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Big Island Dolphin Watch

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

Along with whales, dolphins could be called the ‘brainiacs’ of the marine world. Intelligent in ways that are different from humans, studies indicate dolphins are playful, quick learners and demonstrate empathy, grief and joy. Anytime you’re out in Hawai‘i’s waters, be on the lookout for our resident marine life that includes whales (in addition to seasonal Humpback whales), the endangered Green Sea turtle and Hawaiian monk seal, as well as pods of dolphins. According to the non-profit Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund that engages the community in research, education and conservation projects, ... Read More

Tee it High, Let it Fly: Golfing on the Big Island

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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

Keeping it Local with Hawai‘i’s Homegrown Businesses

Posted in: Shopping

There are many ways to uplift local culture while also pleasing tourists. Let’s look at three local businesses that accompish this successfully with both pride and aloha. Maui Divers Jewelry Founded in 1958, Maui Divers Jewelry started as an undersea touring company in Lahaina before one of their fishing expeditions discovered Hawaiian Black Coral off Moloka‘i. They soon grew to become one of the leading manufacturers of precious coral jewelry in the world. They also feature Hawaiian Heirloom jewelry with designs that honor the tradition of this uniquely Hawaiian keepsake, ... Read More

Maui-Style Souvenirs: Unique Gift Ideas for Everyone Back Home

Posted in: Food & Drink, Shopping

As your vacation winds down, you’re probably thinking about getting some keepsakes for yourself or family and friends back home. And let’s face it, sometimes a “Wish you were here!” postcard just doesn’t cut it. Whether you’re looking for apparel from local brands, unique regional treats, or local arts and crafts, we’ve got some ideas for you to consider. Choose your own pearl at Pearl Factory As “Hawai‘i’s Original Pearl-In-The-Oyster,” Pearl Factory makes your jewelry shopping experience fun and exciting. All pearls come from genuine saltwater cultured oysters. Discover Akoya, ... Read More

The Road to Hana: The Drive of a Lifetime

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Maui’s Highway 36, more commonly known as Hāna Highway or the Road to Hāna, is the start to a meandering 64-mile drive along the island’s north and west shores, with breathtaking sights and experiences not found anywhere else. One of the many waterfalls to be found along the scenic route [Photo Tor Johnson] Beginning in Kahului, the entire drive can take a full day, depending on your pace—you’ll have to take it slow with the road’s 617 turns and 56 one-lane bridges—and how often you stop—and trust me, there’s quite ... Read More

Sunshine Helicopters: Talking Story with Founder Ross Scott

Posted in: People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher “We had a great life; we rented a little house on the beach and owned a sailboat charter business. We were good. And then my son got accepted into Chapman College in California.” Chapman College can take partial credit for starting one of the most successful air tour companies in Hawai‘i, Sunshine Helicopters. Except that the founder didn’t attend the school—he just paid for it. “I was in good shape financially, except for the $28,000 a year I was going to have to come up with. ... Read More

Dive Into Maui's Seafood Spots

Posted in: Food & Drink

When you’re vacationing in the middle of the Pacific, it’s only natural that you’d want to sample some of the ocean’s bounty. Fortunately for you, Maui has some great seafood spots offering dishes cooked in familiar styles or with a unique island vibe. Grilled Fish Salad at Down the Hatch Seafood is made fun at Down the Hatch. This Lahaina eatery offers selections “Between the Buns and On Top of Tortillas,” plus appetizers, salads and “Big Plates” like macadamia nut-crusted ahi and cajun-grilled fresh catch. Enjoy locally sourced fresh fish ... Read More

Rainy Day To-Dos on Oahu

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

Rainy day? Not a problem here! We get them from time to time, especially during the ‘winter.’ But don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with a few great ideas for a day well spent indoors.   Maui Divers Jewelry Design Center If your idea of art is jewelry, why not spend part of a rainy day watching how it’s made? Maui Divers Jewelry Design Center offers a factory tour on Liona Street that’s an education in fine jewelry making. Each guest views a seven-minute video and then a guide walks ... Read More

Unique Big Island Tours

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

From busy bees to octopus, and growing vanilla to the intricacies of coffee farming, Hawai‘i Island offers many opportunities to have fun while learning about its homegrown industries.   Catch the buzz at Big Island Bees Learn what all the buzz is about at Big Island Bees. Started by Garnett and Whendi Puett in 2004 after Garnett’s stepfather initially brought the family bee business to Hawai‘i in approximately 1971, the couple has continued the family tradition as fourth-generation beekeepers. Did you know that true honey is good for your health? ... Read More

There's Lots to Do in South Kona!

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

Who knew there were so many things to see, eat and do in South Kona? From historic sites to isle beaches and downright delicious eats, the area makes for a day well spent. Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers features local, fresh and organic ingredients Anything but your typical burger joint, the philosophy behind Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers stresses three factors that make for a wholesome, authentic dining experience—local, fresh and organic. As one of the pioneers and leaders in the farm-to-table movement on the Big Island for the last 10 years, ... Read More

Destination: Hilo!

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Shopping

Quaint Hilo hangs onto its small town charm as a residential hub of shops, restaurants and services, not yet willing to turn itself over to development. We like it that way, and so do the many visitors who slow down to enjoy its treasures. Quaint, downtown Hilo [Image by Robbyn Peck / Hilo Downtown Improvement Assoc] Park and poke around—don’t miss the colorful Hilo Farmers Market at Kamehameha Avenue and Mamo Street. Hilo is also home base for edible island favorites such as Big Island Candies and Mauna Loa Macadamia ... Read More

Eating In Waikiki

Posted in: Food & Drink

After arriving on O‘ahu and checking into your accommodations, sometimes you just want to hang out in the vicinity and enjoy a casual meal. We’ve got those options for you right here! P.F. Chang’s always tries to exceed guests’ expectations The chefs at P.F. Chang’s create fresh and inventive Chinese cuisine served with island-style hospitality on a daily basis. With more than 200 locations across the U.S. and more around the globe, you might think it’s a basic chain restaurant—but then you would be wrong. “Many people don’t realize that ... Read More

Beach Bound on the Big Island

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Native Hawaiian cultural sites and modern-day beachgoers mingle at Kahalu‘u Beach Park in Keauhou. Once owned by the Bishop Estate, Kahalu‘u Beach Park was deeded to the County of Hawai‘i in 1966 and became a permanent public fixture for the enjoyment of the local community. Once home to Native Hawaiian people, both commoners and chiefs, prior to Western contact, the area still contains remnants of those days. House sites, heiau (temples) and petroglyphs are visible at or near Kahalu‘u Bay. Tiny St. Peter’s Catholic Church also stands along the shore, ... Read More

Adrenaline Rush—Big Island Style!

Posted in: Things to Do

Rapid heart rate. Sweating. Heightened senses. Rapid breathing. Decreased ability to feel pain. Increased strength and performance. Dilated pupils. Feeling jittery or nervous. These are all symptoms of an adrenaline rush. If you want to break up the vacation with a heart-pounding adventure, consider these activities:   Experience a thrill ride along the coast with Captain Zodiac Captain Zodiac will take you to explore some of Hawai‘i’s most amazing sights along the Kona Coast. The destination is Kealakekua Bay which boasts some of the best snorkeling in the state of ... Read More

Hawai‘i History, Literature and Science—All At Your Fingertips

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, The Arts

It’s important to keep the mind stimulated. That’s especially true now that most everyone is being encouraged to stay in. Sure, it’s also the perfect time to binge a season or five of that Netflix show you’ve been meaning to get to, but when you grow weary of just vegging out and want to expand your horizons with some local history, literature or marine science, we’ve got the list for you. Knowledge-seekers and students of all ages will appreciate something here. You can experience World War II via Pearl Harbor ... Read More

If I Had Just one Day on Oahu: Episode 1

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

By Gaye Sylvester Beamer My friends are coming to town and I’m excited. I’ve promised a whole day of fun. Now what? Gaye Beamer, an Account Manager with This Week, shares her ideas with us. The coast along Kahuku on O‘ahu's North Shore My “go-to” when I have one day to entertain guests is the North Shore. The appeal of this iconic coastline and the reason why so many locals have fought to “Keep the Country, Country!” is real. Our first stop is Dole Plantation to share my delicious DoleWhip ... Read More

Flumin' Kohala—Exploring the Kohala Ditch

Posted in: Things to Do

The Kohala Ditch has been called a masterpiece by some of those who, over its 110 years of existence, have explored the route from its headwaters in the high forests of the Kohala Mountains to its terminus over 20 miles away in the lowland sugar cane fields near Hawi. Hand drilled and blasted over a century ago out of solid rock deep in the canyons of Kohala, “The Ditch” brought water and prosperity to the people of Kohala. Hundreds of brave men risked their lives, and many perished, in its ... Read More

Highlights Along Kona's Ali‘i Drive

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Ali‘i Drive in historic Kailua-Kona offers visitors a coastal walk perfect by day and in the evening hours. As you can see, there’s lots to do along this stretch! A view of the seawall along Ali‘i Drive EAT: Residents and visitors have been coming and going from Oceans Sports Bar & Grill for the last 15 years, and it’s all thanks to owners Todd and Shirley Hull. “My husband and I love watching sports, and enjoy food and drinks while doing so,” says Shirley. It was the inspiration behind opening ... Read More

Destination: North Shore

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

Once you’ve driven through the town of Wahiawa on Kamehameha Highway and crossed the short bridge, you’ve entered what we call, “da country.” There are a couple of stops to make before you hit Hale‘iwa, so roll down the windows, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the ride. A calm Waimea Bay during summer One of the most popular visitor attractions in Hawai‘i, Dole Plantation is located past the small community of Wahiawā and a few miles before the surf town of Hale‘iwa. It’s a little oasis of greenery with ... Read More

A Light in the Darkness—Local Institutions Stepping Up and Doing Good

Posted in: People

We’ve been reading a lot of bad news these days. It’s true, though, that when times are tough is when you’ll often see people at their best. The same applies to businesses who will often use their resources to help out others who need a hand. Ko‘olau Distillery CEO and partner Eric Dill, distilling alcohol for hand sanitizer [Image Ko‘olau Distillery] Normally in the business of producing fine spirits that can be found in restaurants, bars and grocery stores, Maui-based Hawaii Sea Spirits and Ko‘olau Distillery on O‘ahu's Windward side ... Read More

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