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Battleship Missouri Memorial Returns to Full Operations Schedule Beginning Memorial Day Weekend

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The Battleship Missouri Memorial announces that it will be restoring its full operations schedule beginning Memorial Day weekend. The Mighty Mo will be open to visitors daily, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the continuation of static tours as a way to safely engage about the history, firepower and legacy of the Mighty Mo. Independent exploring of the USS Missouri is also highly encouraged. “We understand travel to Hawai‘i is still recovering, but we are excited to finally be back open to our normal operational days and hours prior to ... Read More

Custom Island Tours: Right Place, Right Time

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Before Covid-19 shut down tourism, Custom Island Tours’ Carey Johnson already allowed guests to create their own tours on his five and ten passenger luxury vans. “Now our customized options are critical for a lot of people who want to tour Oahu with just their traveling party, for obvious reasons,” says Johnson. “But this isn’t something we just created for post Covid-19 travel, we’ve been operating our business this way for over eight years.”  Guests who reserve a custom island tour can select their “must stops”, choosing from Hawaiian cultural ... Read More

Beauty and the Feast Tour: Oahu's Best Circle Island Experience

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If touring the coastline of Oahu in luxury, while sampling some of the island’s best cuisine sounds like a great way to spend a day, then look no further than Fly Shuttle & Tour’s “Beauty and the Feast Tour.” “Our most popular tour allows guests to take in the spectacular coastline and mountains of Oahu,” says President Ty Lai. “In the course of one day, you’ll witness the awesome views of Hanauma Bay and Na Pali Lookouts, stroll the charming North Shore village of Haleiwa Town, and visit the most ... Read More

Cruising the Wailua River Valley With Four Generations of Smiths

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

Sharing songs and legends of the Wailua River Valley is a family tradition. In 1946, Walter Smith, Sr. and his wife, Emily, started our family business with a small rowboat and a borrowed outboard motor. Four generations later, we continue Grandpa’s tradition of sharing our love of Kauai and its rich cultural heritage. Some activities take all day or must be reserved well in advance of your arrival- especially with Covid restrictions in place. The Wailua River Cruise is a great way to sit on a covered boat, meandering up the ... Read More

Five Fascinating Facts About the Waimea Canyon

Posted in: Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

Most first time visitors to Kauai read up on the island and Waimea Canyon, nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by none other than Mark Twain, and wonder if the moniker is an overstatement. How can a canyon on the fourth largest Hawaiian island match up to the behemoth that is the actual Grand Canyon? In some ways, specifically in regards to its size, it can’t. The length of the Grand Canyon, at 277 miles, is two and half times longer than the distance between Kauai and the neighboring ... Read More

U.S. Army Museum of Hawai’i: Five “Dis-Arming” Facts about the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai’i

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Most first time visitors to Waikiki know these two things:  that Waikiki is expensive, and  they plan to visit Pearl Harbor and learn about WWII history. What most do not know is that right in their midst is the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai’i located in Fort DeRussy Park, between Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Halekulani, right on the beach. And that it is free admission.  “We support ourselves through donations and gift shop purchases,” says Cynthia Duncan, Executive Director of the museum’s dedicated non-profit organization, the Hawai’i Army Museum ... Read More

Honolulu Museum of Arts Joyful Return

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With vaccinations in full swing and hope for a safe return to shared experiences on the horizon, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents a museum-wide spring exhibition titled Joyful Return, opening April 17. Joyful Return consists of six outdoor pop-up installations and one in-gallery installation across the museum, each a mix of unexpected, interactive and evolving elements brought to life by the community. “Our first exhibition of 2021 begins with a warm invitation to our community to join us in a year-long celebration of getting back to our joyful pursuits ... Read More

Polynesian Luau's Under the Stars: Oahi Entertainment

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Things to Do

Laniakea-An Umekes Luau features a traditional Polynesian Revue focusing on our cousins across the sea. 'Oahi takes you on a journey starting right here in Hawaii, then traveling across the Pacific ocean to the place of our ancestor's origin, Tahiti. There the story of Pele, the Goddess of fire and lava, begins. Throughout the night, you will be greeted by our cousins from Aotearoa, New Zealand, and of course Samoa, with the siva afi, or fireknife performance. The spectacular show is accompanied by Big Island's Best Seafood and Poke by ... Read More

Kailani Tours’ Chris Paterson Talks Lava Tubes, Steam Vents and Waterfalls

Posted in: Big Island 2021, People, Things to Do

Some businesses are started when someone sees a void in the market. Such was the case with Kailani Tours’ Chris Paterson.  “ I had worked as a Mauna Kea tour guide, and then as a concierge at a five-star resort,” says Paterson. “I had trouble recommending tour companies to our guests. Most were large bus operators who sold on price rather than service. I saw an opportunity to create a five-star resort tour experience.”  Kailani Tours was borne out of Paterson’s mission to “become the best, most personalized tour company ... Read More

Go to the Extreme Ziplining at Climbworks Keana Farms

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Rapid heart rate. Sweating. Heightened senses. Shallow breathing. Decreased ability to feel pain. Increased strength and performance. Dilated pupils. Feeling jittery or nervous.  These are all symptoms of an adrenaline rush. Even in Hawai‘i, where people come ostensibly to relax, there are ways to get the ol’ heart racing if you so choose. At Climb Works Keana Farms you’ll get to experience the best zipline course on Oahu. There are eight side-by-side zipline runs, designed so you can see the North Shore’s famous beaches, farms and lush mountains with the ... Read More

Hilton Hawaiian Village Resumes the Waikiki Starlight Luau, Now on the Beachfront Great Lawn

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is proud to announce the return of its Waikiki Starlight Luau. The luau will now take place on the beachfront Great Lawn at the resort and will be offered every Friday, beginning March 5. “We’re very pleased to start our luau again, which has become a memorable part of many vacations at Hilton Hawaiian Village,” said Jeffrey Yedlin, hotel manager of the resort. “Our Waikiki Starlight Luau performers with Tihati Productions and our Team Members are excited about this reopening. The new location on the ... Read More

Tee it High, Let it Fly: Golfing on the Big Island

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Things to Do

If you’re a golfer, then you pretty much HAVE to golf while you’re here. If you totally get that, then you need to read on because we’re going to give you three great golf options on the Kona side that welcome visiting slicers, hackers and golf pros with friendly rates and aloha service. Makani Golf Club's signature 17th hole Makani is the Hawaiian word for “wind.” But when you first take in the 150 acres off Māmalohoa Highway near the turnoff from Saddle Road, you could be excused for thinking ... Read More

Ten Things that Make Hawai'i the Most Unique State in the Country

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Culture & History, Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher ʻIolani Palace Hawaiʻi has the only royal palaces on American soil. ʻIolani Palace, in Honolulu, is the site of the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani. Those familiar with Hawaii’s history can argue persuasively that Hawaiʻi is NOT legally United States territory, but that’s a story for another time.   Weather Honolulu is the only major U.S. city where the average high temperature is in the 80’s—TWELVE MONTHS A YEAR!   Caffeine Junkies Rejoice Hawaiʻi is the only state that grows coffee commercially. Hawaiʻi’s rich, volcanic soil ... Read More

Big Island on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

Posted in: Big Island 2021, 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

Day Trippin' on the North Shore

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

  The Perfect Time to Visit! The world-famous North Shore of Oahu, known for its huge winter swells, iconic surfing beaches and laid-back culture, had an “admission price” for visitors in the form of overcrowding pre-Covid-19.  As you read this story now, you are in the fortunate position to be visiting our island at a time where the North Shore can be experienced in a way that turns back time by fifty years.    “While it hasn’t been good for our local economy, the slower pace on the North Shore is ... Read More

Island Masterpiece

Posted in: The Arts, Things to Do

When one thinks of Paris, the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay comes to mind. In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art. In Honolulu, one thinks of…beaches? Hawaii may be an unexpected locale for a world-class art museum, but here’s where “the best small museum in the country” is located, according to former Director of the National Gallery J. Carter Brown. “The Honolulu Museum of Art’spermanent collection of artworks is truly a gem, on par with some of the most prestigious museums in the world,” says Museum Director Halona Norton-Westbrook. “That’s ... Read More

Welcome Back, We Missed You!

Posted in: People, Things to Do

Since March 26, when all the islands of Hawai’i shut down to non-essential travel, we’ve missed you, our guests. A lot has changed since we last hosted visitors to our islands.  Like the rest of the world, we’ve battled the Covid-19 pandemic with mixed results. The initial shutdown was successful in keeping the case counts low, but the economic impact was more devastating than any other state in the U.S.  Hawai’i relies heavily on tourism. Thousands of people were suddenly unemployed when hotels, tours, activities, restaurants and bars were all ... Read More

Right Place, Right Time

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Before Covid-19 shut down tourism, Custom Island Tours’ Carey Johnson already allowed guests to create their own tours on his five and ten passenger luxury vans. “Now our customized options are critical for a lot of people who want to tour Oahu with just their traveling party, for obvious reasons,” says Johnson. “But this isn’t something we just created for post Covid-19 travel, we’ve been operating our business this way for over eight years.” Guests who reserve a custom island tour can select their “must stops”, choosing from Hawaiian cultural ... Read More

USS Bowfin Welcomes Visitors To New Campus

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2020 was a very busy year for the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, even though it was closed to the public for much of it.    “We took advantage of the closures in 2020 to make a number of improvements to our campus and have been delighted by the response since we opened in November,” says Chuck Merkel, Executive Director of the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association.    The improvements include new interpretive signs for all of the outside exhibits, an outdoor play area for children, and the addition ... Read More

Traveling to the Big Island during Covid: Why Now Through May is the Best Time to Go!

Posted in: Environment, People, Things to Do

There are so many questions surrounding travel right now. Is it safe to travel? How hard is it to deal with all the safety and testing requirements? Will it be worth it when I get to the destination? The answers are: -We can’t provide that answer. That’s your call. However, we will tell you that when you get to Hawaii Island (Big Island) you’ll be in a place that has an extraordinarily low Covid-19 case count relative to the rest of the United States. In the two days prior to ... Read More

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