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December 2018: Table of Contents


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Pai Honolulu is our Editor’s Choice for Best New Restaurant in the 35th annual Hale ‘Aina Awards. Turn to page 54 to read about some of this year’s winners. 


The 35th Annual Hale ‘Aina Awards

For more than 30 years, our readers have named the best restaurants in Hawai‘i. This year, we take a look at Peter Merriman’s influence in the Islands, follow Pai Honolulu chef Kevin Lee through Chinatown, help you navigate Amuse Wine Bar’s self-serve taps and celebrate three original Hale ‘Aina honorees that are still winning today.

by catherine toth fox with james charisma, robbie dingeman, katie kenny, jayna omaye, don wallace and katrina valcourt


SEE ALSO: 35th Annual Hale ‘Aina Award Winners: The Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i


The Best Lawyers in Hawai‘i

When you need a lawyer, you want the best. Here are 402, excerpted from The Best Lawyers in America, who can help you when you’re in a pinch.


Dream Weaver

It began when a boy found lau hala hats. Now Marques Hanalei Marzan is one of Hawai‘i’s top fiber artists weaving history and the future of this cultural practice into artwork shown around the world.

by carlyn tani



December Picks

Mark your calendar for a lineup of comedy, concerts, fashion, film and more happening this month.

By Christi Young




Merry Mele

Award-winning artists bring music and message together in a mix of new albums for holiday gifts and beyond.

BY Robbie Dingeman


Da Meter

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




Fans of the Harry Potter series can now read the first book in Hawaiian (with more to come!).

BY Enjy El-Kadi


SEE ALSO: Meet the Muggle Translating the “Harry Potter” Books into the Hawaiian Language


Quote Unquote: He’s Got Mail

Tony Bacalso, a 38-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, is one of the longest-serving parcel post machine operators at the airport post office, processing and sorting hundreds of packages that make their way to his station every day. With the busy holiday season in full swing, the Mililani resident, 62, and his crew, who clock in at 4:30 p.m. and get off just past midnight, are a crucial shift: They need to meet their deadline so packages make it on the late outgoing flights.

by jayna omaye


Field Notes: On Your Mark

Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: Honolulu Marathon Clinic.

By Catherine Toth Fox



Cover Girl

Cool boots, Lola & Pilar Hawai‘i, local stocking stuffers and Jana Lam’s new travel collection:

By stacey Makiya and brie thalmann



Editor’s Page: Mahalo to a High School Foodie

If it wasn’t for one of my best friends, I may not have ventured outside life next to a Lazy Susan.



Inside HONOLULU: Making Headlines in 2018

Some of our funniest and most groan-worthy headlines that didn’t make the cover of HONOLULU Magazine.

by christi young


Afterthoughts: Winter Wonder

How can we make it feel like the holidays when it is 84 degrees?

By Katrina Valcourt

From Our Files

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




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