January 2019: Table of Contents


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Thrifty Rich Locals

How four locals who weren’t born into family money have made it, saved it and are passing it on. Plus: 33 money-saving tips, life hacks, shopping savvy and more.

by don wallace


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A Journey of Ethnic Proportions

Hurricane threats, new fees and money troubles have suddenly forced some of Honolulu’s decades-old ethnic festivals to pivot and change course in the past few years. Some canceled. Others flourished. But adapting while keeping traditions alive is no small feat. It shows that what happens behind the scenes makes all the difference.



Sour Poi Awards

Looking back on the offbeat, obscure and outrageous news of 2018.




January Picks

Mark your calendar for a run through black-lit bubbles, 1800s-style Hawaiian music, mochi pounding and more this month.

By Christi Young


SEE ALSO: 5 Free Events in Honolulu in January 2019


Show Us the Funny

Comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Anjelah Johnson return.



Da Meter

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



Legislative Bingo

Find out what’s going on at the state Legislature this session with a rousing game of our own version of bingo. Grab a few snacks to use as markers and play along. 



SEE ALSO: The Year That Was 2018


Quote Unquote: Hawai‘i Youth Symphony music director John Devlin

After a competitive nationwide search last year, New York native John Devlin, 33, was selected as the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony’s music director from a pool of more than 80 candidates. He replaces beloved maestro Henry Miyamura, who retired after 33 years. Devlin, who served as music director of two youth orchestras in Virginia and the cover conductor of the acclaimed National Symphony Orchestra, hopes to expand music programs in underserved communities and inspire the next generation of musicians and leaders.

Interview by jayna omaye


Field Guide: 1600 Kalākaua Avenue

Field Guide tells the stories of people and businesses along Honolulu’s streets. This month: colorful fabrics, a mean sandwich and a mini Statue of Liberty.

By James Charisma


From Our Files: Barefoot Football Season Opener Draws 15,000 in 1937

This uniquely Hawai‘i adaptation of America’s rising pastime was played without pads and substituted slick ballhandling, shifty moves and multitalented stars in rolled-up dungarees. Totally homegrown and loosely organized, its inclusiveness and popularity would be the envy of local sports teams today.




Bold earrings, new shopping spots and collections, plus style resolutions for 2019.

By stacey Makiya and brie thalmann



Beyond Tofu

Twelve vegan and vegetarian dishes even meat-lovers will crave.

By Mari Taketa | Photos by Steve Czerniak

HONOLULU Magazine January 2019 Cover

The Medi Bowl from ‘Ai Love Nalo can lure even the most meat-loving townies to Waimānalo. Find out what vegan and vegetarian dishes we’re craving.



Editor’s Page: My Two Cents

Our hunt for money-saving tips is personal, at least for me.



Inside HONOLULU: Drumming Up Inspiration

A work assignment inspired me to reconnect with my Japanese heritage.



Afterthoughts: Wait For It

Let’s see if these Mainland innovations can save us some time.

By Katrina Valcourt


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9 Greatest Honolulu Homes

Great Homes

Stunning, historic, extraordinary.


Can the Mainland Do Poke Right? Do We Want Them To?​


Martha Cheng, author of The Poke Cookbook and former line, talks about how a New York City publisher decided Hawai‘i’s favorite pūpū was for everybody.


50 Essential Hawai‘i Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime


The most iconic, trenchant and irresistible island books, as voted by a panel of literary community luminaries.


Everything You Need to Know About Local Fruit in Hawai‘i


Fruits are part of our history and culture, a way for us to feel connected to our community.



A Local’s Guide to Buying Reef-Safe Sunscreen


Five Hawai‘i brands have created reef-safe sunscreens that are safe for your ʻohana and the ocean. 

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