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NorthShore Zipline Company: Zipping Down the Up Country

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

by Savannah Coules, Guest Contributor If you’re seeking an adventure—one that’s surrounded by nature, with a bit of World War II history mixed in—then NorthShore Zipline on Maui should be on your must-do list.  The Hai‘kū adventure park offers beautiful views from impressive heights. The staff is friendly and adaptable, looking to provide a safe, educational experience for the whole group while treating each customer as an individual. My group included a couple of surly teenagers and wary, self-proclaimed acrophobes (that’s someone afraid of heights), and everyone left happy. It’s a ... Read More

The Capitol District: Home of Hawai‘i’s Government Landmarks

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

By Fern Gavelek Neighborhoods like Chinatown and Waikīkī tend to get all the attention, but if youʻre into history and cool architecture, Honoluluʻs Captiol District is certainly worth checking out. Located in Downtown Honolulu, the Capitol District boasts architectural treasures with fascinating histories. Metered parking is available at the Frank Fasi Municipal Building lot on the left-hand corner of King and Alapa‘i Streets. TheBus offers several routes to the area.   Hawai‘i State Capitol415 S. Beretania St., between Richards and Punchbowl Sts. Marking its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Hawai‘i State ... Read More

CLIMB Works: How a Zipline Adventure Perpetuates a North Shore Lifestyle

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher When Aaron Campbell bought Keana Farms with a partner over 13 years ago, ziplining wasn’t even on his radar. “We bought the land to create affordable housing. For a number of reasons that were beyond our control we had to back off from that goal.” Having been raised on the North Shore since he was a little boy, Campbell’s mission was still to use the land to help the local community. “I loved the fact that the 450 acres was a working farm that delivered a ... Read More

O‘ahu’s Gold Coast: A Getaway from Waikīkī Located in Waikīkī

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor If you’re not feeling up to the hustle and bustle of Waikīkī, but accommodations on the North Shore or out on the Westside feel a bit *too* far away from everything, might I suggest… Waikīkī? Or rather, a stretch of beach known as the Gold Coast. It's still technically Waikīkī, but it's removed enough from the action to feel almost like a different island. Waikīkī and beyond, as viewed from the Gold Coast My significant other and I stumbled upon this area quite by accident. ... Read More

Must See Attractions: Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Keeps History Alive

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

By Fern Gavelek A visit to O‘ahu isn’t complete without time spent at Pearl Harbor’s landmarks. There are four distinct historic sites: the two bookends of WWII with the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri Memorials, plus museums detailing the air and submarine war efforts. A great starting point is the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, gateway to all four sites. A Pleasant Hawaii tour can take the hassle out of securing tickets and coordinating tour times among sites.  Pearl Harbor National Memorial: USS Arizona Memorial An aerial perspective of the USS ... Read More

October is Filipinx American History Month! Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats Celebrates With New Halo Halo Flavors!

Posted in: Culture & History, Food & Drink

  One of the wonderful things about Hawai‘i is the diverse makeup of its residents. In addition to Native Hawaiians, Hawai‘i has become home to immigrants from a wealth of nations including China, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Micronesia, and countless other regions. Their foods and traditions all contribute to what we consider local culture.  Filipinos make up a large segment of the local population, and they get their own month to shine in October, which is Filipinx American History Month (FAHM). The Filipino Community Center and Filipino-American Historical Society ... Read More

Don't Miss These Waikīkī Landmarks: A Rich History Along America's Most Famous Beach

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

  By Fern Gavelek Legendary Waikīkī Beach is home to two historic hotels — and you don’t have to check in to check them out! Free public tours are available at both properties and they each have been beautifully restored. Another popular landmark is the Duke Kahanamoku Statue, which stands sentinel right on the beach and is often adorned with lei, especially during the annual Duke’s OceanFest.     Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa Known as the “First Lady of Waikīkī,” the Moana opened in 1901 as Waikīkī's first, sizeable ... Read More

What's Going On at Mauna Kea? A Visitors Guide to the Current Standoff

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor You may have seen the marchers pass by your hotel or driven by sign-wavers along the side of the road. Maybe you even had plans to visit the summit of Mauna Kea that had to be scrapped because of the road closure. Mauna Kea is all over the news and social media, and a hot topic of conversation here and abroad. Even celebrities like Bruno Mars and The Rock are chiming in and visiting the site. The reason for all this buzz  is because of ... Read More

Honouliuli: Shining a Spotlight on Our Country's Forgotten History

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor The Honouliuli Education Center, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i One of Hawai‘i’s most precious assets is its rich and diverse history. Local culture, as we know it today, is comprised of many of the traditions of Native Hawaiians melded with contributions from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Puerto Rican and Portuguese immigrants, along with influences from the greater Pacific Rim, the mainland U.S., Europe and beyond. Sadly, while there is much to celebrate, there is also a darker element to local history that is ... Read More

Waimea Valley: The Many Facets of the North Shore's Hidden Treasure

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor A taro patch, just one of the many culturally significant collections of flora found in the valley This weekend we took a drive up to O‘ahu’s North Shore and visited Waimea Vally. I last visited this site about 20 years—and at least two landowners owners—ago. In fact, it’s been so long that I can’t really remember much about how it was back then compared to how it is today. What I can tell you is that the Waimea Valley of today is a more than ... Read More

Planning Your Maui Vacation: Five Must Do Activities on Maui

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

Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. With so many exciting and unique things to do here in the islands, it can be hard to decide what’s worth doing and way too easy to overlook some winners. No worries, we got you! Here are a few must-do activities on Maui that we think you should add to your bucket list, just so you can check them off when you get here! Attend a Lūau Experience Hawaiian culture at an authentic lūau [Photo courtesy Old Lahaina Luau] A luau is more than ... Read More

Hula in Hilo: The 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Hula Kahiko performance [Courtesy Merrie Monarch Festival] A journey undertaken by ancient ancestors, the love between a man and woman, the gentle sway of palm trees beneath the light of a full moon...these are just some of the stories told through the art of hula. With no written language prior to western contact, the Hawaiian people used this revered art form to pass down the myths, legends and history of their people. Dancers trained rigorously and performances were taken seriously. As of April 21 and through April 27, hula hālau (hula ... 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

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

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

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

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