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April 2013: Table of Contents


On the cover: Chirashi sushi at Kinchan Sushi, shot by Olivier Koning. For more, see the Ultimate Guide to Japanese Food.


Pet Pot-purrr-ri

A pur-pur-purrrr-fect compilation of services, splurges and curiosities for the modern four-legged friend—and other creatures.

Weed, Whacked

Hawaii loves marijuana. We’re famous for it. So why has the push for legalization been such an uphill battle for its advocates? Here’s why pakalolo’s not getting legalized this year, and probably won’t be next year, either.

The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Food

The best izakayas, sushi, ramen, okazuyas, mochi and more.

Our Royal Legacies

The days of Hawaii’s alii are past, but many of the companies and organizations they inspired are still going strong today.

Editor’s Page

Bans and Morality

Sometimes the law is too big for our problems.


Our readers respond.


  • Peak Power
  • Reasons to get out and go in April
  • The Kilauea Point Lighthouse turns 100
  • Power Drills
  • The New UH Cancer Center
  • Unsolicited Advice: Stop Leading with the Bleeding
  • Field Notes: (de)Occupy Honolulu



Spring gear for guys, hardware-inspired jewelry and the cutest shop dogs in town.

From Our Files

HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific—chronicling the Islands since 1888.

Afterthoughts: Happy Returns

Birthdays aren't what they used to be. I'm OK with that.

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