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15 Hilarious Questions Hawai‘i’s Tourists Really Ask

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

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

Five Reasons You Should NOT Visit Hawai‘i on Your Next Vacation

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

  Listen, we get it. Choosing a vacation destination is tough. So many places, so little time. Hawai‘i complicates that decision even more because deciding to vacation here is only step one—you still have to decide which island(s) to visit! What to do, what to do? We thought it would be a good public service to offer you five great reasons why Hawai‘i should not be on your list of vacation options. If, after reading this article, you still want to come then check out some of our articles to ... Read More

Alternate Routes: The Pali is closed? Consider Kalaniana‘ole Highway.

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor So, you may have heard that the Pali Highway is closed until at least August. While there’s limited access during rush hours, for the most part, this vital—and scenic—artery connecting Honolulu to the Windward side of the island is off limits. Don’t fret, though. If you were planning a circle island drive or a jaunt over to Kailua-side, you can still get there through a few other routes. Likelike Highway is probably the least-disruptive as it runs basically parallel to the Pali. H-3 also works ... Read More

Five Reasons to Wait Before Booking Activities on Your Hawai‘i Vacation

Posted in: Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Americans are obsessed with planning. We plan everything—our careers, our retirement, our kid’s birthday parties—so why is it that when you ask someone what they’re doing over the weekend, they seem genuinely happy when they reply “Nothing”? If you’re the type who has to map out everything and gets anxious when things don’t quite go as intended, let me offer you this personal tale: My Favorite Hawai‘i Vacation Memory Was A Happy Accident Prior to moving to Hawai‘i, in 2011, my family was vacationing on Maui. ... Read More

Five Fascinating Facts About the Giant Manta Rays of Hawai‘i

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher One of the most popular activities on the Big Island of Hawaii is nighttime swimming with giant manta rays. These giant “birds of the ocean” can awe the most experienced scuba diver and strike fear in the more cautious novice. If you’re thinking about viewing these amazing creatures up close in their feeding habitat, here’s five fascinating things you’ll want to know before sliding off the side of a boat:   1.  By giant, we mean giant. Giant manta rays have wingspans that can reach as large ... Read More

Chartering Ocean Fun in Kona: Talking Story with Kamanu Charters' president, John Senn

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher What do Nicholas Cage, “Laverne” the Tiger Shark, King Kamehameha’s canoes and an intimidating Hawaiian monk seal all have in common? They’ve all been on or rubbed up against John and Beth Senn’s 36-foot catamaran, the Kamanu.  John and Beth arrived in Hawai‘i after careers in auto mechanics and restaurant management respectively, with a desire to change things up. Having always been around boats in California, they decided they wanted to remain in Hawai‘i and start their own charter business. “In 1997, we bought the Honu, ... Read More

The Wonders of the Ni‘ihau Shell Lei Necklace: Talking with Liz Cope of The Hawaiian Trading Post

Posted in: Culture & History, People, Shopping

By Kent Coules, Publisher Long before The Hawaiian Trading Post’s Liz Cope imported her first Ni‘ihau shell lei necklace to her Koloa store in 1984, she knew many of the artists. Cope moved to the west side of Kaua‘i at age seven from Oah‘u, the daughter of a NASA engineer. “Ni‘ihau children attended Kekaha Elementary School on the Westside with me”, Cope explains. “They would go back and forth. To this day, I do business with artists I grew up with.” Not too many people can say they “grew up ... Read More

Hawaii Trivia: Test Your Knowledge!

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment

Hawai‘i is such a fascinating place with tons of facts and tidbits to glean. How well do you think you know the islands? We put together some trivia questions so you can put your knowledge to the test, and maybe even impress your friends and family with your HIIQ (Hawai‘i Intelligence Quotient). The answers are down below—no cheating!.  Got your thinking caps secured? Okay, then. Get ready, get set... GO!   1.  The Hawaiian islands are the projecting tops of one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. How ... Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Visit O‘ahu

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher O‘ahu, known as “The Gathering Place” is home to the State Capitol, Honolulu. It is where the royal family settled following the consolidation of Hawai‘i into one kingdom in 1810. There is something to be said for that. They could have settled anywhere; they chose Honolulu O‘ahu is the second oldest and third largest island in the chain and is home to the majority of the state’s population When considering which island is the best fit for your next vacation, here are ten reasons why O‘ahu ... Read More

'The King of Kaua‘i': Kaua‘i Museum’s Executive Director Shares His Love of Island History

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher Americans are obsessed with royalty—British royalty. Visitors to Kaua‘i have an opportunity to learn the rich, fascinating and controversial history of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i’s royal families. At the Kaua‘i Museum in Līhu‘e, that includes a special emphasis on Kaua‘i’s King Kaumuali‘i, who ruled over Hawai‘i’s last independent state from King Kamehameha II until he was abducted in 1821. “King Kaumuali‘i is the star here,” says Kaua‘i Museum Executive Director Chucky Boy Chock. “He is the biggest difference between us and other island museums.” "Long before ... Read More

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

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, 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

Information. Inspiration. Action. Dan Lutkenhouse Plans to Change the World One Visitor at a TIme

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher “I see kids in the parking lot moping when they get here, not wanting to go to a garden, and beaming like they just went to Disneyland when they leave.” So says Dan Lutkenhouse Jr., steward of the Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden. The garden is marking its 40th anniversary this year by committing to “creating a living experience that everyone can benefit from.” The garden was created through the untiring efforts of one man, Dan Lutkenhouse Sr., who discovered Onomea Valley while on vacation with his ... Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Big Island of Hawai‘i

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher Deciding to vacation in Hawai‘i is an easy choice for many as evidenced by the nearly 10 million people who visited in 2018. What is not so easy is deciding which island to visit. In this article, we provide 10 reasons why (and 10 types of people for whom) the Big Island might be the perfect choice for your first or next visit. 1.  For the Volcanologists Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, home to Kīlauea Volcano, is the most visited site in the entire state, hosting over ... Read More

Maui Plane Rides’ Eric Brill Shares the Secret Wonders of Maui... One Intimate Flight at a Time

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Have you ever met someone that inspired you to follow your dreams? Or in my case, conquer my fears? That was my experience with Eric Brill. Eric is the Owner and Captain of Maui Plane Rides. I am a land hugging Maui resident, fearful of heights and flying. Or at least, I thought I was, until Eric convinced me to see my beloved Maui from the air. Eric made his way to Maui after years of piloting commercial aircraft across the globe, beginning in ... Read More

Which Hawaiian Island Should I Visit?

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher Hawai‘i is home to 137 islands and atolls. Eight of these islands are considered the “main” islands, and only six of them are legitimate tourist destinations. Ni‘ihau, the “Forbidden Island,” is owned by the Robinson family and access is strictly limited to native Hawaiians. Less than 200 people call Ni‘ihau home. Kaho‘olawe is the smallest of the eight main volcanic islands. During World War II, Kaho‘olawe was used as a training ground and bombing range by the Armed Forces of the United States. After decades of ... Read More

Nā Pali Coast: Five Fun Facts Nā Pali Riders Wants You to Know About Kauai's Nā Pali Coast

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

By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher The Nā Pali Coast of Kauaʻi is a spectacular sculpture of nature, created by a dramatic geological collision of tectonic plates resulting in huge volcanic eruptions and finished by millions of years of erosion via wind and water. Nā Pali Riders has been providing guests with an up-close view of the entire 17-mile coastline for over 20 years in Zodiac boats that are small enough to enter some of the world’s most beautiful sea caves but large enough to provide the most comfortable ride ... Read More

Touring Crazy Shirts' Headquarters

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog, Shopping

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Have you ever wanted to work in a treehouse surrounded by cool toys? Well, Crazy Shirts’ headquarters in Halawa isn’t that, buuuuut it kinda sorta is. A few of us from This Week were lucky enough to be granted a tour of the Crazy Shirts facility, and I gotta say, this is easily one of the coolest offices I’ve ever seen. Built in 1983, the entire structure is made from wood, making it stand out from the neighborhood’s other more warehouse-y type buildings. As we ... Read More

Seven Things Holo Holo Charters Wants You to Know About Humpback Whales

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Koholã, Hawaiian for Humpback whales, are seen regularly off the coasts of Hawai‘i from December through April, although occasional sightings can occur from mid-October through early June. You can experience incredible acrobatic displays by these gentle giants who migrate over 3,000 miles to visit Hawai‘i’s warm waters to breed, calve and nurse their young. Humpback whales are inquisitive and will often approach boats, giving tour operators like Holo Holo Charters on Kaua‘i a chance to wow guests with spectacular demonstrations of some of breaching, blows, head rises, and ... Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Activities on Oahu's Leeward Side

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor With most of O‘ahu’s tourist accommodations centralized in and around Waikīkī, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole island out there to explore. Yes, the North Shore rightfully gets a lot of attention, as do some other areas outside the urban core, but the west side of O‘ahu—also called the Leeward side—often gets overlooked by tourists and yes, even locals. So what is there to do on O‘ahu’s west side? Glad you asked! While there’s plenty to say about their snorkeling adventures, dining, shopping, ... Read More

The Aloha of Hawai‘i’s Own Crazy Shirts: A Conversation with President Scott Maroney

Posted in: Environment, Events, People, Shopping

  By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher “A life is not important except in the impact it has on others.”-Jackie Robinson  No sport matches baseball when it comes to inspirational life quotes. Crazy Shirts President Scott Maroney must have absorbed some of these lessons growing up as a promising player in Southern California. “I played baseball from a very young age,” says Maroney. “I was drafted by the Angels as a left fielder right out of high school.” Just before leaving home for his first stop in the Angels’ minor league ... Read More

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