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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

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

A Must-Do for Book Lovers: The 72nd Annual Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Booksale

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor and Bibliopile Books, books and more books at the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Booksale at McKinley High School Over 150,000 individual books, in more than 70 different categories, with about 15,000 shoppers passing through over the course of nine days. If this sounds like a big, epic deal, that’s because it is. I’m talking about the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Annual Booksale at McKinley High School. Now in its 72nd year, this megalithic shopping event is a dream for both casual ... Read More

Working Vacations: Getting Stuff Done While Enjoying Paradise

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Editor's tip: If you have to work while you're here, then pick a spot with a view, refreshments or both. It’s a sad reality that many people who visit Hawai‘i are here for work, not play. Our esteemed Hawai‘i Convention Center along with our islands’ numerous hotels host countless conventions, expos and trade shows that draw people from all over the world to our beautiful island chain. That’s not to mention the assorted salespeople, dignitaries and other travelers who visit for a variety of other ... 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

The Hamburger Steak Plate: The Familiar as a Gateway to the Unfamiliar

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Food & Drink

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor The classic hamburger steak plate, in all its gravy-licious glory I’ve previously sung the praises of the iconic Spam musubi, and anyone who knows me knows that I’m a fan of food in general. Hawai‘i’s unique melding of diverse cultures and traditions makes for a fascinating culinary landscape that food-lovers can revel in. When I first moved to Hawai‘i oh-so-many years ago, I admit that I was intimidated by the local food choices. Sushi and Japanese food, in general, hadn’t yet reached the masses, the ... 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

Buses, Bikes or Boots: Getting Around O‘ahu Without a Car

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor TheBus is not only convenient, but it's also a good value One of the prices of living in paradise is the traffic we on O‘ahu have to contend with. For the last several years, Honolulu’s traffic woes have ranked among the worst in the nation. Fortunately, we have a number of alternatives to driving. Keep these in mind and you may manage to avoid a little traffic and a bunch of stress. You’re on vacation, after all! There are, of course, the countless tour shuttles ... Read More

2019 Waikiki Spam Jam: Celebrating a Canned Delicacy While Helping Those in Need

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

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Which Spam variety is your favorite? Who doesn’t love food? Who doesn’t love a street festival? Put them together and you’ve got a street festival celebrating one of the most perfect foods around. I’m talking, of course, about Waikiki Spam Jam, taking place this Saturday, April 27, along Kalākaua Avenue. Hawai‘i has a special love for this canned meat, dating back to its introduction to the islands during WW II. Since then, Spam has become a staple of local households and cuisine, having adapted itself ... 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

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

Posted in: Editor's Blog, The Arts, Things to Do

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

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Food & Drink, Shopping

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

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

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

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

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog, Food & Drink, The Arts

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

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

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

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Shopping, Things to Do

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

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Food & Drink

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

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