We love malihini, (newcomers, if you happen to be one). We welcome you with open arms and flower lei. Don’t be surprised if people you’ve just met start calling you aunty or uncle—we treat everyone like family here. Hawai‘i’s warm hospitality has earned us the nickname the Aloha State. Aloha has many meanings, but above all, it means love. We show our aloha in many ways, like when we shaka to each other as a way of saying thanks when driving. 

 

Newcomers fall in love with the place, and many end up staying for good, and become kama‘āina (devoted longtime residents, or locals). Hawai‘i is constantly changing and developing, and we want to introduce you to everything our Island home has to offer—beyond the beaches and waterfalls in the tourist pictures. We’re a burgeoning hub of teachers and professors, tech entrepreneurs, scientists, chefs, fashion designers and more. There’s a lot to see, taste and do here. At HONOLULU Magazine, we strive to be your user’s guide for the city, pointing you toward everything you need to make your life in Honolulu the best it can be. So dive in and read up on everything you need to know to become a true kama‘āina.

 

American Savings Bank is proud to present this Newcomer’s Guide. We are a leading and locally owned financial institution that has helped make dreams possible for island residents and businesses for more than 90 years.  Our strength comes from helping customers succeed and supporting the communities where we live.  From all of us here: Aloha! E komo mai (that means, welcome) to your new home.

                                                                                                                                              

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Professional Services

The Best Dentists in Hawai‘i 2020

HONOLULU Magazine helps you find the dentist you need, whether it’s for a routine checkup or more specialized work. Everyone on this list comes highly recommended by other dentists, who know the work of fellow professionals.

2019 Top Doctors in Hawai‘i

This year, we’ve partnered with Castle Connolly Medical LTD. to bring you a list of the 575 top doctors in the state.

Best of Honolulu 2019: The Best Services on O‘ahu

The 47 editorial and reader picks for the places in Honolulu that make our lives just a bit easier.

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Hawai‘i’s History

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole

Say Happy Birthday to a prince who could pass laws and throw punches.

Long Live Kaho‘olawe: Restoring the Former Military Bombing Site Off the Coast of Maui

Twenty years after the bombing stopped, Kaho‘olawe sets a path for the future

O‘ahu in 2000: UH Football Coach June Jones Was Named Islander of the Year

He turned down a job with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers to head up a UH team.

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Dining

Central Pacific Bank Wants to Split the Bill for Your Takeout Order

Get delivery or takeout from participating restaurants including Gochi Grill, Barrio Café in Wahiawā, AnyPlace Cocktail Lounge, Popeye’s and even Sushi Sasabune.

Taste Test: We Tried (Almost) Every Bread at Breadshop in Kaimukī

Ready. Set. Dough!

Faria, a Portuguese Pop-Up, Makes Us Wonder: Why Aren’t There Any Portuguese Restaurants in Hawai‘i?

The new pop-up, by the chefs and partners in Hukilau restaurant, goes beyond bean soup and malassadas.

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Local Culture

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole

Say Happy Birthday to a prince who could pass laws and throw punches.

What It’s Like Getting Busted Smuggling Crack (Seed) at the Airport

Turns out omiyage from Hawai‘i looks pretty sketchy to the TSA.

Our Favorite Hawai‘i Entertainers Who Keep Us Smiling, Laughing and Informed

We spotlight a group of creatives, a radio duo and a comedian who give us something fun to watch while we’re stuck inside.

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Education

Hawai‘i Public Schools Close and Go Online

Most classes going online and the University of Hawai‘i canceled commencement ceremonies, but not all private campuses have closed.

2020 Hawai‘i College Guide

(Sponsored) Your guide to navigating the admissions process, financial aid applications, preparing for college, building a network and more.

2020 Hawai‘i Private School Guide Listing of Private Schools

With the large number and variety of private schools in Hawai‘i, you may find yourself asking, Just where do I start?

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Leisure

Honolulu Beerworks Hosts the First Like a Girl Street Festival and Debuts a New Pink Boots Beer

Drink like a girl.

Your Ultimate Guide to the First-Ever Hawai‘i Craft Beer Week

Events, tastings and collaborations, including a festival and some friendly competition, take place Feb. 21–29 across the Islands. Here’s your guide of what to expect.

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2020 Punahou Carnival

This year’s Punahou Carnival takes place Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8. Here’s your guide to where to park, what to eat and everything in between.

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Where to Live

Made You Look: North Shore Getaway Property For Sale for $11.8M

Ke Iki Bungalows overlook one of the world’s most famous surfing beaches.

Old Kaimukī Charm or Development Opportunity? You Decide

This lush property can technically fit a few more homes on it.

Ke Kilohana: A Sneak Peek at Ward Village’s First Workforce Building

One of the more moderately priced Kaka‘ako condos should be ready for move-in this May.

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