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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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Colin Nishida, Beloved Chef and Restaurateur, Leaves a Culinary Legacy

Colin Nishida

An entire community remembers the owner of Side Street Inn.


Closing of Popular Lanikai Pillbox Hike Delayed Until Further Notice

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

The state asks for public input as it works to repair the old concrete observation stations on the trail, commonly known as “pillboxes.”


First Look: Panda Dimsum in Kalihi

Panda Dim Sum

Frogs, hedgehogs and bees, oh my! This spot dishes up cute, Instagrammable dumplings.


Kaimukī Gets da Shop, a New Kind of Bookstore and Event Space

Da Shop

It takes guts to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the days of instant online gratification, but in da Shop, local publisher Bess Press has found a way to allow fickle/loyal readers to have their cake and eat it, too.


20 Great O‘ahu Hikes

Explore 20 great adventures that offer beautiful vistas, waterfalls and more.



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