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December 2017: Table of Contents



HONOLULU Magazine December 2017 Cover
On The Cover: Read about the history and culture of kalo, along with innovative uses for the storied plant, on page 48. Plant from Waimānalo Research Station.
Photo: Steve Czerniak

The Essential Guide to Kalo

Kalo, or taro, is one of the most important foods for Native Hawaiians. Read about the culture, history and innovative new uses for the storied plant, along with some of our favorite dishes, from poi mochi doughnuts to pa‘i‘ai.

by catherine toth fox, with james charisma and maria kanai


The Words Behind the Picture Brides

After 35-plus years as a dressmaker, author Barbara Kawakami went back to school, earned a college degree and published her first book at age 53, followed by the award-winning Picture Bride Stories last year.

by ashley mizuo


The Best Lawyers in Hawai‘i

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



New Tree in Town

Helemano Farms in Wahiawā.



December Picks

For a Christmas that’s merry and bright, honor those who serve, hear an award-winning artist perform holiday favorites, complete the fourth-largest marathon in the U.S. and more.

BY Marisa Heung


Barefoot Days, Electric Nights​

Reporter serves up a slice of 1960s Honolulu.

BY Robbie Dingeman


Da Meter

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



Can Hawai‘i Cannabis Help End the Opioid Epidemic?

Now that medical marijuana is legal, a homegrown substitute beckons.

by Don Wallace


A Big Voice for Equality

Quote Unquote: Esera Tuaolo

Interview by Don Wallace


Field Notes: Wordplay

Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: the Honolulu Scrabble Club.

By James Charisma



Just Chill

Holiday floral tips from Meleana Estes, on-trend winter fashions.

by stacey makiya and brie thalmann


‘Ono: Food and Dining

Quick Bites

Explore a new café, dine at a new beer-focused pub, tour a bakehouse and try boozy yogurt.

by catherine toth fox



EDITOR’S PAGE: Keeping it Local

And celebrating homegrown.



Afterthoughts: Alone Time

What it’s like for a control freak to travel solo.

by katrina valcourt


Celebrations: Hau‘oli Lā Hānau

Every month, we celebrate the anniversaries of local companies and organizations.

by ashley mizuo


From Our Files

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

BY Ashley Mizuo


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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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