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Which Hawaiian Island Should I Visit?

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By Kent Coules, Publisher Hawai‘i is home to 137 islands and atolls. Eight of these islands are considered the “main” islands, and only six of them are legitimate tourist destinations. Ni‘ihau, the “Forbidden Island,” is owned by the Robinson family and access is strictly limited to native Hawaiians. Less than 200 people call Ni‘ihau home. Kaho‘olawe is the smallest of the eight main volcanic islands. During World War II, Kaho‘olawe was used as a training ground and bombing range by the Armed Forces of the United States. After decades of ... Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Activities on Oahu's Leeward Side

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor With most of O‘ahu’s tourist accommodations centralized in and around Waikīkī, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole island out there to explore. Yes, the North Shore rightfully gets a lot of attention, as do some other areas outside the urban core, but the west side of O‘ahu—also called the Leeward side—often gets overlooked by tourists and yes, even locals. So what is there to do on O‘ahu’s west side? Glad you asked! While there’s plenty to say about their snorkeling adventures, dining, shopping, ... Read More

Five Reasons Why Celebrating the Holidays in Hawai‘i is the BEST

Posted in: Culture & History, Events, Food & Drink, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor The holidays in Hawai‘i aren’t defined by sleigh rides, Yule logs and roasted chestnuts, BUT—that doesn’t make the season here any less festive. Put aside your preconceived notions of what the holidays are “supposed” to be, and you’ll find that the season here is just as joyous as anywhere else, if not more so. Here’s five reasons why: Reason 1: CHRISTMAS PARADES! Sure, other state’s have Christmas parades, but not many places have parades in December where you don’t have to bundle up! Shorts, slippers ... Read More

No Meat? No Problem! Best Vegetarian and Vegan Options on O‘ahu (that will still satisfy the carnivores in your life)

Posted in: Food & Drink

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Being vegetarian or vegan is a lifestyle that doesn’t just end when you travel. But finding satisfying options (i.e. something more than just a salad bar) in an unfamiliar state or country can sometimes be challenging. Moreso if you’re traveling with meat eaters.True, these days most dining establishments offer vegetarian options alongside their “regular” menu items. But if you want to step outside the safe zone and try some places that are perhaps under-the-radar and that satisfy both non-meat eaters as well as the carnivores ... Read More

Best Mexican Food on O’ahu: Three Great “Holes in the Wall”

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By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher Hawai’i has become a “foodie” town over the last 15 years or so, but Mexican food is not represented at the same level as other island specialties. In fact, as a native Southern California kid who grew up on Mexican food, I will go out of my way to find great Mexican. Here are three places on different parts on O’ahu worth tracking down: Maria Bonita, Chinatown15 N. Hotel St.Mexican food in Chinatown, you say? Actually Chinatown is a know “foodie” haven, with restaurants ... Read More

Best Places to Eat in Lahaina

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By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director People travel from all over the world to come to Maui and see sites like Haleakala, drive the road to Hana or snorkel in the clear blue waters of Honolua Bay. But outside of the beauty Maui has to offer, it also has some ono grindz. In mainlander terms, really good food! The west side of Maui has some of the best. Captain Jack's Island Grill Captain Jack’s is one of our favorite spots for happy hour.  Not only do they have a killer ... Read More

To Do on Kauai: Anaina Hou Community Park: A Gift for All to Enjoy

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

Every Hawaiian Island has a nickname. Oʻahu is known as “The Gathering Place.” Kaua‘i, also known as the “Garden Isle,” boasts a new gathering place of its own. Anaina Hou Community Park, which means “A New Gathering Place” in Hawaiian, offers a beautiful 30-acre community complex where visitors and locals alike can come together to play. Anaina Hou was the vision of Bill Porter, co-founder of eTrade, who moved to Kaua‘i in 2004 with his wife Joan. After purchasing the property in Kīlauea, they asked the community how they could ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Five Activities on WIndward Oahu

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Driving along the H-3, Likelike or Pali, you can’t miss it—the lush, picturesque mountain range bathed in an early morning light, or shrouded by low-hanging clouds from a passing storm. Sometimes it’s decorated in ribbons of waterfalls; other times, it’s beautifully green and shimmering under the bright sun. The Koʻolau mountain range is verdant and unique, as synonymous with the island of Oʻahu as the craterous Diamond Head and historic Pearl Harbor. Yet aside from keeping their eyes peeled for its unmatched beauty, visitors tend not to explore the surrounding area ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Activities in West Oahu

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

Welcome to the Gathering Place, Hawaiʻi’s home to two-thirds of the state’s population and the state capitol of Honolulu. When most people think of Oʻahu, they probably think of busy Waikīkī, massive North Shore swells, the lush Koʻolau mountain range and the bustling city scene. What they may not realize, however, is that Oʻahu is a diverse place with many unique neighborhoods and landscapes. Consider heading west during your next trip to Oʻahu. You won’t believe the charming sights you’ll see on your drive there. The best part? Your destination is ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Discover Central Honolulu

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Regarded as the island’s main hub of activity, Honolulu has no shortage of things to do. Featuring bustling downtown business district and historic Chinatown, the urban core of Honolulu contains endless offerings, including places to shop, dine, drink, learn and explore. You’ll want to check out all of its hidden gems for yourself, but consider this a good place to start. Iolani PalaceAs the only royal palace in the United States, Iolani Palace holds a very special place in the heart of Hawaiʻi. What once served as the royal residence of ... Read More

Editor’s Pick: Best Breakfasts on Oahu When You're on the Run

Posted in: Food & Drink

If you’re like most people visiting Hawaiʻi, your itinerary is chock full of places to go, activities to enjoy and new things to try. And while quality dining is always enjoyable, sometimes you don’t have the time to gather the troops to enjoy a leisurely, sit-down meal before the first stop on your morning’s journey. Don’t worry—This Week Hawaii has got you covered.Here we’re breaking down our favorite stops on Oʻahu to savor a quick bite before hopping back in the car for your next adventure. Fatboy’s – Whether you’re cruising around ... Read More

To Do on Maui: One Day, Six Activities, Endless Possibilities

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Strapped for time on Maui and not sure where to start? Not to worry! The Valley Isle adventures begin from the moment you land at Kahului Airport and continue throughout the day as you enjoy eating, sightseeing, and exploring!Sample “World Famous Pancakes” at Tasty CrustKick-start your voyage by driving into Wailuku town and stopping for the beloved, “world famous pancakes” at Tasty Crust! This classic diner is a hit with visitors and locals alike, cooking up iconic breakfast favorites like Loco Moco, Fried Rice, and Opakapaka and Eggs. Slide into ... Read More

Editor’s Pick: Best Breakfasts on Maui When You're on the Run

Posted in: Food & Drink

If you’re like most people visiting Hawaiʻi, your itinerary is chock full of places to go, activities to enjoy and new things to try. And while quality dining is always enjoyable, sometimes you don’t have the time to gather the troops to enjoy a leisurely, sit-down meal before the first stop on your morning’s journey.Don’t worry—This Week Hawaii has got you covered.Here we’re breaking down our favorite stops on Maui to savor a quick bite before hopping back in the car for your next adventure. Joey’s Kitchen – Joey’s Kitchen is ... Read More

Editor’s Pick: Best Breakfasts on Kauai When You're on the Run

Posted in: Food & Drink

If you’re like most people visiting Hawaiʻi, your itinerary is chock full of places to go, activities to enjoy and new things to try. And while quality dining is always enjoyable, sometimes you don’t have the time to gather the troops to enjoy a leisurely, sit-down meal before the first stop on your morning’s journey. Don’t worry—This Week Hawaii has got you covered.Here we’re breaking down our favorite stops on Kauaʻi to savor a quick bite before hopping back in the car for your next adventure. Gina’s Anykine Grinds Café – Often ... Read More

To Do on the Big Island: Rainy Day Activities

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

Despite the common perception of Hawaiʻi as a tropical getaway, some days are spent shrouded in gray clouds and intermittent showers, weather conditions that keep visitors and locals alike holed up indoors. But how do you keep your vacation going when the rain just won’t stop?Like it or not, Hawaiʻi sees its fair share of rainy days, from mild passing showers to more torrential weather. But if you only have a few days in paradise, you can’t (and shouldn’t) spend every one of them waiting around for the skies to ... Read More

Big Island on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

Posted in: 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

Editor’s Pick: Best Breakfasts on the Big Island When You're on the Run

Posted in: Food & Drink

If you’re like most people visiting Hawaiʻi, your itinerary is chock full of places to go, activities to enjoy and new things to try. And while quality dining is always enjoyable, sometimes you don’t have the time to gather the troops to enjoy a leisurely, sit-down meal before the first stop on your morning’s journey.Don’t worry—This Week Hawaii has got you covered.Here we’re breaking down our favorite stops on the Big Island to savor a quick bite before hopping back in the car for your next adventure.808 Grindz Cafe – ... Read More

Eco-Tips Hawaii: Who Needs Plastic? Go Green and be Eco-Friendly in Hawaiʻi

Posted in: Environment, Food & Drink, Shopping

Hawaiʻi has always been known for its pristine beaches, verdant landscape and all-around majestic outdoor environment. Yet now more than ever, the beauty of Hawaiʻi is threatened by the rise in pollution, plastic overkill and damage to our oceans. There are so many ways to enjoy eco-friendly fun while doing your part to keep Hawaiʻi clean, green and safe. If you’re traveling across the islands, we encourage you to “go green” whenever you can! Here are some simple tips to get you started. PC: Pacific Whale Foundation. 1. Forgo the plasticIt’s no ... Read More

Top Eight Reasons to Visit Hawaii in the Summer

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

School’s out, the sun is shining, the waves are barreling to shore, and Hawaiʻi is calling your name! While there’s no bad time to make a trek to paradise, we certainly can’t deny the perfection of a summer island getaway. As if you need more convincing, here are eight reasons why a Hawaiʻi adventure in the summer is so special. 1. The beaches are at their most beautifulSure, Hawaiʻi is known for its world-class beaches and sprawling blue waters, but what makes the shores around the Pacific even more beautiful in ... Read More

Farm to Table Excursions in Hawaiʻi

Posted in: Environment, Food & Drink

In addition to its rich and diverse landscapes, Hawaiʻi is also known for its agricultural bounty, growing local coffee, papaya, cacao, macadamia nuts, honey, lavender and so much more. Did you know that Hawaiʻi is the only state in the US that grows cacao? How about that Kona coffee is picked meticulously by hand? These are just a sampling of facts you’d learn during a Hawaiʻi farm tour. PC: Ueshima Coffee Co.Our favorite farm tour operators on the Big Island, Oʻahu and Maui love welcoming visitors and locals alike to ... Read More

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