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Cruising the Wailua River Valley With Four Generations of Smiths

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

Sharing songs and legends of the Wailua River Valley is a family tradition. In 1946, Walter Smith, Sr. and his wife, Emily, started our family business with a small rowboat and a borrowed outboard motor. Four generations later, we continue Grandpa’s tradition of sharing our love of Kauai and its rich cultural heritage. Some activities take all day or must be reserved well in advance of your arrival- especially with Covid restrictions in place. The Wailua River Cruise is a great way to sit on a covered boat, meandering up the ... Read More

Five Fascinating Facts About the Waimea Canyon

Posted in: Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

Most first time visitors to Kauai read up on the island and Waimea Canyon, nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by none other than Mark Twain, and wonder if the moniker is an overstatement. How can a canyon on the fourth largest Hawaiian island match up to the behemoth that is the actual Grand Canyon? In some ways, specifically in regards to its size, it can’t. The length of the Grand Canyon, at 277 miles, is two and half times longer than the distance between Kauai and the neighboring ... Read More

Hawaii Trivia: Test Your Knowledge!

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

Hawai‘i is such a fascinating place with tons of facts and tidbits to glean. How well do you think you know the islands? We put together some trivia questions so you can put your knowledge to the test, and maybe even impress your friends and family with your HIIQ (Hawai‘i Intelligence Quotient). The answers are down below—no cheating!.  Got your thinking caps secured? Okay, then. Get ready, get set... GO!   1.  The Hawaiian islands are the projecting tops of one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. How ... Read More

15 Hilarious Questions Hawai‘i’s Tourists Really Ask

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

Repeat after me: There’s no such thing as a stupid question.  While some questions may give us pause, the only way we ever learn anything is by asking, right? Those who work in the visitor industry get pelted with questions of all sorts. They’re thrilled that people want to learn so much about their surroundings and the activities they’re taking part in, but some questions can and do make us here in Hawai‘i chuckle. It’s certainly no different than when a Hawai‘i resident visits the U.S. mainland or another country ... Read More

Ten Things that Make Hawai'i the Most Unique State in the Country

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher ʻIolani Palace Hawaiʻi has the only royal palaces on American soil. ʻIolani Palace, in Honolulu, is the site of the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani. Those familiar with Hawaii’s history can argue persuasively that Hawaiʻi is NOT legally United States territory, but that’s a story for another time.   Weather Honolulu is the only major U.S. city where the average high temperature is in the 80’s—TWELVE MONTHS A YEAR!   Caffeine Junkies Rejoice Hawaiʻi is the only state that grows coffee commercially. Hawaiʻi’s rich, volcanic soil ... Read More

Big Island on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

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

It’s no secret that a trip to Hawaiʻi can seriously rack up the bill. After all, it pays to spend time in paradise! From dining decisions to pricey attractions, an island vacation can bring up some serious questions about the best way to spend your savings. This Week Hawaii is making it easy for you to experience paradise on a budget. Read on for popular things to do on the Big Island for not a lot of cash. Sample Kona Coffee on a farm tour – The Big Island is known ... Read More

Day Trippin' on the North Shore

Posted in: Environment, Food & Drink, People, Shopping, Things to Do

  The Perfect Time to Visit! The world-famous North Shore of Oahu, known for its huge winter swells, iconic surfing beaches and laid-back culture, had an “admission price” for visitors in the form of overcrowding pre-Covid-19.  As you read this story now, you are in the fortunate position to be visiting our island at a time where the North Shore can be experienced in a way that turns back time by fifty years.    “While it hasn’t been good for our local economy, the slower pace on the North Shore is ... Read More

Traveling to the Big Island during Covid: Why Now Through May is the Best Time to Go!

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

There are so many questions surrounding travel right now. Is it safe to travel? How hard is it to deal with all the safety and testing requirements? Will it be worth it when I get to the destination? The answers are: -We can’t provide that answer. That’s your call. However, we will tell you that when you get to Hawaii Island (Big Island) you’ll be in a place that has an extraordinarily low Covid-19 case count relative to the rest of the United States. In the two days prior to ... Read More

Traveling to Hawaii During Covid: Now Through May is the Time!

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

Living in Hawaii watching the news of massive winter storms, severe cold and power outages across the country, I have a confession to make: we’ve been feeling the cold here too. That’s because the temperatures have been dropping into the 60’s at night (brrrr…) and residents are seen in the morning wearing their winter jackets, sweaters and closed toed shoes. Of course, by late morning we’re back to our usual mid to high 70’s and beach life returns to normal. If you’re reading this from a place with sub-freezing weather ... Read More

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

How Long Will Hawaiian Beaches Be Closed

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

The coronavirus pandemic spread across the world in early 2020 and wreaked havoc. As the virus spread from country to country, the effects were devastating. Hospitals became overwhelmed, economies shut down, travel became grounded, and borders even closed. At this time, 636,000 people have died worldwide from COVID-19.  To this day, we don’t know how long the coronavirus pandemic will last. However, Hawaii’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been swift. They immediately closed businesses and cancelled events. They quickly instituted a 14-day quarantine and careful contact tracing. To this ... Read More

Which Hawaiian Islands Have Active Volcanoes

Posted in: Big Island 2021, 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, Kauai 2021, 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!

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

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

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

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

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Environment, Things to Do

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

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

Unique Big Island Tours

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

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!

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. Sam Choy's Kai Lanai - Home of the Hawaiian Heritage Cuisine. There are times when vacation dining calls for an elegant meal complemented by a stunning view, and perhaps, a spectacular sunset. Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai has all that and a whole lot more. At Kai Lanai, the incredible ocean and sunset views will leave you speechless ... Read More

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