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

4 We Tried: We Search for the Best Ways to Learn Hawaiian Online for Free

Hawaiian is one of our state’s official languages. Brush up on your skills or learn something new with these great online resources.

Hālau, Artisans and Hula Community Still Dealing With Merrie Monarch Cancellation

Because hula is life.

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.

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Dining

Merriman’s Honolulu Opens a New Outdoor Street Burger and Beer Garden

The seats inside may be off-limits but the spacious lānai has been revamped for a deliciously grill-centric pop-up restaurant.

The 9 Best Açaí Bowls on O‘ahu

We round up our top picks for the healthy, trendy (and tasty) superfood.

Grab a Pie To Go From Agostino’s Pizza Food Truck in Kaka‘ako and Kailua

The new yellow and red food truck helmed by a Sicilian is bouncing between parks, breweries and markets across O‘ahu.

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Local Culture

The Best Things to Do This Week in Honolulu

Indoors or outdoors, with friends (nine or fewer!) or without, cooking at home or dining out alfresco, we got you.

Q&A with the Curators of Hawai‘i State Art Museum’s Latest Exhibit

Native Hawaiian artists Drew Broderick, Kapulani Landgraf and Ka‘ili Chun tell us about “Mai ho‘ohuli i ka lima i luna.”

Soufiane Bouharkat, Owner of Le Crepe Café, on the Difference Between Racism in France and America

And how he responds to comments such as “I’m sorry France is invaded by Africans.”

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Education

HAIS Services for Parents

From open house listings to special programs and search tools that help you learn more about member schools, HAIS provides many helpful resources throughout the school year and beyond.

Defining the Differences

It’s not just public or private. These categories will tell you more about a school’s focus and style of learning.

2021 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

Beer Lab HI Debuts the Only Locally Made Salami

It’s the newest addition to the brewery’s menu.

World of Beer Brewed Here in Hawai‘i: American Barley Wines

Three Hawai‘i breweries brewing this strong, bold, special-occasion beer.

New Summer Styles, Discounts and Deals From Popular Local Hawai‘i Brands

A Jana Lam Baggu drop. Extra 30% off Fighting Eel’s sale racks. Exclusive deals for HONOLULU Magazine readers. It’s all right here.

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Where to Live

The Best Real Estate Professionals in Hawai‘i 2020

Buying a home in Hawai‘i might be the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Get expert help from the top agents and brokers listed here.

3 O‘ahu Neighborhoods for The Modern Family

(Sponsored) These local neighborhoods check off the boxes for family-friendly living.

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.

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