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Talking Story with Fair Wind Cruises’ Alex Dant: How a Bad Mooring Started an Iconic Business

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher When I ask Fair Wind Cruises VP of Operations Alex Dant to sum up how the business has changed over 48 years, he says, “When we started, it was about going out with our guests and enjoying nature. Today we also teach our guests how to protect the resources. That’s part of our kuleana (responsibility).” Fair Wind takes their role in protecting their work environment very seriously. For several years, all Fair Wind boats have run on bio-diesel fuel, which consists of recycled vegetable oil and ... Read More

Chasing Waterfalls and Sea Caves: An Unforgettable Adventure with Nā Pali Riders’ Chris Turner

Posted in: Things to Do

by Publisher Kent Coules When you read reviews from boat adventure companies, you’ll see glowing reviews like:  “Our guides Tony and Matt were awesome.” “Our captains Cathy and Mike were amazing.”  When you read the reviews for Nā Pali Riders, however, you’ll only see one captain, one guide. That’s because every Nā Pali Riders Zodiac Adventure is led by owner/operator Chris Turner. On a recent Saturday morning, I had the privilege of experiencing the entire Nāpali Coast with Chris, along with my coworkers and friends Stephen McVicar, Robin Kennedy and Wade Oshio. ... Read More

NorthShore Zipline Company: Zipping Down the Up Country

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

by Savannah Coules, Guest Contributor If you’re seeking an adventure—one that’s surrounded by nature, with a bit of World War II history mixed in—then NorthShore Zipline on Maui should be on your must-do list.  The Hai‘kū adventure park offers beautiful views from impressive heights. The staff is friendly and adaptable, looking to provide a safe, educational experience for the whole group while treating each customer as an individual. My group included a couple of surly teenagers and wary, self-proclaimed acrophobes (that’s someone afraid of heights), and everyone left happy. It’s a ... Read More

The Capitol District: Home of Hawai‘i’s Government Landmarks

Posted in: Culture & History, The Arts, Things to Do

By Fern Gavelek Neighborhoods like Chinatown and Waikīkī tend to get all the attention, but if youʻre into history and cool architecture, Honoluluʻs Captiol District is certainly worth checking out. Located in Downtown Honolulu, the Capitol District boasts architectural treasures with fascinating histories. Metered parking is available at the Frank Fasi Municipal Building lot on the left-hand corner of King and Alapa‘i Streets. TheBus offers several routes to the area.   Hawai‘i State Capitol415 S. Beretania St., between Richards and Punchbowl Sts. Marking its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Hawai‘i State ... Read More

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

Posted in: People, Things to Do

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

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

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

O‘ahu’s Gold Coast: A Getaway from Waikīkī Located in Waikīkī

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog, Food & Drink, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor If you’re not feeling up to the hustle and bustle of Waikīkī, but accommodations on the North Shore or out on the Westside feel a bit *too* far away from everything, might I suggest… Waikīkī? Or rather, a stretch of beach known as the Gold Coast. It's still technically Waikīkī, but it's removed enough from the action to feel almost like a different island. Waikīkī and beyond, as viewed from the Gold Coast My significant other and I stumbled upon this area quite by accident. ... Read More

Must See Attractions: Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Keeps History Alive

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

By Fern Gavelek A visit to O‘ahu isn’t complete without time spent at Pearl Harbor’s landmarks. There are four distinct historic sites: the two bookends of WWII with the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri Memorials, plus museums detailing the air and submarine war efforts. A great starting point is the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, gateway to all four sites. A Pleasant Hawaii tour can take the hassle out of securing tickets and coordinating tour times among sites.  Pearl Harbor National Memorial: USS Arizona Memorial An aerial perspective of the USS ... Read More

Don't Miss These Waikīkī Landmarks: A Rich History Along America's Most Famous Beach

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

  By Fern Gavelek Legendary Waikīkī Beach is home to two historic hotels — and you don’t have to check in to check them out! Free public tours are available at both properties and they each have been beautifully restored. Another popular landmark is the Duke Kahanamoku Statue, which stands sentinel right on the beach and is often adorned with lei, especially during the annual Duke’s OceanFest.     Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa Known as the “First Lady of Waikīkī,” the Moana opened in 1901 as Waikīkī's first, sizeable ... Read More

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

Posted in: People, Things to Do

“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 Must-Do for Book Lovers: The 72nd Annual Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Booksale

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor and Bibliopile Books, books and more books at the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Booksale at McKinley High School Over 150,000 individual books, in more than 70 different categories, with about 15,000 shoppers passing through over the course of nine days. If this sounds like a big, epic deal, that’s because it is. I’m talking about the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Annual Booksale at McKinley High School. Now in its 72nd year, this megalithic shopping event is a dream for both casual ... Read More

Waimea Valley: The Many Facets of the North Shore's Hidden Treasure

Posted in: Culture & History, Editor's Blog, Environment, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor A taro patch, just one of the many culturally significant collections of flora found in the valley This weekend we took a drive up to O‘ahu’s North Shore and visited Waimea Vally. I last visited this site about 20 years—and at least two landowners owners—ago. In fact, it’s been so long that I can’t really remember much about how it was back then compared to how it is today. What I can tell you is that the Waimea Valley of today is a more than ... Read More

Buses, Bikes or Boots: Getting Around O‘ahu Without a Car

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor TheBus is not only convenient, but it's also a good value One of the prices of living in paradise is the traffic we on O‘ahu have to contend with. For the last several years, Honolulu’s traffic woes have ranked among the worst in the nation. Fortunately, we have a number of alternatives to driving. Keep these in mind and you may manage to avoid a little traffic and a bunch of stress. You’re on vacation, after all! There are, of course, the countless tour shuttles ... Read More

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

Posted in: People, Things to Do

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

To Do on Maui: Rainy Day Activities

Posted in: Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Yes, it rains even in paradise. It doesn’t happen often but when it does, what do you do? You could wait it out. NEVER! Why would you do that when Maui is full of so many fun things to do, rain or shine! We’ve compiled a list of our top things to do on the chance that Maui releases the flood gates.   MAUI OCEAN CENTER It doesn’t matter if you have kids or not—Maui Ocean Center is a treat for all ages! They ... Read More

Planning Your Maui Vacation: Five Must Do Activities on Maui

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

Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. With so many exciting and unique things to do here in the islands, it can be hard to decide what’s worth doing and way too easy to overlook some winners. No worries, we got you! Here are a few must-do activities on Maui that we think you should add to your bucket list, just so you can check them off when you get here! Attend a Lūau Experience Hawaiian culture at an authentic lūau [Photo courtesy Old Lahaina Luau] A luau is more than ... Read More

Coral Crater Adventure Park: Conquering Fear and Having Fun in Kapolei

Posted in: Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher Climbing the Adventure Tower is just one of many fun activities at Coral Crater Adventure Park Adventure is in Jim Owen’s blood. Prior to opening Coral Crater Adventure Park in Kapolei in 2017, he spent a good portion of his life practicing what he now preaches to guests. “At 17, I spent a year in Thailand as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, living in a monastery for a month. I wore a plain cotton robe, never spoke and meditated from dawn to dusk.” After attending Hawai‘i ... Read More

Hula in Hilo: The 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Hula Kahiko performance [Courtesy Merrie Monarch Festival] A journey undertaken by ancient ancestors, the love between a man and woman, the gentle sway of palm trees beneath the light of a full moon...these are just some of the stories told through the art of hula. With no written language prior to western contact, the Hawaiian people used this revered art form to pass down the myths, legends and history of their people. Dancers trained rigorously and performances were taken seriously. As of April 21 and through April 27, hula hālau (hula ... Read More

2019 Waikiki Spam Jam: Celebrating a Canned Delicacy While Helping Those in Need

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Events, Food & Drink, Things to Do

By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Which Spam variety is your favorite? Who doesn’t love food? Who doesn’t love a street festival? Put them together and you’ve got a street festival celebrating one of the most perfect foods around. I’m talking, of course, about Waikiki Spam Jam, taking place this Saturday, April 27, along Kalākaua Avenue. Hawai‘i has a special love for this canned meat, dating back to its introduction to the islands during WW II. Since then, Spam has become a staple of local households and cuisine, having adapted itself ... Read More

Camp Maui: Where History Meets Adventure

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

By Lauren LaDoux, Maui Sales Director Camp Maui in its heyday Not many people know this, but O‘ahu isn’t the only island where you can find historical landmarks from World War II. Maui has it’s own little gem up in the North Shore called Camp Maui. Camp Maui’s owner, Derek Hoyte is a history buff who combined his love of adventure with his love of history and started North Shore Zipline which is located on the camp. Camp Maui's rich history will excite any enthusiast. The property was the home base and ... Read More

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