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

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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

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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

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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!)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Spam Musubi: Why this Hawai‘i Treat is the Perfect Food

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor GET IN MAH BELLY! What fits in the palm of your hand, is easy to eat while on-the-go, can serve as either a snack or a meal, is inexpensive and is oh-so-delicious? Okay, in all fairness, a lot of food items fit the description—anything from fruits to Pop-Tarts—but there’s one that is uniquely a product of Hawai‘i. I’m talking, of course, about the ever-popular Spam musubi. Take some white rice, pack it into a brick shape, place a slice of Spam upon it, wrap it ... Read More

Geeking Out in Hawai‘i: How to Get Your Geek On During Your Visit

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Once upon a time, “geek” meant the opposite of cool. If you read comic books or played Dungeons & Dragons, if you enjoyed math or science or had a hobby outside “the norm,” you were often the target of ridicule and shunned by the popular crowd. Today? Media inspired by comics and games is big business, geeks like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have inherited the world, and everyone from Hollywood to your grandma is in on the action. Geeky passions run deep and they ... Read More

Best Vegetarian and Vegan Options on Maui

Posted in: Food & Drink

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Apple bananas and star fruit are a couple of the local items seen in this colorful array Calling all veggie lovers! Not too long ago, we covered vegetarian and vegan options on O‘ahu, but Maui has no shortage of choices for healthy eating. I’m here to give you the low down on all the hot spots for you veggie loving, non-meat eaters located here on the Valley Isle:   Alchemy Maui157 Kupuohi St., Lahaina Not only do they have amazing vegetarian and vegan options ... Read More

Treasure Hunts on Maui Provide Land-Based Fun For This Week Maui Readers

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By Kent Coules, Publisher Have you seen me? This Week Maui’s Sales Director, Lauren LaDoux, didn’t know she would be “Chief Treasure Hunt Officer” when she joined the visitor magazine in 2017, but now it’s part of her job description and she loves it. “We thought it would be a fun way to engage with our readers and provide an adventure the whole family can participate in as they tour places they’re visiting anyway,” LaDoux says. “Winning a gift certificate for being the first to find the ‘This Week Pineapple’ ... Read More

Going Out on O‘ahu: The Charms of Honolulu's Chinatown

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor “Going out” means different things to different people. Varying factors include age, location, and whether or not there are children in the picture, among other things. In Hawai‘i, going out can mean club hopping in Waikīkī or just cruising with “the guys” in someone’s carport with some poke and a cooler full of beer. Going out can mean dinner with your significant other, night fishing with family, sushi for one at your favorite hole in the wall, Friday night fireworks off of Magic Island, or ... Read More

Hawai‘i Shark Facts: What a Local Wants You to Know

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher selachophobia: Noun. An irrational fear or dislike of sharks. If you’re coming to Hawai‘i, want to snorkel with family and friends but are terrified of sharks, then this story is for you. I’ve looked at a ton of stories online about sharks, and sharks in Hawai‘i, but there’s something missing when it comes to these articles. They’ll talk about the 40 or so shark species in Hawaiian waters, the four most common species, and the astronomical odds against being a victim of an attack. What’s missing ... Read More

Nā Pali Coast: Three Things That Make Kauai's Nā Pali Coast (and Na Pali Riders) a World Class Experience

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

  According to Na Pali Riders Captain Chris Turner—known to his guests as Captain Chris—there are three attractions on the Nā Pali Coast that make it special: Caves, cliffs and marine life. The number one attraction is the spectacular sea caves. The dramatic arches and caves are lit up by summer’s brilliant sun rays, lighting the crystal clear water into shades of electric blue. The caves were formed by the relentless pounding of the winter Hawaiian surf, sometimes reaching 40 feet in height. One of the spectacular sea caves you ... Read More

Helicopters, Sharks and Maui: The Unique Passions of Maverick Helicopters’ Brad Blucher

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By Kent Coules, Publisher “I saw ‘Jaws’ when I was 10 years old. From that point forward I was petrified of sharks.” So says Maverick Helicopters’ Chief Pilot Brad Blucher. “It wasn’t just that I was afraid to swim in the ocean. You couldn’t keep me in a swimming pool.” Fast forward a few years and Blucher is skydiving out of C-130 military cargo planes, chasing 33-foot gunboats. He also parachuted out of the massive fliers as a Special Warfare Combat Crewman in the United States Navy. “SWCCs, or ‘Swics’, ... Read More

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