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September 2020: Table of Contents



September Cover

Dr. Tarquin Collis, the head of infectious disease at Kaiser Permanente and one of our Top Doctors this year. Read more about him and find the full list of Top Doctors. 
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino.
Hair and makeup: Risa Hoshino. 


Fall Fashion: Joy Story

This year, the fashion world is focusing on stories of hope, happiness and the return of bubble hems. Following the feel-good trend, we feature five amazing creatives—in the season’s best styles—who share what joy looks like on them.



Loopholes in Paradise

Illegal vacation rentals have worsened Hawai‘i’s affordable housing shortage while contributing to an overrun of visitors. One year after a law limiting the short-term rentals passed, we check in on its effects.

by Don Wallace


Medical Detectives

While the ever-changing nature of COVID-19 has proven frustrating around the world, it’s also the challenge that infectious disease specialists have been training for their entire career. Three Hawai‘i doctors talk about mystery illnesses, diagnostic breakthroughs and practicing in a pandemic.

by cynthia wessendorf


Top Doctors

We turned to Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. to provide us with a list of the Top Doctors in Hawai‘i. Here are 540 physicians in 64 specialties.


honolulu fashion feature

Fashion designer Emily Jaime of Yireh. Find what brings joy to her and four other local creatives.
photo: harold julian



Nothing But Net

Sept. 1 marks open season for fishing moi (Pacific threadfin), ula (spiny lobster), ula pāpapa (slipper lobster) and Kona crab.


September Picks

Start the fall by pedaling in an epic bike ride, supporting local breweries, helping to make our beaches pristine and more.

By Katie Kenny


Shelf Lives

Local authors give us new perspectives on Hawai‘i’s final queen, one of Hawai‘i’s most notorious crimes and life for Japanese Americans in World War II.

By Robbie Dingeman and Christi Young


Da Meter

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


Home Games

Seats on the 50-yard line might be easier to get this year—in your living room. Whether you’re tailgating safely spaced out in a stadium parking lot or with a few fans at home, these snacks will help you get your grill on. Insert end zone dance here.

By Christi Young


From Our Files

For 133 years HONOLULU Magazine has kept its readers and advertisers at the vanguard of fashion, insight and fun. Starting out as Paradise of the Pacific in 1888 with a commission from King Kalākaua, we’re the oldest continually publishing magazine west of the Mississippi. Take a look into our archives.

By Brie Thalmann



Out in the Open

Ube beer, sake and mead: Three engineers, a scientist and a beekeeper concoct new Hawai‘i brews.

by martha cheng and katrina valcourt



Editor’s Page: Really, 2020?!

With a hurricane heading our way, I can’t help but think, what next?



Afterthoughts: Pajama Party

I love being able to vote without having to get dressed.



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Can the Mainland Do Poke Right? Do We Want Them To?​


Martha Cheng, author of The Poke Cookbook and former line cook, talks about how a New York City publisher decided Hawai‘i’s favorite pūpū was for everybody.


50 Essential Hawai‘i Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime


The most iconic, trenchant and irresistible island books, as voted by a panel of literary community luminaries.


Everything You Need to Know About Local Fruit in Hawai‘i


Fruits are part of our history and culture, a way for us to feel connected to our community.


A Local’s Guide to Buying Reef-Safe Sunscreen


Five Hawai‘i brands have created reef-safe sunscreens that are safe for your ʻohana and the ocean. 

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