be that hole in the wall with super-cheap drinks, a municipal lot with tons of parking, or that plate lunch place with free, unlimited wi-fi. The people who do know understand the power of the knowledge they hold and will guard their secret closely. Put another way, if you know, you know, and if you ... Read More

Sharing the Aloha: When Name Brands Jump from the Mainland to Hawai‘i and Vice Versa

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Being the most isolated island chain in the world has many, many ups, there are some downs, too. Among them is missing out on some of the shops and restaurants that the mainland takes for granted. I can’t tell you how many locals long for brands like IKEA, Chipotle and Olive Garden to make their way here to the islands. If and when our favorites do arrive, it’s a cause for celebration. It was a huge deal when Costco opened in Hawai‘i back in 1988, ... Read More

Hawaii Water Sports Center: All Your Aquatic Fun In One Spot

Posted in: People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Hawaii Water Sports Center's activities take place in scenic Koko Marina and Maunalua Bay When Cormac O’Carroll took over Hawaii Water Sports Center 20 years ago, they offered one activity: water skiing. Since then they’ve expanded to parasailing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, snorkel, scuba and banana boat and bumper tube tows. “The business was already 26 years old when I took it over,” says O’Carroll. “We’ve slowly added more activities so that we’re a one-stop shop for visitors’ recreational water fun. That’s probably why our three ride ... Read More

Hawai‘i Trivia: Ten Questions About The Pearl Harbor Attack from Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

A legendary P-40 with the historic Ford Island Field Control Tower in the background [photo Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum] Ford Island, now a National Historic Landmark, is quiet today but it still shows the scars of war. In developing the master plan in the 1990s, the Navy consulted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. The Navy agreed to protect several historic buildings and nearby grounds. However, preserving these artifacts is outside the Navy’s primary mission, so an innovative method for adaptive reuse and preservation was ... Read More

Snorkeling O‘ahu: Five Beaches that are Great for Snorkeling (and the Different Reasons Why!)

Posted in: Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Haunauma Bay's unique ecosystem makes for a wonderful snorkeling experience O‘ahu is known for its amazing beaches, and probably boasts more beaches per linear mile than any other island. Some, like Waimea Bay and Sandy’s, are known for their waves. Others are known for their snorkeling. Here are my personal favorites, for different reasons. Three Tables, North Shore:Three Tables has a wide variety of fish due to the vary depths of the water. The beach slopes at a steep angle into the ocean so you’ll encounter ... Read More

Hawai‘i's Theatre Scene Shines Bright This Weekend and Beyond

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor 'Watcher of Waipuna' at Kumu Kahua Theatre [Photo by Chris Kwock] While Hawai‘i is often heralded for its food scene, and some attention is given to its local music scene, you hear very little about its theatre scene. Which is a shame, because Hawai‘i’s theatre scene is vibrant and unique, and worthy of our attention. Once upon a time, Hawai‘i theatre felt limited to stagings of popular Broadway musicals, like “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera.” There's nothing wrong with those, but why support a ... Read More

Be a Traveler, Not a Tourist: Respect and Restraint Should Still Be Practiced While on Vacation

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor The ruins of Kaniakapūpū circa 2010 The editorial team here at This Week has a phrase we like to whip out now and then: “Be a traveler, not a tourist.” It can mean different things to different people, but the gist is this: When you visit a place, whether a sacred historical site, a beach, a restaurant or even a friend’s house, tread lightly and with respect. It’s not yours, after all, so treat it well. Sadly, sometimes visitors to Hawai‘i don’t practice this concept, ... Read More

Hawai‘i's Farmers' Markets: So Much More Than Just Produce

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Lychee and avocados and dragon fruit—oh my! [Photo: Zach Villanueva] When I first moved to my current neighborhood, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was a weekly farmers’ market just two blocks away. There are so many reasons why this excited me, but let me run down a few reasons. Produce: Lots and lots of produce! If fruits and vegetables are a regular part of your diet (as they should be), then the farmers’ markets are the place for you. If you’re trying to eat ... Read More

Tiki in Hawai‘i: Love It Or Hate It, The Tiki Aesthetic Lives On

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog, Food & Drink, The Arts

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Photo: La Mariana Sailing Club Tiki. Love it or hate it, the imagery of this unique style permeates our thoughts of old Hawai‘i and what some people think the islands were, are, and/or supposed to be. The mere mention of the word ‘tiki’ evokes images of tacky aloha shirts, grass skirts and plastic lei while strumming on a cheap, toy ‘ukulele. Throw in a carved wooden representation of an indeterminate deity and a colorful rum cocktail with an umbrella or another prop sticking out of it and, ... Read More

Free, Accessible and Right Under Our Noses: An Appreciation for Hawai‘i’s Parks and Beaches

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

By Richard Melendez "Going out" doesn’t always mean going out. It can just mean going out. Okay, okay, what I’m trying to say is that going out doesn’t need to mean heading out to a restaurant or event. It could just mean stepping outside to enjoy the sun and fresh air. Not only is Hawai‘i a paradise like no other with more than enough in natural wonderment to keep us both enthralled and appreciative; Hawai‘i also does a great job of keeping its beauty accessible and enjoyable by all. Think ... Read More

Hawaiiana and Beyond: O‘ahu’s Vintage Shops Reveal History and Tickle Nostalgia

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor A selection of vintage Aloha shirts at Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts [Photo Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts] Hawai‘i is well known for its shopping opportunities—from Waikiki’s luxury stores to its kitschy souvenirs, from big-box outlets to small pop-ups by local artisans. But for some, shopping isn’t all about hunting down the hottest brands or trendy designs. Sometimes, a little trip into the way-back machine is in order. Hawai‘i’s unique history and isolated locale make it a great spot for seeking out vintage goods. Visit ... Read More

The Honolulu Zoo: Birth of Baby Bongo Antelope Highlights Importance of Our Zoos

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Yesterday’s announcement that a baby bongo antelope was recently born at the Honolulu Zoo got me thinking about what a great resource our zoo is. If you hadn’t heard, the Honolulu Zoo’s two eastern lowland bongo antelope, Topenga (the mom) and Cory (the dad), gave birth to an as-yet-unnamed calf who is pretty darn adorable. See? Sheʻs adorable, right?? There are currently an estimated 28,000 bongo antelope existing in the wild, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has categorized them as “near ... Read More

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