Categories:

Stories

There's so much to learn about this tropical paradise we call Hawai'i. Start your journey today by reading more about what makes this place so special.

What is Hawaii Uniquely Known For?

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

When you imagine a tropical paradise, Hawaii is one of the first places to come to mind. You probably picture a hammock tied up to two palm trees on the beach with a scrumptious strawberry margarita in your hand. But you can find palm trees, sandy beaches, and tasty margaritas at vacation destinations all over the world. Hawaii has all of those things and so much more. In fact, there are parts of Hawaii that you’ll only find on these specific magical islands. We’ve rounded up the top eight things ... Read More

USS Missouri’s Captain Callaghan’s Tribute: Kamikaze Exhibit Reopens on the Battleship Missouri

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

The USS Missouri was the last, and most famous, battleship commissioned by the United States Navy. Launched on January 29, 1944, the “Mighty Mo” would see action in three wars—World War II, and the Korean and Gulf Wars. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender aboard the Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2nd. It will also mark the 75th anniversary of the first time the ship was hit by a kamikaze. Photo Credit: Naval History and Heritage Command “The attack did not get much media attention when ... Read More

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Adds ‘Dogfight’ Experience to your Day of Remembrance

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum sits on 441-acre Ford Island, a short bus ride from the Arizona Memorial (Pearl Harbor National Memorial). Now a National Historic Landmark, the museum hangars are quiet today, but still show the scars of war.   It’s important to budget an entire day for your Pearl Harbor experience. “What makes the museum even more of a ‘must-see’ attraction is the ‘must do’ of our new state-of-the-art 360-degree flight simulators,” says Executive Director Elissa Lines. “You can take to the sky in the Fighter Ace 360 that ... Read More

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Overview: Read Before You Go!

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites is the most popular visitor destination on O‘ahu, hosting over 1.7 million people a year, yet planning your day here can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know: USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor National Monument There are four distinct historic sites that make up Pearl Harbor: the two bookends of World War II with the USS Arizona (what most people think of when you say “Pearl Harbor,” recently renamed Pearl Harbor National Memorial) and Battleship Missouri Memorial, plus two museums detailing the air and ... Read More

More Hawai‘i Themed Virtual Activities to do While Social Distancing

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

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve written about activities you can do while you’re stuck at home #socialdistancing, from the educational to the entertaining, and other unique virtual experiences. Now, we’ve got even more for you to check out while staying in, including aquarium visits, walking tours and music playlists! Though they're temporarily closed to the public, the Waikīkī Aquarium still has experiences to share online Waikīkī Aquarium, long known as a pillar of education, conservation and just inspiring awe and wonder, still continues its mission despite not being physically open ... Read More

Changes are Afoot at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Changes are afoot for this museum situated next to the Pearl Harbor National Monument. Plan for a return later in the year to see the improvements. The USS Bowfin at sunset [Photo courtesy USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park] Submarines were America’s ultimate stealth weapon during WWII sinking more than 5.5 million tons of enemy shipping. Docked at Pearl Harbor, the USS Bowfin (SS-287) served with distinction. The museum is currently undergoing a major improvement, but the submarine, gift shop and food service is still open to visitors. Don’t miss ... Read More

Your Own Private Film Festival: Movies to Stream During Hawai‘i's Stay-At-Home Order (or Whenever!)

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

  Social distancing doesn’t mean Friday nights at the movies are a total bust. If you need a break from Netflix’s offerings (or your family), here are some cinematic options for you! From local productions to local movie houses, we've got you covered: The award-winning 'Mauka to Makai' and other short films are available for stream via HIFF The Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) had to cancel their Spring Showcase this year, but that doesn’t mean that we’re totally without film fest-worthy fare to enjoy. At the beginning of the ... Read More

Honoring a King—Kamehameha Day Celebrations on O‘ahu

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

By Fern Gavelek   King Kamehameha Celebration Lei Draping Ceremony [Photo by Sarah Yamanaka]   Background on Kamehameha I On June 11 each year, the state honors Hawai‘i’s first king—Kamehameha I (1758?-1819). Born in the Kohala district of Hawai‘i Island, Pai‘ea was destined for greatness as Halley’s Comet is said to have shot across the sky the night he was born. A great warrior, diplomat and leader, Kamehameha is credited with uniting the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom. His war tactics have been studied by the Pentagon and his likeness ... Read More

Experience a Bounty of Delights at a Maui Lu‘au

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

The bountiful food and lively Polynesian performances of today’s lu‘au have their roots in a proclamation by King Kamehameha II that abolished a long-standing tradition that men and women eat separately. The 1819 feast where the King ate with women was a symbolic act that ended the religious taboo and is considered the first lu‘au. The lu‘au got its name from the most popular food item at the feast, chicken and young tender leaves or taro baked with coconut milk. ‘Aha‘aina Wailea, A Grand Wailea Luau The royal lū‘au of ... 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

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

Beach Bound on the Big Island

Posted in: 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

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

Do the Hilo Hop into Hilo Hattie

Posted in: Culture & History, 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: 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: 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

Exploring O‘ahu'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

Plan Your Trip

Book Your Vacation

Book Your Vacation

Plan your own idyllic getaway with the Hawaii travel experts. Our partner, Pleasant Holidays, has created unforgettable vacations to the Hawaiian Islands for more than half a century, and can help you with all your travel arrangements.

Book now

Book Your Activities

Experience Your Hawaii

Enhance your vacation with activities and experience the very best of the islands. From helicopter flights to snorkeling adventures, from luaus to eco-tours, Pleasant Activities has hundreds of engaging activities that will catch your fancy.

Book now!

Follow Us

Follow Hawaii's #1 visitor guide magazine for the latest happenings! Hashtag #thisweekhawaii to be featured on our page!

Follow Us On Instagram Follow Us On Facebook