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Day Trippin' on the North Shore

Posted in: Editor's Blog, 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

Right Place, Right Time

Posted in: Things to Do

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

Posted in: Things to Do

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: Big Island 2021, Editor's Blog, 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

Traveling to Hawaii During Covid: Now Through May is the Time!

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Environment, People, Things to Do

Living in Hawaii watching the news of massive winter storms, severe cold and power outages across the country, I have a confession to make: we’ve been feeling the cold here too. That’s because the temperatures have been dropping into the 60’s at night (brrrr…) and residents are seen in the morning wearing their winter jackets, sweaters and closed toed shoes. Of course, by late morning we’re back to our usual mid to high 70’s and beach life returns to normal. If you’re reading this from a place with sub-freezing weather ... Read More

Captain Kauai

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Things to Do

His real name is Kaua’iikimaikalani (meaning little Kaua’i from the heavens), but when you take a tour on Kauai Sea Tours’ 60-foot Lucky Lady sailboat, custom designed for the Napali Coast, you can just call him “Captain Kaua’i”.  “I come from a long line of fisherman and boat people on my father’s side,” he says. “Some were captains of their own boats. I grew up hearing stories of them crossing the Ka’ie’ie Channel to Oahu. I was raised around the ocean.” “I grew up with my Aunty Sabra, who helped ... Read More

Sunshine Arts Offers a Piece of Hawaii to Take Home

Posted in: Editor's Blog, Shopping, The Arts, Things to Do

Sunshine Arts, with locations in the Kahalu’u section of Kaneohe and on the ground floor of the Waikiki Marriott, didn’t start out as a gallery representing the largest collection of Hawaii based artists in the world. No, it did not. Instead, according to Owner Jim Franklin, it started with a mat cutting machine, $20 and a borrowed credit card.  “I was playing guitar five days a week at Aloha Tower in the mid-90’s,” recalls Franklin. “One day I ran out of money, and my couch surfing friend Holly Kitaura, now ... Read More

Maui Activities Update: Boss Frog’s Calypso and Malolo Offering Safe (and amazing!) Ocean Adventures

Posted in: Editor's Blog, People, Things to Do

Opening in 1989 as a small shop at Anchor Square, Lahaina, Boss Frog’s has grown into Hawaii’s leading full-service rental business, with shops on Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.  “I came to Maui on our first catamaran, the Frogman, from Santa Barbara in 1987,” says owner Phil Kasper. “My son Chris and I lived in a garage in Lahaina. I worked on the Frogman during the day. At night, I waited tables.” From these humble beginnings came not only multiple stores on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, but ... Read More

Battleship Missouri Memorial Safely Welcomes Back Visitors to The Mighty Mo

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

“Of Silhouettes and Ash: The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” exhibit available through February 2021 The Battleship Missouri Memorial is pleased to welcome back visitors to the Mighty Mo beginning December 16, 2020, while implementing Center for Disease Control (CDC) health guidelines for the safety of employees and guests.  Due to Hawaii state COVID restrictions, static tours will be offered at this time. The WWII Exhibit, Crew’s Room Exhibit and CEC will be closed until further notice. During this initial reopening phase, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will be open ... Read More

Old Lahaina Lu'au - Sharing Hawaiian Culture Once Again

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

The Old Lāhainā Lū’au has prepared our authentic Hawaiian lū’au to welcome back our kama’āina (residents) and malihini (visitors) beginning December 20, 2020. We anxiously await sharing our Hawaiian culture through food, entertainment and hospitality with enhanced safety protocol in our open air beach side setting. Due to our current pandemic requirements and limitations, our seating capacity has reduced significantly, so we recommend that you book your reservations soon. Visit our website for availability and details on our safety protocol at www.oldlahainaluau.com. When you are ready to travel, your ‘ohana ... Read More

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park Reopens to the Public Beginning Friday, November 6

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

  Bowfin to reopen with new guidelines as health and safety take top priority Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (November 4, 2020) –The Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association is scheduled to reopen its USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park to the public on Friday, November 6, 2020 with advanced health guidelines in place for the safety of visitors. “We’ve taken advantage of the closures this year to make a number of improvements to our campus and we look forward to welcoming the public,” said Chuck Merkel, Executive Director of the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association. The ... Read More

Practice Aloha and Wear a Face Mask - Hawaii and COVID-19

Posted in: Events, Things to Do

A lot has changed since Hawaii shut down their islands to tourism in March when the Covid-19 pandemic took over our daily lives. The economic damage brought on by the pandemic and a shutdown of the state’s largest economic driver has been enormous. Hawaii currently has the highest unemployment rate in the nation and recovery will take years. Hawaii Coronavirus Success But with this hardship came success in keeping the virus from infesting the islands like it has in most parts of the United States and the world. As of ... Read More

What to Expect When You’re in Hawaii During Covid-19

Posted in: Events, Things to Do

Update as of February 25, 2021. See below in bold italics under each island. No matter where you’re coming from, you have been made aware of the common recommendations regarding the prevention of the spread of Covid-19. Hawaii is following the same coronavirus health protocols. Each island or county has its own guidelines for visitors to follow and they all vary slightly. Here are the common rules to follow for any island: Above all, please wear a mask at all times, adhere to physical distancing recommendations of 6 feet or ... Read More

Hawaii Opens to Tourism, Travel Requirements for Bypassing Quarantine

Posted in: Events, Things to Do

Beginning Thursday, October 15, the State of Hawaii opened its islands to visitors who follow established protocols to avoid a 14-day quarantine.  The State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels Hawai‘i program is a multilayered process designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community from trans-Pacific visitors and resident passengers arriving at airports/ports across the Islands. As part of the requirements to bypass the 14-day quarantine, visitors and returning residents must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test from one of the approved partners listed below taken within 72 hours ... Read More

What is Hawaii Uniquely Known For?

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

When you imagine a tropical paradise, Hawaii is one of the first places to come to mind. You probably picture a hammock tied up to two palm trees on the beach with a scrumptious strawberry margarita in your hand. But you can find palm trees, sandy beaches, and tasty margaritas at vacation destinations all over the world. Hawaii has all of those things and so much more. In fact, there are parts of Hawaii that you’ll only find on these specific magical islands. We’ve rounded up the top eight things ... Read More

Why Hawaii Will Be A Great Vacation Destination When Travel Re-opens

Posted in: Things to Do

In the last few months, our normal way of life has been completely upended by the coronavirus crisis. Schools and universities closed. We have to wear masks every time we leave our home. We can't get a haircut. We have to refrain from visiting our grandparents. The streets look like ghost towns.  While many states are ending their quarantines, we are spending extensive amounts of time in the same four walls. During times like these, it's comforting to let your mind wander to the last vacation you took. Many of ... Read More

Best Summer Vacation Spots on Kauai

Posted in: Things to Do

People vacation to each of the Hawaiian islands for different reasons. They visit the Big Island for the volcanoes and attractions, Oahu for the surfing and culture, Maui for the beaches… Kauai is a little different. Many people flock to Kauai for the natural scenery and serenity.  Aptly named the Garden Isle, Kauai is covered in lush jungles, quiet beaches, secret waterfalls, and dramatic cliffs. When looking for a Hawaiian vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the larger islands, Kauai provides a tranquil island escape. Are you planning ... Read More

Which Hawaiian Islands To Go To On Your Vacation

Posted in: Things to Do

When choosing a vacation destination, you can’t go wrong with choosing Hawaii. There are four major islands that make up Hawaii, including Big Island (Hawai’i), Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. Each island offers unique sides of Hawaiian culture, food, attractions, and natural beauty. When you’re ready to say aloha to adventure, you have plenty of options to choose from. Which island is the right one for you and your getaway? Keep reading to learn more about what each island offers and how that might fit your dream vacation. The Valley Isle ... Read More

Top 5 things to do on Hawai'i with Kids

Posted in: Things to Do

Journey into a land of sand, sun, and adventure when you visit Hawai'i. Bringing your kids to the Big Island is an opportunity for them to see a different side of the world and step into a paradise beyond their wildest imagination. We’ve rounded up our top five things to do on Hawai'i with your kids! Keep reading to learn about some must-see places and activities for your family's tropical escape. Hit The Hawaiian Beaches Have you ever seen pitch-black sand? With all the volcanic activity on the Big Island ... Read More

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