July 2014: Table of Contents


Best of Honolulu

Once again, we asked for your help finding the tastiest food, the chic-est shopping, the hottest entertainment, the most helpful services, and everything from the yummiest pancakes to the best jewelry repair. Here are the top reader and editorial picks of truly the best of Honolulu.

By martha cheng, stacey makiya loren moreno, natalie schack, david thompson, brie thalmann and katrina valcourt


On the Cover: Il Gelato is our editorial pick for the best gelato in Honolulu. Find all of this year’s Best of Honolulu winners starting on page 48, or in a handy tear-out after page 64.

Photo by Steve Czerniak, lettering by Matt Tapia, food styling by Karen Jones.



Hanabusa vs. Schatz

Two popular Democrats square off for a U.S. Senate seat.

By Robbie Dingeman

Art Deco In Paradise

A new exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art shows that Hawaii was a hotbed of modernist art in the years between the world wars.

By michael keany

Young Guns

Meet Honolulu’s new generation of gun owners.

by loren moreno



Prince Lot Hula Festival

The other hula festival. 

July Picks

Whether summer’s got you enjoying the sun or searching for cover, here are eight reasons to leave the house this month. (Just don’t forget sunblock.)

By Katrina Valcourt

Wind Tunnel vs. Pali Lookout  

Two blow-out experiences examined side by side.

By David Thompson

Da Meter

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

Locals Only: Tree Swapout

A new law will turn Honolulu into a more Hawaiian place, botanically speaking.

By david thompson

Defend Hawaii    

Entrepreneurs behind the popular street brand Defend Hawaii unload about the idea behind the icon.

By Loren Moreno

Quote Unquote: Sarah Richards

After 25 years presiding over the Hawaii Theatre, Sarah Richards took her final bow as president in June. Here, she looks back at the years she spent rebuilding the historic landmark, her ongoing vision for Chinatown and the friendly ghost who’s been along for the ride.

By kawehi haug

Field Notes: Fire Jam at Kakaako Waterfront Park

Each month Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vibrant and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: Kakaako Waterfront Park’s Fire Jam.

By David Thompson


Ono: Food & Dining

Why a Hawaii-grown oyster has us excited, plus a new restaurant that specializes in meatballs.

by martha cheng


From Our Files

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

by katrina valcourt



Editor’s Page: Art and Soul

Changes in our behind-the-scenes team.

by robbie dingeman

Afterthoughts: Brain Gain

Making the most of Hawaii’s ever-growing ex-pat network.

by michael keany



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