Editor’s Page: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Saying aloha, to those leaving and those arriving.



Change feels exciting and scary at the same time, especially when it involves those closest to us. New opportunities offer a chance to grow, to learn, to explore the world in a different way. Change comes underscored with the excitement of discovery, that giddy rush, as well as some trepidation of what lies on the uncharted path. 


Still, change gives us a chance to begin again. Anyone working in journalism over the past two decades has lived through huge changes, locally and nationally, with the rapid-fire growth of instant communication happening in parallel to a decline in the number of newspapers and the consolidation of broadcast ownership.


We at HONOLULU Magazine are fortunate in that our big boss is a Hawai‘i exec who believes in local publications and the idea that magazines still strike a chord with readers. At a recent City and Regional Magazine Association conference, we heard that magazines are holding their own, and attracting a growing audience on the digital side. And that readers think of magazines as “me” time, a chance to escape from our all-too-hectic daily rush-rush routines. 


So we will keep working to bring you a relevant mix of stories about our community: social issues, news, current trends, as well as food and fashion and fun. Keep telling us what you think, as your feedback helps us chart our course.


Martha’s aloha pau hana.
Photo: Gary Saito 

And we will keep changing. This month, we thank Martha Cheng for her work as HONOLULU Magazine’s food and dining editor since 2011. With her eclectic background in the tech world, as a chef in professional kitchens, as a surfer, a world traveler, Martha has taken us on savvy food adventures. In the stories she tells, we learn, we laugh, we nod in agreement or shake our heads.


During her time here, she has written comprehensive stories about ‘ahi, coffee, and the food and dining scene. She’s taken us inside kitchens and even chefs’ refrigerators at home. She’s kept us up to date on the latest hot restaurants, chefs, trends, openings and (sadly) closings.


In this issue, she invites us into The Zippy’s Seniors Club scene, and gives us a first look at Ed Kenney’s Mud Hen Water restaurant. She also says aloha, as this will be her last issue as a staffer.


We’re not saying goodbye, as we are looking forward to continuing to work with her in different capacities. As this magazine went to press, we were searching for her successor. And I do mean successor, because, just as Martha was very different from the late John Heckathorn before her, I don’t anticipate a “replacement Martha” but someone who will write the next chapter of HONOLULU Magazines’s food and dining coverage.


We also welcome two new additions to our team: art director Kelsey Ige and associate art director Louis Scheer. Both are creative and passionate about design and Hawai‘i and we feel fortunate to have them join us. You might recall seeing Kelsey’s work as the illustrator for Neal Milner’s thoughtful piece “What I Learned from Potluck,” in our March issue.


We’re pleased to bring you our annual doctors issue, featuring the Top Doctors list, which readers ask us about every month, along with some fascinating and heart-warming stories of doctors making a difference in our community. 


Traditionally, September marks the end of summer. It’s a good time to remember to take care of ourselves and those who help us make sense of life, even when it’s complicated. Whether it’s working out, eating cleaner or taking a walk, we need to find that mix that helps us through our changing times. When in doubt, we keep moving, trust our instincts and figure out the rest as we go along.


Here’s to finding our way.




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