Wake Hawai‘i to Launch Major Kailua Expansion

Wake and Wander Hawai‘i will undergo a major expansion of its distribution network in Kailua, O‘ahu, during the second half of January.

The effort will include the placement of ten newspaper boxes at key points around town, where the travel newspaper will be available for free pickup. Exact locations will be announced soon.

Wake and Wander Hawai‘i is adding to an already strong presence in Kailua, which includes distribution at Safeway, Times, Morning Brew, Kalapawai Market (Kailua Beach), Aaron’s Dive Shop, and others. You can see a full list of locations here.

You can follow Wake and Wander Hawai‘i’s expansion and get the latest details and inspiration on Instragram. You can also sign up for home delivery.


Wake Hawai‘i Editor Selected for Journalism Panel in Honolulu

Wake and Wander Hawai‘i Editor Will McGough has been selected to take part in a panel to discuss the changing media landscape in Hawai‘i. He will be representing both print and niche market journalism. Please see the event details below:


Wake Hawai‘i Opens Waikīkī Location

Wake and Wander Hawai‘i is now available for pickup at a news rack in Waikīkī, in front of the Moana Surfrider Hotel. Its location on Kalakaua Avenue puts it in front of the thousands of visitors who stroll the street each day.

“I am excited to have a presence amongst all the publications created for tourists,” said Will McGough, Publisher and Editor. “As Hawai‘i’s only local travel publication, I hope we can be of service to visitors and show them a deeper side of our islands.”

Other new locations include the Hawai‘i Theatre and the 2015 Best New Restaurant Winner, the Pig and the Lady. You can see a list of all locations here.



Hidden in Plain Sight at Po‘ipū


Photo of the restoration efforts at Kāneiolouma in 2008.

We finished eating our plate lunches on one of the picnic tables at Po‘ipū Beach and returned to the car. As we turned back onto Po‘ipū Road, I noticed piles of sharp, volcanic rock in a field to my right. I made a comment to my friend that it looked like an old lava flow, and we continued north towards Līhu‘e.

I spent the next few days adventuring. I surfed a bit, and I hiked near Kalalau Overlook in Waimea Canyon. I also did a bit of relaxing. I spent one morning sitting at Java Kai in Kapa‘a, reading the news. Scrolling through, a story caught my eye, one in, of all places, a Native American publication. It told the story of an ancient Hawaiian village being unearthed on Kaua‘i. A place called Kāneiolouma.

It was this way, by complete accident, that I discovered the piles of rocks at Po‘ipū were much more than piles of rocks.

That afternoon, I drove back to Po‘ipū, to the place I passed by a few days earlier without much of a second thought. I wondered how many other times in my life I had driven by something of such importance without even knowing.

I parked in the Po‘ipū Beach parking lot. I could see many people on the beach and others at Brennecke’s. I walked mauka from the lot to the intersection of Hoowili and Po‘ipū roads. There, at the corner, I found a series of signs on a viewing platform. In front of me was an expansive complex. I could see the outline of what looked like old rock walls.

Ke Kahua O Kāneiolouma, or the Kāneiolouma Complex, has been under restoration for more than a decade. Officially, though, it all started in 2009 with the creation of the Hui Mālama O Kāneiolouma, an independent non-profit organization. Then, phase one of a four-phase master plan began.

So far, researchers have uncovered a 13-acre complex that contains habitation, cultivation, sporting, assembly, and religious structures. Remnants of house sites, fishponds, taro fields, irrigation channels, shrines, and altars have been found. Near its center, there is what may be the only intact Makahiki (ancient Hawaiian new year festival) sporting arena in the state. The complex is believed to date back to the mid-1400s and is referred to as a wahi pana, or a storied place.


Photo of the progress and restoration efforts at Kāneiolouma in 2015.

Currently, the project is fundraising for phase three of the project, which seeks to reconstruct the internal rock walls, rebuild the traditional houses, and restore the fish ponds and taro farms. Eventually, the fourth phase of the project will connect Kāneiolouma with Po‘ipū Beach Park and begin to integrate the public. As of now, public viewing is limited to the platform at which I stand.

This project is perfectly in line with other cultural efforts taking place on the island. Despite the relatively unknown status of Kāneiolouma, one of the things I have to give Kaua‘i credit for is its movement towards educating and labeling heiaus, as might happen in, say, Asia at a Buddhist temple. For example, one of the days in Kapa‘a, I stumbled upon a heiau that used to be a navigation point for sailors. At its entrance was a sign that read, “This is not a scenic point. It is a scared site.” It had a short list of inappropriate behaviors, i.e. sunbathing.

That is exactly what most people were doing at nearby Po‘ipū Beach. I didn’t want to embarrass anyone, or make myself seem superior when I only discovered it by accident, so I didn’t go around asking anyone on the beach if they knew what lay just behind them. I sat on the platform and watched the cars go by, turning into and out of the intersection at Hoowili and Po‘ipū. Further down the road I remembered passing surf shops and resorts.

“If we sit idle too much and watch these ruins become ruins and don’t look at its importance as perpetuating these places, then all it’s going to be is a forgotten tale,” said Ke‘eaumoku Kapu, High Chief of Maui.

Hopefully now, unlike me, you can discover it on purpose.

Wake Hawai‘i Featured on Television

Wake and Wander’s Editor Will McGough made two television appearances last week to promote Wake and Wander Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i  News Now and KITV spoke with McGough about Wake and Wander’s position as the islands’ only travel publication for local residents. He also talked about the disconnect between how we tell stories in real life and how we tell stories in the new media, which inspired him to revamp print media in the digital age.

Please find the two clips below:

Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather – KITV Channel 4

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL