April 2022: Table of Contents


Suzanne Vares Lum First Woman Native Hawaiian President East West Center

Suzanne Vares-Lum, the first woman and Native Hawaiian president of East-West Center.Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino





Leading Wāhine

Meet some of the powerful, inspiring women who are pushing Honolulu forward in various fields, from arts to government to the environment to sports.

By Robbie DingemanStacey MakiyaNatalie Schack, Carlyn Tani, Kathryn Drury Wagner and Don Wallace


What Needs to Change For Women?

In the past 50 years, women in Hawai‘i have gained in individual rights, pay equity, and access to education and sports. But we haven’t achieved equality as many women still earn less than their male counterparts and shoulder more family responsibilities.

By Robbie Dingeman


HONOLULU Family’s Summer Programs Guide

Make the most of summer with more than 40 academic, enriching and inspiring options for your keiki.


Caterer Chef Susan Prior The Country Eatery Kahuku

Caterer and chef Susan Prior at her café The Country Eatery in Kahuku. Photo: Olivier Koning





Honolulu April Issue 2022

On The Cover
Illustration: Margaret Rice
Design: Kayla Rivera

Park It!

As you drive along North King Street, bright plumeria and ginger blossom designs catch your eye on a bus-sized structure fronting Richie’s Drive Inn. It’s Kalihi’s first public parklet.


April Picks

Stroll through rows of Christmas trees, laugh out loud in a (smaller) crowd, go crafting and start 2022 with an aria or two.

By Christi Young


The Duke of Empathy

Duke Kahanamoku negotiated more troubled waters than we think, as the thrilling Waterman biopic shows, while two Hawaiian films ask where Duke’s Hawai‘i went.

By Don Wallace


Da Meter

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



Given how well it grows in Hawai‘i (the plant is related to the hala tree), it’s surprising how little it’s known in the Islands, outside of Southeast Asian communities. But that’s changing: Taste it in these sweets and a cocktail.

By Maria Burke


From Our Files

HONOLULU Magazine emerged from predecessor Paradise of the Pacific, which began in 1888, fulfilling a commission by King Kalākaua. That makes it the oldest continuously published magazine west of the Mississippi, with an enviable archive worth diving into each month.

By Robbie Dingeman



Our April Issue Supports Women—And Nonprofits





Six wonder wāhine we adore for their standout styles, bright ideas and support of one another.

By Stacey Makiya and Brie Thalmann


Margaret Rice Honolulu Magazine Cat

A print by artist Margaret Rice. Photo: Courtesy of Margaret Rice





Cooking on Their Terms

The restaurant industry is notoriously tough, especially for women in a male-dominated field. These three women veered off the traditional restaurant route to forge their own culinary paths.

By Lesa Griffith





Editor’s Page: Following the Leaders

We dedicate this issue to all the powerful wāhine who inspire us.

By Katrina Valcourt


Afterthoughts: Breaking News

Local haole never feels more local than when he’s scrolling through posts on Da Bullehtin.

By James Charisma



Special Promotional Sections


Hawaii Of Tomorrow April Issue Toc


Hawai‘i of Tomorrow

Hawaiian Electric presents a look at what the experts in design, transportation, agriculture and energy see for the Hawai‘i of 2050.


Wāhine of Hawai‘i

HONOLULU Magazine is proud to celebrate some of the fierce females—from distinguished trailblazers to the next generation of wave makers—spanning multiple industries who inspire, empower and help shape the landscape of Hawai‘i.