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January 2018: Table of Contents



HONOLULU Magazine January 2017 Cover
On The Cover: The Bistecca alla Fiorentina from Arancino at The Kāhala features a 32-ounce sous-vide tomahawk steak. Read about it and other Hale ‘Aina Award-winning restaurants on page 52.
Photo: Steve Czerniak

The Sour Poi Awards

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2017—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.

by robbie dingeman


The 2018 Hale ‘Aina Awards

For more than three decades, our readers have been naming the best restaurants in Hawai‘i. This year, we take a look at some of the newest chefs making waves in popular restaurants, as well as dig into a few longtime-favorite spots to find out the secrets to their success.

by catherine toth fox, don wallace, mari taketa and maria kanai



A Pine Tradition

Local Boy Scouts troop arranges more than 1,000 kadomatsu for the new year.



January Picks

Start off the year right with a family-friendly fun run, a two-day conference for entrepreneurs, an epic citywide race for buried treasure and more.

BY Marisa Heung


Artistic License

Specialty plates raise money for Hawai‘i’s national parks.

BY Jayna Omaye


Surf the Net

New state website provides up-to-date information on water-quality conditions at beaches.



Da Meter

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



Eddy Would Paint

Longtime Hawai‘i artist Eddy Y has designed surf scenes and vintage automobiles on clothing for more than 30 years. Now, he’s expanding to include casual home furnishings.

by James Charisma


Top Cop

Quote Unquote: Susan Ballard

Interview by Robbie Dingeman


Field Notes: Come to the Dark Side

Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: The Pacific Outpost of the 501st Legion.

By Tiffany Hill



Moms à la Mode

Moms tell us how they run companies, families and their style games; Kini Zamora’s new palaka prints and local boutiques making moves.

by stacey makiya and brie thalmann



Comfort & Joy

Hawai‘i-inspired quilts, feng shui fixes for the new year, Hound & Quail’s new digs and more.



EDITOR’S PAGE: Changing of the Guard

People making a difference.



Afterthoughts: Squid Craft

Relaxing by staying busy.

by katrina valcourt


From Our Files

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

by jayna omaye


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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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