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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

Which Islands Have Active Volcanoes

Posted in: Environment

Volcanoes… The terrifying force of nature that has been the center of several historical events and box-office hits. Making a model-volcano is practically a rite of passage for young children in school. How cool would it be to see one in person? Hawaii is made of volcanoes. Literally. The islands were formed by volcanic eruptions and several are still active today. They expand the island, reshape the landscape, and are an integral part of Hawaiian culture and tourism. While not every volcano in Hawaii is still active, you can still ... Read More

Experience Magnificent Nāpali

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

Magnificent. Stunning. Simply awesome! There are many adjectives used to describe the Nāpali Coast, and none do it justice. Viewing pictures of the coast by sea is one thing, but it’s something you have to experience for yourself. Board one of many ocean vessels and get ready to see one of Mother Nature’s most incredible creations.   Cruising along the majestic Nāpali Coast with Blue Dolphin Charters The only company on Kaua‘i offering guaranteed dolphin sightings on their morning tours is Blue Dolphin Charters—if the captain confirms no dolphins were ... Read More

Rev Up for an Aquatic Adventure!

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On Maui, pretty much every day of the year is a beach day. This is especially true during the spring and summer months, though, when weather conditions are at their best. Experiencing our beautiful waters doesn’t always mean laying around on the sand and taking a dip along the shoreline. As wonderful as all that is, sometimes, some of us need a little more action in our lives, just a little further from shore.   Snorkeling Molokini on Boss Frog’s Malolo If snorkeling an extinct volcano sounds like your type ... Read More

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

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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

Refuge at Sea Life Park­­­­­­—­­­­­­­­The Amazing Story of Niblet and Brawler

Posted in: Environment, People

By Kent Coules, Publisher Sea Life Park in Waimanalo has a long history of rehabilitating animals, but the rescue of two California sea lions, Niblet and Brawler, tested the expertise of marine mammal professionals from the West Coast to Hawai‘i. “We had to work with multiple agencies to get Niblet and Brawler here safely,” says Sea Life Park Curator Jeff Pawloski. “The regulations and logistics we had to negotiate were tough, but Niblet and Brawler arrived here safely on January 9.” Brawler and Niblet (pictured left to right) shortly after arrival ... Read More

Big Island Dolphin Watch

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Along with whales, dolphins could be called the ‘brainiacs’ of the marine world. Intelligent in ways that are different from humans, studies indicate dolphins are playful, quick learners and demonstrate empathy, grief and joy. Anytime you’re out in Hawai‘i’s waters, be on the lookout for our resident marine life that includes whales (in addition to seasonal Humpback whales), the endangered Green Sea turtle and Hawaiian monk seal, as well as pods of dolphins. According to the non-profit Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund that engages the community in research, education and conservation projects, ... Read More

Rainy Day To-Dos on Oahu

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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

Unique Big Island Tours

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From busy bees to octopus, and growing vanilla to the intricacies of coffee farming, Hawai‘i Island offers many opportunities to have fun while learning about its homegrown industries.   Catch the buzz at Big Island Bees Learn what all the buzz is about at Big Island Bees. Started by Garnett and Whendi Puett in 2004 after Garnett’s stepfather initially brought the family bee business to Hawai‘i in approximately 1971, the couple has continued the family tradition as fourth-generation beekeepers. Did you know that true honey is good for your health? ... Read More

There's Lots to Do in South Kona!

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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!

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

Hiking Kā‘ena Point Trail

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

Story and Images by Sarah Yamanaka, Executive Editor This arid coastal hike located in Kā‘ena Point State Park begins a little less than three miles from Kā‘ena Point on both sides of the Wai‘anae mountain range. You can start the trail in either Wai‘anae (2.4 miles one way) or Mokulē‘ia (2.5 miles one way); where the paved road ends is where the trail begins.  An early view on the Kāʻena Point Trail A group of us started in Mokulē‘ia. No blue skies, just gray clouds above for which we were ... Read More

Searching for Humpbacks: Whale Watching on Oahu

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

We’re thrilled to have seen the first of many Humpback whales (kohola) in our island waters, and you can too. Nothing beats being able to see a mammoth whale up close in their natural habitat. Get ready to get acquainted with the mighty Humpback. A breaching Humpback whale [Photo Courtesy Dolphin Excursions] These mighty and endangered humpback whales travel thousands of miles from their home in Alaskan waters to the Pacific Ocean, a route they undertake year after year. Like other mammals such as caribou whose migration routes are passed ... Read More

Let's Go Whale Watching! How, Where and When to Enjoy Watching Humpback Whales in Maui

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  Every winter, about 4,000-5,000 Humpback whales—two-thirds of the whole North Pacific population, migrate to Hawai‘i’s warm waters from the chilly environs of Alaska for a well-deserved respite. The peak of their activity is from January through March, making this an ideal time for us to view them in the wild. A whale breaching off the coast of Maui [Photo Courtesy Pacific Whale Foundation] While summers in Alaska are devoted to feeding, their winters in Hawai‘i are focused on reproduction. In fact, the state is considered the nation’s primary mating ... Read More

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