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The Boss Frog of Maui: The Story of Boss Frog’s and its Founder, Phil Kasper

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A lot of people are called “boss” but only Phil Kasper has the distinction of being the “Boss Frog” of Maui. Kasper is the Founder and Owner of Boss Frog’s, with stores on Maui, Kaua‘i and the Big Island, and operator of the country’s finest snorkel boat, the Calypso. Over lunch at Mala Ocean Tavern, Kasper explains that his story isn’t one of overnight success. “Everything happened incrementally,” he tells me. “I came here on my boat in 1987,” his first catamaran, the Frog Man. “There was never a business ... Read More

CLIMB Works: How a Zipline Adventure Perpetuates a North Shore Lifestyle

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By Kent Coules, Publisher When Aaron Campbell bought Keana Farms with a partner over 13 years ago, ziplining wasn’t even on his radar. “We bought the land to create affordable housing. For a number of reasons that were beyond our control we had to back off from that goal.” Having been raised on the North Shore since he was a little boy, Campbell’s mission was still to use the land to help the local community. “I loved the fact that the 450 acres was a working farm that delivered a ... Read More

Zip and Slide! A Conversation with Olie Rivera, Owner of Koloa Zipline/Kauai ATV

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“If you put a barrier in front of me, I will find a way to get around it,” says Olie Rivera, owner of Koloa Zipline and Kauai ATV. Those words seem to drive every step of his career path. The 64-year-old Colombia native has only been employed for six months of his entire life. “I worked at a print shop when I was a student at Cypress College, in California. Other than that job, I’ve always worked for myself.”  Olie's business started with just one ATV. Which quickly became ten. ... Read More

A Shelluva Business: Talking Shop with Todd Crawford of The Shell Factory

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By Kent Coules, Publisher Some of the beautiful creations you'll find at The Shell Factory It is always fascinating to learn the back story of how someone ended up in Hawai‘i, or how they started their business. Todd Crawford of Kaua‘i’s The Shell Factory is no exception. “My parents started The Shell Factory as a retirement business in 1982,” says Crawford. “They had a jewelry store business in San Jose and vacationed regularly on Kaua‘i. They loved it so much they started thinking about retiring here. That was the start of ... Read More

The Coolest Cat in Lahaina: A Conversation with Cool Cat Cafe’s Sean Corpuel

Posted in: Food & Drink, People

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

Women Making Waves on Maui: Alma Tassi of South Shore Tiki Lounge

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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

Talking with Jason Trim of Makani Golf Club—The Course Locals Don’t Want You to Know About

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By Kent Coules, Publisher Makani Golf Club's signature 17th hole is as terrifying as it is breathtaking “Makani” is the Hawaiian word for wind. You could be excused for thinking it means “spectacular views.” Indeed, when one first drives off Māmalahoa Highway onto Makani Golf Club’s 150 acres, your first view is of its signature 17th hole. It’s a par three with an island green that architect Perry Dye modeled after the “most terrifying tee shot in golf,” the legendary 17th at TPC Sawgrass. Looking at this hole on the ... Read More

The Pizza Man of Kaua‘i: Tom Iannucci Opens Pietro’s Pizza e Pasta in Poipu Shopping Village

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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

Chef Sheldon Makes a Splash on the Maui Dining Scene with LINEAGE

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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

Women Making Waves on Maui: Martha Haleakala of Kobe’s Japanese Steakhouse

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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

Maui's Hidden Gem: Westside Bagel Brings East Coast Style Bagels to Hawai‘i

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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

Hawaii Water Sports Center: All Your Aquatic Fun In One Spot

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By Kent Coules, Publisher Hawaii Water Sports Center's activities take place in scenic Koko Marina and Maunalua Bay When Cormac O’Carroll took over Hawaii Water Sports Center 20 years ago, they offered one activity: water skiing. Since then they’ve expanded to parasailing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, snorkel, scuba and banana boat and bumper tube tows. “The business was already 26 years old when I took it over,” says O’Carroll. “We’ve slowly added more activities so that we’re a one-stop shop for visitors’ recreational water fun. That’s probably why our three ride ... Read More

Nā Pali Coast: Three Things That Make Kauai's Nā Pali Coast (and Na Pali Riders) a World Class Experience

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

  According to Na Pali Riders Captain Chris Turner—known to his guests as Captain Chris—there are three attractions on the Nā Pali Coast that make it special: Caves, cliffs and marine life. The number one attraction is the spectacular sea caves. The dramatic arches and caves are lit up by summer’s brilliant sun rays, lighting the crystal clear water into shades of electric blue. The caves were formed by the relentless pounding of the winter Hawaiian surf, sometimes reaching 40 feet in height. One of the spectacular sea caves you ... Read More

Helicopters, Sharks and Maui: The Unique Passions of Maverick Helicopters’ Brad Blucher

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By Kent Coules, Publisher “I saw ‘Jaws’ when I was 10 years old. From that point forward I was petrified of sharks.” So says Maverick Helicopters’ Chief Pilot Brad Blucher. “It wasn’t just that I was afraid to swim in the ocean. You couldn’t keep me in a swimming pool.” Fast forward a few years and Blucher is skydiving out of C-130 military cargo planes, chasing 33-foot gunboats. He also parachuted out of the massive fliers as a Special Warfare Combat Crewman in the United States Navy. “SWCCs, or ‘Swics’, ... Read More

Chartering Ocean Fun in Kona: Talking Story with Kamanu Charters' president, John Senn

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By Kent Coules, Publisher What do Nicholas Cage, “Laverne” the Tiger Shark, King Kamehameha’s canoes and an intimidating Hawaiian monk seal all have in common? They’ve all been on or rubbed up against John and Beth Senn’s 36-foot catamaran, the Kamanu.  John and Beth arrived in Hawai‘i after careers in auto mechanics and restaurant management respectively, with a desire to change things up. Having always been around boats in California, they decided they wanted to remain in Hawai‘i and start their own charter business. “In 1997, we bought the Honu, ... Read More

The Wonders of the Ni‘ihau Shell Lei Necklace: Talking with Liz Cope of The Hawaiian Trading Post

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By Kent Coules, Publisher Long before The Hawaiian Trading Post’s Liz Cope imported her first Ni‘ihau shell lei necklace to her Koloa store in 1984, she knew many of the artists. Cope moved to the west side of Kaua‘i at age seven from Oah‘u, the daughter of a NASA engineer. “Ni‘ihau children attended Kekaha Elementary School on the Westside with me”, Cope explains. “They would go back and forth. To this day, I do business with artists I grew up with.” Not too many people can say they “grew up ... Read More

'The King of Kaua‘i': Kaua‘i Museum’s Executive Director Shares His Love of Island History

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By Kent Coules, Publisher Americans are obsessed with royalty—British royalty. Visitors to Kaua‘i have an opportunity to learn the rich, fascinating and controversial history of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i’s royal families. At the Kaua‘i Museum in Līhu‘e, that includes a special emphasis on Kaua‘i’s King Kaumuali‘i, who ruled over Hawai‘i’s last independent state from King Kamehameha II until he was abducted in 1821. “King Kaumuali‘i is the star here,” says Kaua‘i Museum Executive Director Chucky Boy Chock. “He is the biggest difference between us and other island museums.” "Long before ... Read More

Information. Inspiration. Action. Dan Lutkenhouse Plans to Change the World One Visitor at a TIme

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By Kent Coules, Publisher “I see kids in the parking lot moping when they get here, not wanting to go to a garden, and beaming like they just went to Disneyland when they leave.” So says Dan Lutkenhouse Jr., steward of the Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden. The garden is marking its 40th anniversary this year by committing to “creating a living experience that everyone can benefit from.” The garden was created through the untiring efforts of one man, Dan Lutkenhouse Sr., who discovered Onomea Valley while on vacation with his ... Read More

Maui Plane Rides’ Eric Brill Shares the Secret Wonders of Maui... One Intimate Flight at a Time

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By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Have you ever met someone that inspired you to follow your dreams? Or in my case, conquer my fears? That was my experience with Eric Brill. Eric is the Owner and Captain of Maui Plane Rides. I am a land hugging Maui resident, fearful of heights and flying. Or at least, I thought I was, until Eric convinced me to see my beloved Maui from the air. Eric made his way to Maui after years of piloting commercial aircraft across the globe, beginning in ... Read More

The Aloha of Hawai‘i’s Own Crazy Shirts: A Conversation with President Scott Maroney

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  By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher “A life is not important except in the impact it has on others.”-Jackie Robinson  No sport matches baseball when it comes to inspirational life quotes. Crazy Shirts President Scott Maroney must have absorbed some of these lessons growing up as a promising player in Southern California. “I played baseball from a very young age,” says Maroney. “I was drafted by the Angels as a left fielder right out of high school.” Just before leaving home for his first stop in the Angels’ minor league ... Read More

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