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January 2012: Table of Contents



The Sour Poi Awards

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

by Michael Keany and a. kam napier


The Tiki Tribe

With mugs, statues, songs and fashion, these kamaaina are carrying the kitschy, tacky tiki torch.

by david thompson


2012 Hale Aina Awards

Our readers named the best restaurants in the Islands. Plus: a handy tear-out sheet listing all the Hale Aina Award winners.

by martha cheng



Editor’s Page: Tikis and Talent

The passions that make for great magazine articles.

by a. kam napier



Our readers respond.



Our annual Photo Contest grand prize winner

Get out and go

Arts: a new gallery on Bishop Street

A new Rap Reiplinger doc

Raising funds for school supplies

Q&A: author Lee Tonouchi

Environment: Crop Sharing

Jet packs arrive in Hawaii

Field Guide: Maunakea Marketplace



A Q&A with Diane von Furstenberg, new-but-old store Dolce, new denim from Allison Izu and more.

by stacey makiya and brie thalmann


From Our Files

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

by tiffany hill


Afterthoughts: Apocalypse Soon

It’s the end of the world, again, and we love it.

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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