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Get Your Beach On! Your Day of Surf and Sand on Kauaʻi

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Gear up for a day at Po‘ipu Beach with brand name swimwear, quality snorkel gear and beach accessories, surf lessons and food—for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Making Waves, part of the Maui Clothing Company family of stores, features “Hawai‘i’s largest collection of swimwear” offering eye-catching styles and designs for every shape and size. Stop by their store at Poipu Shopping Village to browse through hundreds of suits from brand name designers, as well as their own exclusive Maui WaterWear line featuring rashguards and swimwear for the entire family. “We cater ... 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

Souvenir Shopping? Take Home These Isle Delights!

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Taking care of family, friends and coworkers when you return from a Hawai‘i vacation can seem like a chore. We can help with ideas that are easy on the eyes, the tastebuds and your wallet.   Pineapple-shaped favorites from Honolulu Cookie Company Spam musubi aside, there is no more an iconic food item in Hawai‘i than the pineapple-shaped, premium shortbread cookies from Honolulu Cookie Company. Honolulu Cookie Company baked their first batch in 1998 after entrepreneurs Keith and Janet Sung developed a recipe for premium shortbread cookies. As an artist, ... Read More

Enjoy the Flavors of Life at Salt & Pepper Cafe

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Having owned several restaurants and nightclubs on the East Coast, owner Jeffrey Samuels wanted Salt & Pepper Cafe to be a comfortable spot serving good food to his customers. The cafe’s contemporary look and vibe is all Samuels. “I designed the layout myself,” he says. “I was looking for a place where everyone could enjoy a good meal. Like the meaning of O‘ahu—‘The Gathering Place’—I have friends who are vegans, who feel uncomfortable going out for a meal because they can’t find anything on the menu to eat. I wanted ... Read More

Experience a Bounty of Delights at a Maui Lu‘au

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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

Maui-Style Souvenirs: Unique Gift Ideas for Everyone Back Home

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As your vacation winds down, you’re probably thinking about getting some keepsakes for yourself or family and friends back home. And let’s face it, sometimes a “Wish you were here!” postcard just doesn’t cut it. Whether you’re looking for apparel from local brands, unique regional treats, or local arts and crafts, we’ve got some ideas for you to consider. Choose your own pearl at Pearl Factory As “Hawai‘i’s Original Pearl-In-The-Oyster,” Pearl Factory makes your jewelry shopping experience fun and exciting. All pearls come from genuine saltwater cultured oysters. Discover Akoya, ... Read More

Dive Into Maui's Seafood Spots

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When you’re vacationing in the middle of the Pacific, it’s only natural that you’d want to sample some of the ocean’s bounty. Fortunately for you, Maui has some great seafood spots offering dishes cooked in familiar styles or with a unique island vibe. Grilled Fish Salad at Down the Hatch Seafood is made fun at Down the Hatch. This Lahaina eatery offers selections “Between the Buns and On Top of Tortillas,” plus appetizers, salads and “Big Plates” like macadamia nut-crusted ahi and cajun-grilled fresh catch. Enjoy locally sourced fresh fish ... 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

Posted in: 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!

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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

Eating In Waikiki

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After arriving on O‘ahu and checking into your accommodations, sometimes you just want to hang out in the vicinity and enjoy a casual meal. We’ve got those options for you right here! P.F. Chang’s always tries to exceed guests’ expectations The chefs at P.F. Chang’s create fresh and inventive Chinese cuisine served with island-style hospitality on a daily basis. With more than 200 locations across the U.S. and more around the globe, you might think it’s a basic chain restaurant—but then you would be wrong. “Many people don’t realize that ... Read More

If I Had Just one Day on Oahu: Episode 1

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By Gaye Sylvester Beamer My friends are coming to town and I’m excited. I’ve promised a whole day of fun. Now what? Gaye Beamer, an Account Manager with This Week, shares her ideas with us. The coast along Kahuku on O‘ahu's North Shore My “go-to” when I have one day to entertain guests is the North Shore. The appeal of this iconic coastline and the reason why so many locals have fought to “Keep the Country, Country!” is real. Our first stop is Dole Plantation to share my delicious DoleWhip ... Read More

Highlights Along Kona's Ali‘i Drive

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Ali‘i Drive in historic Kailua-Kona offers visitors a coastal walk perfect by day and in the evening hours. As you can see, there’s lots to do along this stretch! A view of the seawall along Ali‘i Drive EAT: Residents and visitors have been coming and going from Oceans Sports Bar & Grill for the last 15 years, and it’s all thanks to owners Todd and Shirley Hull. “My husband and I love watching sports, and enjoy food and drinks while doing so,” says Shirley. It was the inspiration behind opening ... Read More

Destination: North Shore

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Once you’ve driven through the town of Wahiawa on Kamehameha Highway and crossed the short bridge, you’ve entered what we call, “da country.” There are a couple of stops to make before you hit Hale‘iwa, so roll down the windows, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the ride. A calm Waimea Bay during summer One of the most popular visitor attractions in Hawai‘i, Dole Plantation is located past the small community of Wahiawā and a few miles before the surf town of Hale‘iwa. It’s a little oasis of greenery with ... Read More

Dining & Shopping in the Time of Coronavirus: Supporting Hawai‘i's Businesses in Troubled Times

Posted in: Food & Drink, Shopping, The Arts

These are certainly strange times we’re living in. For some, being forced to stay in may feel like heaven, for others a prison. For those who are still working from home, it may just be business-as-usual, though in more comfortable attire. (I, for one, find that I can think better when working barefoot.) But let us consider those that are simply without work, their jobs or businesses shuttered. Other businesses are still managing to hang on, keeping their operations running one way or another, navigating troubled waters while still being ... 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

West Side Story: Visiting O‘ahu's Leeward Coast

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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

Kīhei By Night

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By day, Maui is all about its unrivaled natural wonders, sunny, pristine beaches and unique cultural attractions. But what’s there to do at night? If you’re out on the south shore, there’s quite a bit, actually. Kihei Kalama Village may seem like a typical shopping center shopping mall by day, with it’s cool and eclectic collection of shops and eateries, but surprisingly, this shopping center houses a pretty vibrant nightlife. You can pre-game your night out by filling up on a number of cuisines like Chinese, seafood or Southern-style barbecue. ... Read More

TGIF! Celebrating Community at Maui Fridays

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Most everyone looks forward to Friday as a day of celebration. It’s a way to kick the past workweek to the curb while also serving as a precursor to the rest of the weekend where one will (hopefully) get to rest and relax, or at least do something not work-related. Photo © Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson Many cities have some sort of Friday event that’s centered around a combination of food, art and entertainment. Honolulu’s Chinatown has played host to a popular First Friday party since 2003, ... Read More

Kaua‘i's Farmers' Markets: Fresh, Authentic & Locally Grown

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The heart of a community can be found in its food. Visit any city around the world and you’ll hear its pulse beating soundly from their high-end restaurants to their food trucks. Hawai‘i is no different with a vibrant food scene all its own, but our geographic isolation, volcanic history and tropical climate offers up some unique agricultural opportunities as well.  From colorful tropical fruits like guava, mango and papaya to specialty crops like chocolate and coffee, Hawai‘i is fortunate to be able to grow a rainbow of edible delights. ... Read More

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