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HONOLULU Magazine Remembers the Decade That Was: Hawai‘i Through the 2010s

Goodbye 2010s. Hello to the next roaring ’20s!


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A Decade of HONOLULU in Review

 

2010

Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha

 

Sour Poi Awards

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2010—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.

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Best of Honolulu

Honolulu is full of amazing stuff and we found the best of it. From sandwiches to swimming lessons, first dates to funky shoes; think of this as your key to living better and cheaper in the city.

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Hale ‘Aina Awards

Each year since 1984, we’ve turned to the most discriminating food experts in town—our readers—and asked them to vote for their favorite restaurants and dining experiences in 25 categories. And vote they do, via a paper ballot enclosed within our August Restaurant Guide, or online at our Web site. (Each reader can, however, only vote one time.) The results become the Hale ‘Aina Awards, the oldest and most prestigious restaurant awards in the state of Hawai‘i.

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A Feature that Defined the Year

Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha in 2010: What a Difference a Decade Makes

HONOLULU sat down with Louis Kealoha in his first year as HPD chief. Check out what he had to say about corruption, “intelligence-led policing,” and more.

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2011

honolulu rail

 

Sour Poi Awards

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2011—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.

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Best of Honolulu

From macarons to mac-and-cheese, face-painting to surfboard shaping—we've crisscrossed the city to find the best products, services, food and entertainment, all to help you live better in Honolulu.

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Hale ‘Aina Awards

What does it take to win a Hale ‘Aina?

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A Feature that Defined the Year

All Aboard! What is the Next Stop for Honolulu Rail?

Since Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle came into office, the $5.3 billion elevated-rail project has gone into overdrive—and so have its critics. 

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2012

 

Sour Poi Awards

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2012—the dumb, the deranged and the indefensible.

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Best of Honolulu

Honolulu is packed with so much great stuff, it can be hard to know where to begin. To give you a headstart, we’ve explored the city to find the best products, services, food and entertainment—so you can make the most of everything Honolulu has to offer. 

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Hale ‘Aina Awards

By the time a restaurant  has won a Hale Aina Award from our readers, it has excelled on any number of fronts—fantastic food, terrific service, great atmosphere. But especially fantastic food. It makes that part look so easy that we take for granted the thought, technique and good, old-fashioned practice that make the dishes so unique, so irreproducible at home. You might learn Alan Wong’s recipe for ginger-crusted onaga, or Town’s recipe for gnocchi, but there’s no substitute for the experience of making it every day for years, reading each batch the way an experienced surfer reads a wave.

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A Feature that Defined the Year

The Lava Dwellers, Big Island, Hawai‘i: These People Live on One of the Most Active Volcanoes on Earth

They come for the privacy, the views, the Pele energy and the rock-bottom real estate prices. Never mind that the volcano could torch their homes at any time.

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2013

imp

 

Sour Poi Awards

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2013 — the dumb, the deranged and the indefensible.

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Best of Honolulu

Honolulu is an amazing city, packed with an ever-evolving assortment of tasty food, killer entertainment and great shopping. It can be almost overwhelming keeping track of how best to enjoy everything. We’re here to help. Our crack team of writers did their research, consulted the experts and hit the streets, all to find the best Honolulu has to offer.

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Hale ‘Aina Awards

There are 142 Hale Aina award-winning restaurants. Which means you’d have to eat at one almost every other day to try them all. It’s a daunting task. While you may not be able to cover them all, you can certainly try. Here’s a calendar year’s itinerary of Hale Aina eating: when to eat where. It’s time to get started … now.

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A Feature that Defined the Year

The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Waikīkī’s International Market Place

For most Honolulu residents, the International Market Place lost whatever appeal it might have had decades ago—along with the parking. Still, its closing represents the end of an era, which makes this a good time to rummage through the Market’s kitschy past, ponder its upscale future, and check in on the gigantic banyan tree at the center of it all.

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2014

 

Sour Poi Awards

Yes, 2014 proved to be a banner year for ridiculous happenings in Hawai‘i. Nowhere more so than on the Big Island, particularly in Puna. Residents got slapped with tropical storm Iselle, and threatened by Julio and Ana. Madame Pele sent Kīlauea lava creeping closer. The suspense apparently drove some residents to trespass, run rogue tours and even dip golf clubs and egg beaters into the lava as hot souvenirs. Storm damage knocked down albizia trees, which then closed Puna polling places. Puna voters, at least, weren’t fazed, managing to oust unrepentantly controversial state Rep. Faye Hanohano. Bring on the new year. Please.

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Best of Honolulu

We’re still obsessed with finding the tastiest food, the chic-est shopping, the hottest entertainment, the most helpful services. This time around, we found everything from the yummiest pancakes to the best jewelry repair. And we’re still checking in with you, our savvy readers, to find out your favorites from around town.

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30th Anniversary of Hale ‘Aina Awards

For three decades now, our readers have been naming the best restaurants in Hawai‘i. This year, for the 30th anniversary, we take a look at the two winningest chefs in the history of the awards, who continue to influence Hawai‘i dining today. Plus, a roundup of the restaurants you should eat at now, and a look back at 30 years of the Hale ‘Aina Awards.

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A Feature that Defined the Year

It Came From the Ala Wai: 6 Strange Creatures That Thrive in Waikīkī’s Sewage Filled Canal

What lurks in the murk of Honolulu’s most prominent drainage ditch? Lots of things, including a fish that can literally give you nightmares.

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2015

 

Sour Poi Awards

In 2015, Hawai‘i got a whole lot of new stuff it didn’t want, including a record number of tropical storms (which happily all missed us), record-breaking crazy-hot weather and traffic jams that stretched out longer than ever before. In such an unprecedented kind of year, it was almost comforting to realize that the Islands still have to deal with our share of the usual wacky news—bumbling criminals, embarrassing gaffes and, of course, rascally elected officials such as Big Island mayor Billy Kenoi, whose ill-advised pCard adventures made him the year’s favorite whipping boy for journalists and political wags alike. It somehow just wouldn’t be Hawai‘i without some lolo stuff every now and then.

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Best of Honolulu

Honolulu is the best city in the world to live in (OK, we’re a little biased), so when it comes to enjoying food and entertainment, or even finding someplace to develop your film negatives—why settle for second best? We scoured the island to find all the greatest things in town, from the crispiest roast pork, the cutest bikinis, the freshest spot for ‘ono poke, all to help you live better in this already great place.

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Hale ‘Aina Awards

8 unusual types of sushi you must try at Sushi ii.

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A Feature that Defined the Year

Photo Essay: What Do You Do When the Homeless Man on the Street is Your Father?

This photo essay is part of a photographic project I began nearly five years ago, documenting the homeless of Honolulu. During that time, I learned that my own father was living on the streets, and I began to chronicle our encounters, to try to put the experience into perspective.

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2016

pokemon go

 

Sour Poi Awards

That election season was crazy, and we’re not even talking about the national scene. Every year, HONOLULU collects the best of the worst of the past 12 months for our Sour Poi Awards—the dumb, the daft and the deranged—and, man, the antics and gaffes of an election year offer us such a wealth of options to choose from. Add in the usual array of stupid criminals, wacky mishaps and weird incidents, and we’re ready to leave 2016 behind. But let’s take a look back, for a few last laughs.

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Best of Honolulu

Honolulu’s a great city. Hey, we love it so much we named our magazine after it! And we also love finding the best stuff around town, whether it’s the most delicious new treats to sample, the chic-est shopping and fashion scores, or the most awesome entertainment, day or night.

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Hale ‘Aina Awards

Each year, HONOLULU Magazine readers vote for their favorite restaurants in the Islands. The winning restaurants were announced at a gala reception held Sept. 27, 2015 at the Royal Hawaiian’s Monarch Ballroom.

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A Feature that Defined the Year

For the First Time in 237 Years, A Hawaiian Chief’s Royal Treasures Return Home

On a cloudy Friday morning in Wellington, leaders of the Native Hawaiian and museum community marched up the steps of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa to greet their Māori hosts in a welcome that began with a ceremonial challenge and ended with two priceless Hawaiian artifacts packed in custom wooden crates to fly home to Hawai‘i.

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2017

islander of the year

In 2017 we looked back at the year before to honor the Islanders of the Year: The 7 People Who Made the Most Impact on Hawai‘i in 2016.

 

Sour Poi Awards

How about that year? Even before the indictments, the saga of Honolulu’s former police chief and his city prosecutor wife sounded ripped from a made-for-TV movie: charges of corruption and cronyism and a lavish lifestyle. 

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Best of Honolulu

So ... 2017. What a year. Still, no matter how surreal the world seems to get, there’s still a lot to celebrate here in Honolulu. From the best pizza to the best Korean plate lunch to the best deluxe movie experience, we tried it all.

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Hale ‘Aina Awards

The Pig & The Lady: from farmers market pop-up to the city’s hottest restaurant.

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A Feature that Defined the Year

Meet the Young Hawaiian Activists Who Are Making a Difference in the Islands

A new wave of Hawaiian activism is surging through our community. Beyond sovereignty debates and pushback on development, younger Hawaiian leaders are emerging and reshaping advocacy in Hawai‘i.

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2018

2018 in review

 

Sour Poi Awards

Natural disasters, an election year and the threat of immediate annihilation proved to be the newsy hallmarks of 2018 in Hawai‘i. While those stories merit serious reflection, the news of the day also prompts HONOLULU Magazine to look for some comic relief.

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Best of Honolulu

We can never pass up a good excuse to celebrate the best this city has to offer, from its fish and chips to fried chicken, wrap dresses to wedding gifts, farm tours to flower shops. This is one of the most fun features of the year, when we all get to go out and do some heavy-duty “research” on all the best food, shopping and entertainment around town.

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2018 Hale ‘Aina Awards

Each year, we devote most of an issue to our new slate of Hawai‘i’s best restaurants, as chosen by the savvy readers of HONOLULU Magazine. An annual tradition for 34 years, the Hale ‘Aina Awards are the state’s most prestigious dining honor, and we congratulate the 2018 winners. 

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35th Annual Hale ‘Aina Awards

Each year, our readers vote for their favorite restaurants in the Islands, and we have a special award-winner chosen by our staff. The top restaurants were announced at a gala reception held Sept. 30, 2018 in the Royal Hawaiian’s Monarch Ballroom. See our upcoming December 2018 issue for more on the Hale ‘Aina Awards and winners.

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A Feature that Defined the Year

Honoring the Life and Legacy of the Late U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka

Some recall retired U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka as a teacher, others as a government staffer, but most of us remember him for his 36 years in Congress and a life guided by aloha.

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2019

egg puffs

 

Sour Poi Awards

Coming soon!

 

Best of Honolulu

It’s that time of year again, when our intrepid editorial team ventures out across the island to find the best of everything—from mochi to crack seed, sunglasses to dog outfits, coworking space to cake doughnuts. We pulled together the top food, fitness, shopping, services and family-friendly picks so you can live your best life in Honolulu. 

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Hale ‘Aina Awards

We asked, more than 8,000 votes were cast, and now it’s time to unveil the winners of the 2019 Hale ‘Aina Awards!

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A Feature that Defined the Year

17 Nisei Veterans Share Stories of the Lives They Built in Hawai‘i After WWII

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.

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