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
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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
One of Hawai‘i’s greatest draws is its natural resources. Lush greenery, sandy beaches, gorgeous sunny weather—there’s a lot to love about the islands’ climate and terrain. So much so, that you’d almost want to take a piece of the islands home with you when your vacation is over. Unfortunately, you can’t bottle up the sun, and visitors are discouraged from removing rocks, shells and other natural artifacts from the state. Foods, clothing and other products, however, are fine, including those made using the ubiquitous macadamia and kukui nuts. Flavorful cooking ... Read More
By Kent Coules, Publisher Sean taking on one of his ginormous creations One look at Cool Cat Cafe on Front Street and it’s hard to believe this all started from an 800 square foot hamburger stand making only $300 a day in Atascadero, California. “My dad Steve bought a place called Tubby’s with his last $15,000 in savings in 1989,” says Sean Corpuel, co-owner of Cool Cat. “I had dropped out of high school in Arizona, and my dad asked me if I wanted to come work with him. We ... Read More
By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director This is our nod to the women who are standing tall, climbing mountains and making a difference on this little slice of heaven known as Maui. Whether these women are entrepreneurs, humanitarians, environmentalists or are just doing something really cool, they are making Maui a better place, every day. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Alma Tassi at Akamai Coffee in Kihei. If you don’t know who Alma is, she’s the inspiring and relatable co-owner of South Shore Tiki Lounge at Kihei ... Read More
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
By Kent Coules, Publisher One of Tom Iannucci's mouth-watering concoctions, fresh from the oven When most people think of “pizza” and “Hawai‘i” they think of pineapple and ham. Tom Iannucci thinks about brick ovens and learning more from his peers at the Association of Verace Pizza Napoletana, who commissioned his pizzeria as their first certified pizzeria in Hawai‘i. It all started on Long Island, New York, where Tom grew up. “It wasn’t the best neighborhood,” says Tom. “A lot of my buddies were going to jail, so after the Beirut ... Read More
By Kent Coules, Publisher What do the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award, television’s Top Chef and Hawai‘i’s ubiquitous ABC Stores all have in common? Sheldon Simeon, Executive Chef of the hot new restaurant LINEAGE in Wailea, Maui. Chef Sheldon, as he is known, was twice voted “Fan Favorite” during two separate appearances on the Bravo Network’s Top Chef. He opened LINEAGE in October 2018 in partnership with venerable ABC Stores and was nominated as a semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation for Best New Restaurant in March. The James Beard ... Read More
By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director This is our nod to the women who are standing tall, climbing mountains and making a difference on this little slice of heaven known as Maui. Whether these women are entrepreneurs, humanitarians, environmentalists or are just doing something really cool, they are making Maui a better place, every day. Kobe's entertaining chefs and delicious food bring people back again and again, but Martha is the restaurant's secret treasure. Martha Haleakala is the owner of Kobe’s Japanese Steak House over in Lahaina, but that wasn’t always ... Read More
By Kent Coules, Publisher Rocky Aoki first introduced Americans to the concept of "eatertainment" in 1964 I recently met a friend at Rocky Japanese Steak Teppan Restaurant at the Hilton Hawaiian Village for a pau hana (after work) dinner. For many locals, making the trek into Waikīkī can seem like a chore, but visiting Rocky’s was so worth the effort. The former Benihana of Tokyo re-opened under the new Rocky name earlier this year. The wife of the late founder Rocky Aoki wanted to update the restaurant to include some ... Read More
By Lauren LeDoux, Maui Sales Director Westside Bagel brings east coast style bagels to Maui Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa who had just started her small business, Westside Bagel, this last October with her partner, Scott. This tiny, bubbly blonde is from the East coast with an undergrad in psychology. She’s also a licensed realtor, though not practicing. Despite those credentials, she always found herself coming back to the food and beverage industry, and after meeting her, youʻll be glad she did. She's a ray ... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Apple bananas and star fruit are a couple of the local items seen in this colorful array Calling all veggie lovers! Not too long ago, we covered vegetarian and vegan options on O‘ahu, but Maui has no shortage of choices for healthy eating. I’m here to give you the low down on all the hot spots for you veggie loving, non-meat eaters located here on the Valley Isle: Alchemy Maui157 Kupuohi St., Lahaina Not only do they have amazing vegetarian and vegan options ... Read More
By Kent Coules, Publisher Have you seen me? This Week Maui’s Sales Director, Lauren LaDoux, didn’t know she would be “Chief Treasure Hunt Officer” when she joined the visitor magazine in 2017, but now it’s part of her job description and she loves it. “We thought it would be a fun way to engage with our readers and provide an adventure the whole family can participate in as they tour places they’re visiting anyway,” LaDoux says. “Winning a gift certificate for being the first to find the ‘This Week Pineapple’ ... Read More
By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor “Going out” means different things to different people. Varying factors include age, location, and whether or not there are children in the picture, among other things. In Hawai‘i, going out can mean club hopping in Waikīkī or just cruising with “the guys” in someone’s carport with some poke and a cooler full of beer. Going out can mean dinner with your significant other, night fishing with family, sushi for one at your favorite hole in the wall, Friday night fireworks off of Magic Island, or ... Read More
Listen, we get it. Choosing a vacation destination is tough. So many places, so little time. Hawai‘i complicates that decision even more because deciding to vacation here is only step one—you still have to decide which island(s) to visit! What to do, what to do? We thought it would be a good public service to offer you five great reasons why Hawai‘i should not be on your list of vacation options. If, after reading this article, you still want to come then check out some of our articles to ... Read More
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