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December 2012: Table of Contents



The Warning Shot

Eight years before the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese-language publication hit Honolulu like a bombshell, predicting war with the United States and an inevitable Japanese victory.

by jamie bisher


The Best Lawyers in Hawaii

HONOLULU Magazine worked with the research firm of Woodward/White, publishers of The Best Lawyers in America, to bring our readers the list of the best lawyers in Hawaii.


The Everything Guide to Surfing

We invented it, we live it, we love it. Here’s how Hawaii surfs now.

by martha cheng, maria kanai and david thompson


Bad Company

The bizarre final days of Baron Dorcy.

by david thompson


Up and Coming

A new generation of architects is making its mark on the city. We spoke with one young firm doing cool stuff, Collaborative Studio, to see what they’re up to.

by a. kam napier



Editor’s Page Waves of ... Garbage?

Keeping our beaches clean begins with what we do on land.

by a. kam napier



Our readers respond.



Road to Rome

Reasons to get out and go in December

Couch Surfing

Kanikapila Reloaded

Unsolicited Advice

Food: The best bread in town

Q&A: Chris McKinney

Field Notes: The Kava Festival



Hip stationery, cozy home accessories, a new local arts and crafts shop and more.

by stacey makiya and brie thalmann


Dining: The Do-Overs

In which two decade-old restaurants give way to new ones. One is an outright replacement of the old John Dominis, the other took over a long-time Chinese greasy spoon.

by martha cheng


From Our Files

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

by maria kanai


Afterthoughts: Mahalo Rewards

How long does it take to become local?

by michael keany


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