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Oils of Aloha: Utilizing Hawai‘i's Natural Wonders for Skincare, Cooking and More

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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

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

Souvenir Patrol: Honolulu Police Department Merchandise Benefits the People Behind the Badge

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By Kent Coules, Publisher Interior of the HPRA store, and their popular "Aloha" shirt [hprahawaii.org] Finding the perfect souvenirs to bring home from your Hawai‘i vacation is never easy. If you’re on the prowl for something authentically local but that’s still suspiciously out of the ordinary, follow your leads to 1537 Young Street. Sitting just outside of the jurisdiction of the Honolulu Police Department’s Waikīkī precinct, you’ll find a great store with a great cause: the Honolulu Police Relief Association (HPRA) Store. I staked out the store recently to find out ... Read More

Fabric Mart: Home to the Coolest Souvenirs in Waikīkī!

Posted in: Shopping

Here’s a dilemma that most visitors to Hawai‘i can relate to: your vacation is winding down, you want to get something for all your family and friends back home, but you’ve already spent a lot of money and you only have so much room in your luggage. Today we’re going to turn you on to an amazing discovery—Fabric Mart on Kalākaua Avenue, right at the edge of Waikīkī. Now, you may be surprised to learn—like we were—that Fabric Mart sells more than just bolts of fabric, sewing patterns, needles and ... Read More

Sharing the Aloha: When Name Brands Jump from the Mainland to Hawai‘i and Vice Versa

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Food & Drink, Shopping

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

Hawai‘i's Farmers' Markets: So Much More Than Just Produce

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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

Hawaiiana and Beyond: O‘ahu’s Vintage Shops Reveal History and Tickle Nostalgia

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor A selection of vintage Aloha shirts at Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts [Photo Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts] Hawai‘i is well known for its shopping opportunities—from Waikiki’s luxury stores to its kitschy souvenirs, from big-box outlets to small pop-ups by local artisans. But for some, shopping isn’t all about hunting down the hottest brands or trendy designs. Sometimes, a little trip into the way-back machine is in order. Hawai‘i’s unique history and isolated locale make it a great spot for seeking out vintage goods. Visit ... Read More

Geeking Out in Hawai‘i: How to Get Your Geek On During Your Visit

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Once upon a time, “geek” meant the opposite of cool. If you read comic books or played Dungeons & Dragons, if you enjoyed math or science or had a hobby outside “the norm,” you were often the target of ridicule and shunned by the popular crowd. Today? Media inspired by comics and games is big business, geeks like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have inherited the world, and everyone from Hollywood to your grandma is in on the action. Geeky passions run deep and they ... Read More

Going Out on O‘ahu: The Charms of Honolulu's Chinatown

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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

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

Posted in: Culture & History, People, Shopping

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

Top 10 Reasons to Visit O‘ahu

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher O‘ahu, known as “The Gathering Place” is home to the State Capitol, Honolulu. It is where the royal family settled following the consolidation of Hawai‘i into one kingdom in 1810. There is something to be said for that. They could have settled anywhere; they chose Honolulu O‘ahu is the second oldest and third largest island in the chain and is home to the majority of the state’s population When considering which island is the best fit for your next vacation, here are ten reasons why O‘ahu ... Read More

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

Touring Crazy Shirts' Headquarters

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By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Have you ever wanted to work in a treehouse surrounded by cool toys? Well, Crazy Shirts’ headquarters in Halawa isn’t that, buuuuut it kinda sorta is. A few of us from This Week were lucky enough to be granted a tour of the Crazy Shirts facility, and I gotta say, this is easily one of the coolest offices I’ve ever seen. Built in 1983, the entire structure is made from wood, making it stand out from the neighborhood’s other more warehouse-y type buildings. As we ... Read More

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

Posted in: Environment, Events, People, Shopping

  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

Convenience Is As Simple As ABC Stores: An Interview with Paul Kosasa

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 By Kent Coules, This Week Publisher My first question to ABC Stores President and CEO Paul Kosasa is about “convenience” because that’s the best word I can come up with to describe an ABC Store, even though it feels so inadequate. “Well, it IS convenience, but not in the American vision,” says Kosasa, son of founders Sidney and Minnie Kosasa. “It’s more like a mini department store; very disciplined, clean, with products never out of place.”  Yeah, that’s it. But...is it? If I had a dollar for every time a visitor ... Read More

Best Deals on Maui Activities Brought to You by This Week

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Shopping, Things to Do

by Kent Coules, This Week Publisher   Visiting Maui is expensive. If you’ve already made your reservations, you know that. Maui has the highest lodging prices of any Hawaiian island, and that’s saying something. So when visiting the Valley Isle, you might enjoy some budgetary relief by trimming costs here and there. It’s not only easier on the wallet, it might make it easier for you to stay in that much needed relaxed frame of mind. If that sounds like a plan, then read on for money saving tips (many ... Read More

Best Deals on Oahu Activities Brought to You by This Week

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 by Kent Coules, This Week Publisher   Visiting Hawaii can be expensive. Take it from someone who lives here.  That should not discourage you from visiting, however. Read on for money saving tips (many courtesy of This Week Oahu) as well as a few of our choice recommendations. If you’re into Pacific Island culture, then you’re going to want to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center. There are no free admissions to this landmark attraction, but if you book directly through them at polynesia.com/week or calling 808-293-3451, you can get a ... Read More

To Do on Oahu: Rainy Day Activities

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Shopping, Things to Do

Rolling blue waves, sandy shores, brilliant sunshine, palm trees swaying gently overhead. These are usually the first images that spring to mind when dreaming of a Hawaiʻi vacation. But what happens when you pull back the curtains of your windows to find gray clouds and darkening skies? 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 ... Read More

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

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

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

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

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