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Beach Bound on the Big Island

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Culture & History, Environment, Shopping, Things to Do

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: Big Island 2021, 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: Big Island 2021, 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

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Food & Drink, Shopping, Things to Do

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 SHOP: If you’re a runner or have one on your gift list, look no further than Big Island Running Company, the only running store on the island. The store is located just a short jog from the finish line of the world-renowned Ironman Triathlon. I ask Melissa Braswell, owner of the store since ... Read More

Destination: North Shore

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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

Dining & Shopping in the Time of Coronavirus: Supporting Hawai‘i's Businesses in Troubled Times

Posted in: Food & Drink, Shopping, The Arts

These are certainly strange times we’re living in. For some, being forced to stay in may feel like heaven, for others a prison. For those who are still working from home, it may just be business-as-usual, though in more comfortable attire. (I, for one, find that I can think better when working barefoot.) But let us consider those that are simply without work, their jobs or businesses shuttered. Other businesses are still managing to hang on, keeping their operations running one way or another, navigating troubled waters while still being ... Read More

One-of-a-Kind Souvenirs on the Big Island

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Shopping

Unique isle souvenirs come in many forms—jewelry, paintings, Hawaiian quilts, quality tees, Koa wood pieces, comfortable and casual apparel, and much more. You’ll find them most everywhere you go while exploring our Big Island shopping spots. Of course, you’ll want to share mementos with family and friends, but be sure to pick up something special for yourself to remember our island paradise! “Colorful, whimsical and sometimes a little off-kilter” is how artist Cindy Coats describes her artwork. “Color is as important to me and to each painting as the subject ... Read More

Do the Hilo Hop into Hilo Hattie

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher Before there was Hilo Hattie the store, there was Hilo Hattie the entertainer. Born on O‘ahu in 1901, Clarissa Haili started her career as a teacher before originating the comedy hula routine, which she’d perform for her elementary school students, long before her eventual rise to fame. Her big break came in 1936 on a cruise to Portland, Oregon. The dancer performing with the shipboard entertainment fell ill, leaving the band without anyone to do “When Hilo Hattie Does the Hula Hop.” Haili, who claimed to ... Read More

Must-Do's on the Way to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Culture & History, Environment, Food & Drink, Shopping, The Arts, Things to Do

Hawai‘i Island’s top visitor attraction is Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, but along the way you’ll find delicious treats and isle experiences that are simply too good to ignore. Punalu‘u Bake Shop is a must stop! Breathe deep and the delicious scent of freshly baked goodies will lead you to Punalu‘u Bake Shop. As America’s “Southernmost Bake Shop” located in rural Ka‘ū, this oasis is a popular landmark for visitors and residents on the way to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. “It’s a nice rest stop where people can see our sweetbread ... Read More

See Hawai‘i While Staying In: Unique Virtual Experiences for Your Vacation

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

So you get to Hawai‘i and everything’s closed. That sucks. We hear ya.  To protect the further spread of COVID-19 (aka coronavirus), the state governor and county mayors have issued orders which have effectively shut down various activities and facilities, including popular events and tourist destinations. While that can put a damper on your vacation that you’d planned for months, there are ways to still enjoy the wonders of Hawai‘i’s sites and attractions. All you need is a computer or mobile device. A Mediterranean-styled courtyard at the Honolulu Museum of ... Read More

West Side Story: Visiting O‘ahu's Leeward Coast

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

Once thought of as the “wild west,” this side of O‘ahu has fast become a destination for visitors with hotels, attractions, shopping malls and more. Regardless, one of the best things about the west side is its natural beauty, and how the sun makes its last showing each day to those living and playing along the coastline. Stunning sunset views from Ko Olina, showing daily ON THE WAY: Looking for something deliciously unique to take the edge off your hunger on your way west? Then before you get out too ... Read More

Pristine Spaces: The Natural Wonders of the Big Island of Hawai‘i

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Culture & History, Environment, Things to Do

Hawai‘i Island is a true nature lover’s paradise. Wide open spaces, ancient rainforests, historic trails, unspoiled bays and culturally significant sites dot the entire island. These are just a handful of these fragile places, but explore slowly and open up to connect with the outside. Rob Pacheco (middle) of Hawaii Forest & Trail Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park is also a Marine Life Conservation District located in South Kona. Rich in history and Hawaiian culture, it’s the site where Captain James Cook first stepped onto Hawai‘i Island in 1779. Kealakekua ... Read More

This Week Hawai‘i: Keeping You Up To Date on Hawai‘i Events and Cancelations

Posted in: Events

Due to the effects of the CORVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many local events have been canceled or postponed. We here at This Week are trying to keep up with all the changes the best we can.  We’ll be continuously updating our Events page with cancelations and/or revised dates and information as those details become available to us. We will also be maintaining an ongoing list, below, of attractions, events and ongoing activities that are canceled or otherwise affected by these circumstances.  News is happening fast, though, so even if you don't ... Read More

Exploring Oahu's East Side

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

Without a doubt, this side of the island has its share of natural beauty with a list of things to check off your to-do list. Here are a few of them: ON THE WAY:  Did you know that The Kahala Hotel & Resort is home to a family of dolphins? These ocean ambassadors live in a large naturalistic ocean-fed lagoon, and are part of Dolphin Quest’s mission to better connect people with marine mammals, other marine life and our oceans. Through educational, experiential learning programs, the human-animal bond is strengthened, ... Read More

Find Your Peace—Places of Worship on O‘ahu

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Even while on vacation, some of us feel the desire to continue our religious practices. Here are a few options to help keep you on track. Founded in 1970, Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy has been under the guidance of Pastor Alex McAngus since 1988. Where the congregation once sat on beach mats under the palm trees at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, today, the location has moved to the Diamond border of the complex where chairs and tents are set up for convenience. When asked about its mission, McAngus replies, “The Chaplaincy’s ... Read More

Tee it High, Let it Fly: Golfing on Kauai

Posted in: Kauai 2021, Things to Do

If you’re a golfer, then you already know that the Princeville Makai Golf Club is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. “National Geographic Traveler” ranked it in the top five. As a golfer, I don’t know what more to say. You need to play this course. Period. If you’re not a golfer, you can still experience the course’s beauty. Tool around in a golf cart with a glass of wine in hand, viewing local landmarks such as Hanalei Bay, Queen’s Bath, Kīlauea Lighthouse, ‘Anini Reef and ... Read More

Kihei By Night

Posted in: Food & Drink, Things to Do

By day, Maui is all about its unrivaled natural wonders, sunny, pristine beaches and unique cultural attractions. But what’s there to do at night? If you’re out on the south shore, there’s quite a bit, actually. Kihei Kalama Village may seem like a typical shopping center shopping mall by day, with it’s cool and eclectic collection of shops and eateries, but surprisingly, this shopping center houses a pretty vibrant nightlife. You can pre-game your night out by filling up on a number of cuisines like Chinese, seafood or Southern-style barbecue. ... Read More

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