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June 2017: Table of Contents



HONOLULU Magazine April 2017 Cover
On The Cover: Coq au vin from Grondin French-Latin Kitchen.
Photo: Steve Czerniak

The Books of Summer

Here’s how to rock your hammock, if not your world, this summer. We’ve got the best from our local authors and presses, with a couple of Island-interest picks from the big publishers, too. From tough new looks at culture and ethnicity to tales of sex and shopping, there’s something for everyone.

By Don Wallace


Next in Wine

Meet five sommeliers keeping the craft alive here in Honolulu.

By Lesa Griffith


The Holoholo Guide to Kaua‘i

Kaua‘i is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands, but that just means it’s had a lot longer to get good. Here’s a guide to spending a long weekend discovering the eclectic Garden Isle.

By Shannon Wianecki


Special Section: Annual All-Island Restaurant Guide

Our annual guide celebrates the delicious dining options Hawai‘i offers. This year, we found 51 of the best dishes from around the world, available right here in Hawai‘i. Writer Mari Taketa also looks into the Michelin-starred chefs who are making waves in Honolulu’s dining scene. Plus, a collection of vintage menus belonging to chef Alan Wong and a view from the other side of the chef’s counter.



Spanning the Pacific

It’s time once again for the Pan-Pacific Festival, the annual international cultural celebration of the bond between Hawai‘i and Japan.



June Picks

Festival season is in full swing, so get outside and dance, eat waffles and dress up with your pup.



Parking Permitted

Squeezed off the streets, Kalihi neighbors try a different parking system.

BY James Charisma


Da Meter

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



Wheel Deal

Need to get somewhere in urban Honolulu and don’t want to bus or drive? Now you can grab a bike and go, thanks to Bikeshare Hawai‘i.

By Don Wallace


The People’s Attorney

Quote Unquote: Doug Chin

Interview by Robbie Dingeman


Field Notes: Life’s a Beach

Field Note explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: Kahuku Point Cleanup and Restoration.

By Alyssa Amasol


Celebrations: Hau‘oli Lā Hānau

Every month, we celebrate the anniversaries of local companies and organizations.

by michael keany 



What’s new with Nā Mea, beach towels with a story, plus breaking our own news: the debut of StyleList.

By James Charisma, Stacey Makiya, Natalie Schack and Brie Thalmann




Finding the right mix.




How many bikes can fit in Waikīkī?



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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