April 2021: Table of Contents


Hawaii Symphony Orchestra April 2021 Honolulu Magazine Issue

The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra filmed a series of concerts at the Hawai‘i Theatre Center for people to watch online. Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra





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Design: James Nakamura. Photo: Getty Images

Through A Racist Lens

Native Hawaiian families connect with their ancestors as Bishop Museum confronts a controversial part of its past in a new exhibit.

By Robbie Dingeman


All in the ‘Ohana (Hale)

Just as ‘Ohana Hale Marketplace was hitting its stride, along came shutdowns, citations and Health Department scoldings. Here’s the story behind the “swap meet with upgrades” that has become a destination for local entrepreneurs looking to set up (a small) shop.

By James Charisma


The Show Must Go On, Even During a Pandemic

From Broadway to Beretania Street, performing arts shut down early in 2020 and will likely be among the last industries to return to the previous normal. Here’s how Honolulu’s resilient arts organizations are performing through the pandemic.

By Noelle Fujii-Oride


Disappearing Students

Hawai‘i’s schools switched to distance learning last March. A year later, some still have not logged in to class. How did thousands of students vanish—and can we get them back?

By Maria Kanai


Summer Programs Guide

What are your kids doing during the break? HONOLULU Family has a list of 40 inspiring, educational and enriching programs for keiki.





Piece Maker

Local company Surf Shack Puzzles is launching a line this spring—Pua Power—that will feature prints in collaboration with local wāhine-owned brands such as Punky Aloha Studio, Aloha de Mele and a few of owner Mahina Tuteur’s other creative bud-ies.

By Stacey Makiya


April Picks

Movies and workshops and tours, oh my! The American Institute of Architects Honolulu Architecture Month mixes online and in-person events. Plus, race to a virtual finish line, save the planet and drink some mimosas.

By Katie Kenny


Hands-On History

‘Iolani Palace’s new tour provides a VIP experience with a behind-the-ropes look at the rooms and the collection you won’t see on display.

By Christi Young


Da Meter

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


Local Grinds

Step up your kitchen game with locally grown and milled flour power.

By Martha Cheng


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 Robbie Dingeman


The Kaimuki Lei Stand April 2021 Honolulu Magazine Issue

Photo: The Kaimukī Lei Stand





Get to know three ecofriendly shops for Earth Month, find vintage aloha and more.

By Stacey Makiya and Christi Young





A new restaurant next to Kāhala Mall weaves local roots with big-city flair. We also set our mouths on fire at a new farmers market booth and share what you’re missing online.

By Thomas Obungen





Editor’s Page: Not Grading the Public Schools

In abnormal times, normal just won’t do.

By Christi Young


Afterthoughts: The Little Library of Mariners Cove

This small community project makes me love my neighborhood even more.

By Katrina Valcourt



Special Promotional Section


Faces of Hawai‘i

HONOLULU Magazine celebrates some of Hawai‘i’s prominent leaders and businesses who are making waves in their industry.