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November 2013: Table of Contents


On the cover: Lucky we live Honolulu!




Sure, we’re lucky to live in Hawaii, but if you live on Oahu, there’s so much more to the place than sunsets and beaches. From paiai delivered, to cool aloha wear, from Dave Shoji to gay marriage, here’s why we’re so fortunate to live in this city.

Hawaiian: Dead or Alive?

Thousands more young people today speak olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian language) than did their counterparts 30 years ago. Or at least they’re schooled in it. But is that enough to revive a language?

Life O Kai

Hawaii’s surrounded by more ocean than anywhere else on the planet and it offers us endless opportunities for fun.

Hawaii’s Most Endangered Places

The Historic Hawaii Foundation, the state Historic Preservation Division and HONOLULU Magazine compile an annual list of some of our state’s most endangered sites.

Making a Difference

It’s not about how much you make, but what you make of it. Here, we profile six people working behind the scenes to build a truly better Hawaii.

125 Years of Covers  

This month, we release 125 Years of Covers, a book chronicling more than 350 issues of HONOLULU and its predecessor, Paradise of the Pacific. Check out a few of our favorites.


Insta Life
Reasons to get out and go in November
Where the Sidewalk (Camping) Ends
A Hawaiian Thanksgiving
Hula, Near and Far
Closing Indigo
Streakin’: A Comet Comes to Hawaii Skies
Field Notes: Beach Volleyball


Upgraded gifts for the Mainland, local layering pieces, cool shades and hot menswear.

Ono: Food & Dining

Moroccan, Lebanese and Korean cuisines pop up in hard-to-pronounce, authentic restaurants, plus five delicious takes on the once-banned absinthe.

From Our Files  

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


Welcome to the Issue

For 125 years and counting, we’re still loving Honolulu.

Afterthoughts: Beyond Beauty

Hawaii wants to be loved as more than just a pretty face.


Our readers respond.

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Da Shop

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