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December 2019: Table of Contents


nisei veterans

Image: Aaron K. Yoshino



Will Hawai‘i Make Waves at the Olympics?

The countdown has begun for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ new surfing competition. What does this mean for Hawai‘i’s top surfers? What are their odds? Here’s what we know.



Soldiering On

They’re our everyday heroes in plain clothes—the revered second-generation Japanese American veterans of World War II. Fewer than 250 Hawai‘i nisei vets are known to be alive today in Hawai‘i. And the war is just part of their life stories.



Best Lawyers® in Hawai‘i 2020

HONOLULU Magazine worked with the research firm BL Rankings LLC dba Best Lawyers and Co. LLC, publishers of The Best Lawyers in America©, to bring our readers the list of the best lawyers in Hawai‘i.



Merry and Gay!

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu can be found caroling around town this month as well as in a holiday concert at Hawai‘i Theatre.


December Picks

Wrap up 2019 in an event-heavy bow with Broadway shows, sports classics and legendary musical acts to spare.

By Katie Kenny

SEE ALSO: HONOLULU Magazine’s Fall 2019 Bucket List: The 66 Best Things to Do on O‘ahu


Figure 808s

The Hawai‘i Convention Center is about to freeze over for a first-ever skating event in its exhibit hall.



10-Month Warning

How to renew your driver license in 13 minutes or less.

By Christi Young


Bloom Bright

We asked an O‘ahu grower how to treat a poinsettia. 

By Robbie Dingeman


Food: For Starters ...

Why import your party platter? We packed our pūpū board with tasty made-in-Hawai‘i bites worth going holoholo for.

By Martha Cheng


Da Meter

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



From Our Files: The Man Who Wears Two Hats

For years, about 50,000 TV fans waited every week to hear Ken Alford say, “Howdy Buckaroos.”

By Christi Young



Here Comes the Bloom

Winter’s floral prints are coming up moody with a touch of romance.

by brie thalmann


Olive Branch

Olive Boutique in Kailua expands to lifestyle décor that we are absolutely living for.

By Stacey Makiya


When Two Becomes Fun

Jana Lam’s workshop was bustling this season as her team of elves was making stockings bright, in collaboration with HONOLULU Magazine. Trust us when we say, yule love it.

By Stacey Makiya


Chic Escape

With Marina & Co. on the radar it’s sunny styles ahead.

By Brie Thalmann


HONOLULU Magazine December 2019 Cover

Yoshiaki Fujitani, 96, is one of fewer than 250 nisei veterans in Hawai‘i. Read his story, and those of other vets in the December issue.
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino.

‘Ono: Food and Dining

Feast Mode

For roughly a decade, chef Jon Matsubara opened other people’s restaurants while trying unsuccessfully to open his own. Now, Matsubara is in the kitchen of one of the most buzzable new eateries in town—and it’s finally his.

by Mari Taketa



Editor’s Page: There’s Something About a Team

The holidays are a time of indulgence. So please indulge me.



Inside HONOLULU: Ties Across Time

Sometimes you need a little (or big) push to remember what’s important.

BY Jayna Omaye


Afterthoughts: Don’t Cross Me

How does Honolulu become more walkable? By removing crosswalks.

By Katrina Valcourt


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