Don Wallace

Don Wallace is the author of four books and has written for The New York Times, Harper’s, The Surfer’s Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Wine Spectator, among others. His latest book is The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village that Restored Them All. He also wrote the documentary film Those Who Came Before: The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae. He is HONOLULU Magazine’s senior editor.

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HONOLULU Staff Favorites: Movies and TV Shows to Stream Online this Halloween

After countless costume contests, themed cocktails, haunted houses and street parties, we’re happily planning on spending Halloween night in ... wearing onesies, eating candy and streaming something spooky online.
2018.10.31 06:17 PM

Film Review: Last Taxi Dance Swings, Connects and Frightens at the Same Time

The potent dramatization of Chinatown’s WWII role servicing the military via paid affection feels like a game changer in locally sourced film production.
2018.10.31 01:03 PM

New First Friday Brings Major Arts and Music Mojo Back to Chinatown

Headliners include fashion designers, local and Maoli artists, live music, burlesque, art installations, a movie premiere and a Dia de los Muertos sugar mask pop-up.
2018.10.31 01:01 PM

My Honolulu: Memories of Sandy Beach’s Manapua Man Van

Breakfast at Sandy’s—after getting whomped by shorebreak for a couple of hours—wasn’t for the faint of heart, or stomach.
2018.10.19 09:34 PM

Inside HONOLULU: Life at the Smallest Park in Our City

The toughest stories sometimes come in tiny packages.
2018.10.18 07:22 PM

Field Notes: This Little Park Below Diamond Head Road is a Hidden Outdoor Gem

Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: Mākālei Beach Park.
2018.10.09 05:43 PM

The New Reality of Vog and What We Can Do About It

With the recent unprecedented volcanic emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency has stepped in on the Big Island with measures appropriate for a major toxic event. If it’s that serious there, what’s in store for O‘ahu? We take a deep breath and examine the new reality of vog—and what we can do about it.
2018.08.31 06:11 PM

8 Places You Can Mai Tai One On This Weekend on O‘ahu​​

It’s the best way to properly toast Kona’s 10th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival while staying home here in Honolulu.
2018.08.17 05:49 PM

Watch 1944 Chinatown Come Dangerously to Life at the “Last Taxi Dance” Premiere

Head to the Hawai‘i Theatre Center on Aug. 23 to support your local filmmaking community, then head across the street for a dance party.
2018.08.16 04:23 PM

Is Aloha Poke Co. Stealing Hawai‘i Culture?

A Chicago store trademarked “Aloha Poke” and is threatening Island businesses. Can Native Hawaiians (and the rest of us) get it back?
2018.08.07 05:10 PM

Dust Off Your Broomsticks! Quidditch Could Be Coming to the Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Buying portable million-dollar floors suitable for sports was a gamble for the Hawai‘i Convention Center. But it’s opened up a new international market for volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer—even Harry Potter’s favorite sport.
2018.07.31 08:00 AM

Best of Honolulu 2018: Family

The 5 editorial and reader picks for the best for you and your ʻohana.
2018.07.30 09:12 AM
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