April 2018

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How Did Hawai‘i’s Public Schools Rank in 2016–2017?

We’ve ranked Hawai‘i’s public schools from the best-performing to the worst, using official state Department of Education data. How does your school measure up?

These Local Dog Detectives Sniff Out Everything From Drugs to Diseases

We’ve long used dogs in police work for drug detection and in disasters to find people trapped in rubble. Now, their great sniffing ability is being used in a wider array of fields—from medicine to security to conservation.
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2018 Faces of Hawai‘i

(Special Promotional Section) Learn more about prominent Hawai‘i leaders and businesses in this special-section black-and-white photo essay.

How Did Hawai‘i’s Public Schools Rank in 2016–2017?

We’ve ranked Hawai‘i’s public schools from the best-performing to the worst, using official state Department of Education data. How does your school measure up?

Building Your Dream House? The 2018 Home & Garden Show Can Help

(Sponsored) The three-day home improvement expo takes place this Friday, May 4, through Sunday, May 6, at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

How Hawai‘i’s Schools Are Tackling Chronic Absenteeism

A prime predictor of future economic and emotional instability, and even prison time, chronic absenteeism affects large numbers of Hawai‘i public school students. Last school year, nearly 27,000 students got in trouble for missing too much school. Helping them show up consistently will take a community effort.

These Local Dog Detectives Sniff Out Everything From Drugs to Diseases

We’ve long used dogs in police work for drug detection and in disasters to find people trapped in rubble. Now, their great sniffing ability is being used in a wider array of fields—from medicine to security to conservation.

Can Hawai‘i’s Latest Schools Superintendent Reform Our Public Schools?

After heading two very different school systems that each faced controversy, New York native Christina Kishimoto sees reason to believe Hawai‘i’s much-maligned public schools can adopt innovative school reform that helps students succeed.

Pack Your HydroFlask—The Waikiki Spam Jam Goes Green for 2018

(Sponsored) This year’s festival on Saturday, April 28, will further its green initiatives with water stations, recycling bins and by encouraging restaurants to go plastic-free.

5 Spots That Are Making Kapolei the Next Foodie Destination on O‘ahu

What to eat now in the island’s Second City.

6 Fruiting Plants You Can Grow On Your Own Lānai

No garden? No problem.

From Our Files: Moments from Hawai‘i’s Past–April Edition

A look back at Honolulu from April 1923 to 2003. Stories taken from the archives of Paradise of the Pacific and HONOLULU Magazine.

This Plantation-Style Village Helps Hawai‘i’s Once-Homeless Families

The first 30 families moved in in mid-January. When all phases are complete, Kahauiki Village will include 153 modular homes and more than 600 residents.

This Local Book Helps Children Deal With Absent Parents

A new book by a successful banker who abandoned her family for drugs could prove useful to young children who’ve been left behind, whatever the reason.

Afterthoughts: Wingin’ It

He’s ruffled my feathers and put a song in my heart.

Quote Unquote: What It’s Like Being CEO of the Humane Society—With Cat Allergies

Starting as a volunteer for the Hawaiian Humane Society after college, Lisa Fowler, who has worked full-time at the nonprofit for seven years, took the helm of the organization after longtime CEO Pamela Burns died last September. The lifelong animal lover, who has two rescue dogs and a cat with her husband, is overseeing the construction of the state’s first high-volume spay-and-neuter clinic and the nonprofit’s 5-acre campus in West O‘ahu.

P.F. Chang’s Waikiki Celebrates 10 Years with Shoes for Brews

(Sponsored) Donate a new pair of shoes on Saturday, April 14, and receive a free beer.

Grab Your Forks and Get Ready for Grand Lānai Restaurant Week 2018

(Sponsored) From April 9 through 16, eight International Market Place eateries will offer prix fixe menus at special prices.

Field Notes: Speak French? You’ll Love This Group of French Speakers and Francophiles

Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: Alliance Française Hawai‘i.
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