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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

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

Sun’s Out, Surf’s Up! Looks Like a Beach Day on Maui!

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An obvious perk of being on an island is that no matter which direction you head towards, you’ll soon run into a beach. When you’re on Maui, it doesn’t really matter which beach you happen upon since they’re all beautiful in their own way. Yet, some are more suited to surfing, some to swimming and snorkeling, and others just for taking a timeout while reading and listening to the waves. Here are a few notable picks from around the island. South Side KAMA‘OLE BEACHES 1, 2, 3This trio of Kīhei ... Read More

Keeping it Local with Hawai‘i’s Homegrown Businesses

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There are many ways to uplift local culture while also pleasing tourists. Let’s look at three local businesses that accompish this successfully with both pride and aloha. Maui Divers Jewelry Founded in 1958, Maui Divers Jewelry started as an undersea touring company in Lahaina before one of their fishing expeditions discovered Hawaiian Black Coral off Moloka‘i. They soon grew to become one of the leading manufacturers of precious coral jewelry in the world. They also feature Hawaiian Heirloom jewelry with designs that honor the tradition of this uniquely Hawaiian keepsake, ... 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

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

Destination: Hilo!

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Quaint Hilo hangs onto its small town charm as a residential hub of shops, restaurants and services, not yet willing to turn itself over to development. We like it that way, and so do the many visitors who slow down to enjoy its treasures. Quaint, downtown Hilo [Image by Robbyn Peck / Hilo Downtown Improvement Assoc] Park and poke around—don’t miss the colorful Hilo Farmers Market at Kamehameha Avenue and Mamo Street. Hilo is also home base for edible island favorites such as Big Island Candies and Mauna Loa Macadamia ... Read More

Beach Bound on the Big Island

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Native Hawaiian cultural sites and modern-day beachgoers mingle at Kahalu‘u Beach Park in Keauhou. Once owned by the Bishop Estate, Kahalu‘u Beach Park was deeded to the County of Hawai‘i in 1966 and became a permanent public fixture for the enjoyment of the local community. Once home to Native Hawaiian people, both commoners and chiefs, prior to Western contact, the area still contains remnants of those days. House sites, heiau (temples) and petroglyphs are visible at or near Kahalu‘u Bay. Tiny St. Peter’s Catholic Church also stands along the shore, ... 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

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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

One-of-a-Kind Souvenirs on the Big Island

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Unique isle souvenirs come in many forms—jewelry, paintings, Hawaiian quilts, quality tees, Koa wood pieces, comfortable and casual apparel, and much more. You’ll find them most everywhere you go while exploring our Big Island shopping spots. Of course, you’ll want to share mementos with family and friends, but be sure to pick up something special for yourself to remember our island paradise! “Colorful, whimsical and sometimes a little off-kilter” is how artist Cindy Coats describes her artwork. “Color is as important to me and to each painting as the subject ... Read More

Do the Hilo Hop into Hilo Hattie

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By Kent Coules, Publisher Before there was Hilo Hattie the store, there was Hilo Hattie the entertainer. Born on O‘ahu in 1901, Clarissa Haili started her career as a teacher before originating the comedy hula routine, which she’d perform for her elementary school students, long before her eventual rise to fame. Her big break came in 1936 on a cruise to Portland, Oregon. The dancer performing with the shipboard entertainment fell ill, leaving the band without anyone to do “When Hilo Hattie Does the Hula Hop.” Haili, who claimed to ... 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

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

Polynesian Cultural Center: Navigating New Waters with Delsa Moe

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  The roots of the Polynesian Cultural Center can be traced to the late 1940s when members of The Church of Latter Day Saints started a hukilau—a fishing festival with a lu‘au feast and Polynesian entertainment—as a fundraising event. From the beginning, it proved immensely popular, and eventually led to the opening of the Polynesian Cultural Center in October 1963.  The original 39 structures on 12 acres have expanded many times over the years to become a world-renowned, special place of enchantment, entertainment and education.  “We have never stopped expanding ... Read More

Going Deep with Maui Divers Jewelry’s Cole Slater

Posted in: Environment, People, Shopping, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Most successful jewelry companies don’t start out as a dive shop. But this is Hawai‘i, where unusual starts to local businesses are commonplace. With that in mind... Backstroke to 1958 when master divers Jack Ackerman and Larry Wembley took guests deep-sea diving off Lahaina, Maui. On that day, more than 200 feet below the surface, they came across something mysterious and never before seen—black coral. “Black coral is only found in waters between 150-300 feet deep off Maui,” says Cole Slater, executive vice president for Maui ... Read More

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