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August 2019: Table of Contents


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Hawai‘i Made

We’re more than ‘ukulele, mac nuts and Kona coffee, although we love all three. Here’s a look at a few unusual industries making waves in the Islands, as well as some decades-old companies that are still committed to handcrafting in Hawai‘i.

by christi young with robbie dingeman


The Hawai‘i Writer’s Life

The Old Guard is passing, The Great Hawai‘i Novel is dead and many bookstores went AWOL. But more people than ever are writing. We talked to dozens of them about how to make it as a writer in Hawai‘i.

by don wallace


Upheaval at the Hawaiian Humane Society

The past few years have been tumultuous for the 135-year-old animal welfare organization. So what happened?

by tiffany hill



Sip Service

Learn about The Joy of Sake, the biggest sake event in the country.



August Picks

​Cap off the end of summer with two ethnic festivals, a new production of an oldie but goodie and a bunch of local journalists poking fun at news in the Islands.

By Jayna Omaye


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Entertainment: Throw and Tell

Already a hit on the Mainland, indoor ax throwing touched down in Honolulu at Blade & Timber this spring in Kaka‘ako, courtesy of Matt Bay-Singer and Ryan Henrich, two of the Missouri natives behind Breakout Waikīkī. We flannel-ed up and set off to find out who among us was best in throw. 



Da Meter

Gauging what’s hot and what’s not in Honolulu.



Environment: Going for the Gut 

Balls packed with healthy bacteria may offer a way to restore the ecosystem of the polluted Ala Wai Canal.



Quote Unquote: Kip Wilborn

Internationally known tenor, actor and director Kip Wilborn takes over this month as producing director of the 150-seat Mānoa Valley Theatre. The classically trained “singing actor” from Odessa, Texas, has performed globally—from Wagner and Verdi to Jean Valjean in Les Misérables—and served seven years on the Mānoa theater’s board. He steps in as the not-for-profit theater completes its 50th season and begins planning for the next 50.

Interview by Robbie Dingeman


Food: Spamalot

Spam musubi aficionados have 23 reasons to stop by a local eatery that’s building an empire on a mountain of rice balls.

By Mari Taketa


From Our Files: ​​1957: Hawai‘i Dedicates a Highway

One day in May, Hawai‘i drivers started going through the Ko‘olau mountain range to Kailua, instead of over it.

By christi young



Vintage Moroccan rugs, itty bitty bags with big personality, and Western-inspired alohawear.

by stacey makiya and brie thalmann


Field Guide

Monsarrat Avenue

Once a sleepy burger stop for surfers, Monsarrat Avenue has transformed over 19 years into a food and fashion scene noted for outdoorsy authenticity.



‘Ono: Food & Dining

Raising the Steaks

How Kunoa Cattle Co. began supplying O‘ahu’s supermarkets, restaurants and schools—something Hawai‘i ranchers have been trying to do for two decades.

by martha cheng​  |  Photos by Aaron K. Yoshino & LEAH FRIEL


HONOLULU Magazine August 2019 Cover

It’s not all mac nuts and coffee. Read about some of Hawai‘i’s unusual and long-time companies committed to making it in the Islands.
Cover design by James Nakamura.


Editor’s Page: Operation: Making It in Hawai‘i

What do bees, baby oysters and books have in common?



Inside HONOLULU: Dear Writers I Interviewed For This Article ...

Don’t hate me. Oh, go ahead. Hate me.

by don wallace


Afterthoughts: Waste Not, Want Not

The world’s ending. Time to give up snack packs.

By Katrina Valcourt


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