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February 2017: Table of Contents



HONOLULU Magazine Feb 2017 Cover
On the cover: Chinatown bursts with culture and great food. Here, dumplings at Fook Lam Restaurant.
Photo: Steve Czerniak

The Insiders’ Guide to Chinatown

Chinatown is one of Honolulu’s most interesting neighborhoods, packed with delicious treats, cheap produce, hidden deals and compelling characters—we’ll show you how to find them all. We also dig into a couple of the more serious perennial issues, including homelessness and crime, that are still holding Chinatown back.

by don wallace and the honolulu magazine team


Air Apparent

Drones have become part of our everyday lives. Here’s how this hovering technology is affecting businesses, the environment and the local community.

by tiffany hill


Tooth and Nail

Why has Hawai‘i fought fluoridation, despite the state’s dismal dental decay?

by james charisma


Best Dentists

HONOLULU Magazine helps you find the dentist you need, whether it’s for a routine checkup or more specialized work, with this list of the best dentists in the Islands, as recommended by other dentists.



Awesome Blossom

Hawaiian flower foraging.



February Picks

Love is in the air this month, with Michael Bolton, Journey, free dogs, a magic show and more.



A new tool lending library

Between Re-use Hawai‘i’s ample selection of salvaged building materials and Honolulu Tool Library’s inventory, O‘ahu can boast a one-stop D.I.Y. sustainability center.

By Don Wallace


Da Meter

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



Finding Kukan

How one female Chinese-American filmmaker inspired another, decades later.



Art at Artizen

A new exhibit aims to bring more people, and money, to the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.

By katrina valcourt


Quote Unquote: Carnival Time

Since he was 12, Scott Fernandez has worked at E.K. Fernandez, Hawai‘i’s only nationally recognized circus, which Scott’s grandfather (Edwin Kane) built more than 113 years ago. Today, Fernandez runs the show as president/CEO with the same spirit and showmanship—from state fairs to Fun Factories. This month, Punahou Carnival is Feb. 3-4 and Mililani High, Feb. 17-19.

Interview BY James Charisma


Field Notes: Speed Dating

Field Note explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: HISpeedating.

By Enjy El-Kadi



Girls Meets World

Spring looks from Chanel and more, plus an interview with model Keke Lindgard.



‘Ono: Food and Dining

Going for Gold

We take a look at local beekeepers reaping a sweet harvest.

by katrina valcourt




Cooking up an adventure.




The city looks better the slower you see it.



From Our Files

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

BY michael keany


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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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