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March 2012: Table of Contents



The Graduates

Some of the first graduates of the Hawaiian immersion schools have been out on their own in the adult world for a few years now. We caught up with four of them for their reflections on the schools, the language and their futures.

By Martha Cheng

Best of Honolulu

It's that time of year again. From oxtail soup to poke bowls, slippers to stationary—we've crisscrossed the city to find the best products, services, food and entertainment, all to help you live better in Honolulu.

By Martha Cheng, Tiffany Hill, Christine Hitt, Michael Keany, A. Kam Napier, David Thompson and Christian Vetter

Woman About Town

Elevate your wardrobe status from pedestrian to street style star with spring's mix-match array of eye-popping, Technicolor basics, bold accessories and lively graphic prints.

By Stacey Makiya and Brie Thalmann



Editor's Page: Quest for the Best

The March Best of Honolulu issue is a reader favorite, and a pleasure to research.

By A. Kam Napier



Our readers respond.



The first month of civil unions

Get out and go

Food: coffee cheries

Unsolicited advice

The search for the perfect bloody mary

Arts: The Academy becomes the Museum

Field Guide: Urban pig hunting


Heckathorn Reports...

Editor A. Kam Napier rounds up some of John Heckathorn's best writing, drawing from his 27 years with HONOLULU Magazine.

By A. Kam Napier


Afterthoughts: Quonset Cool

Curved, corrugated, casual—Hawaii's kamaboko houses are prefab-ulous.

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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