August 2015: Table of Contents



On the cover: Honolulu’s traffic is second-worst in the nation. Is it ever going to get any better? 
Photo: Aaron Yoshino 

Honolulu traffic is the second-worst in the nation. How did it get this bad? And is there any way it’s ever going to get any better?

By Don Wallace 


Sunny Skies, Shady Characters

In an exclusive preview from his new book, James Dooley recounts stories from his career in investigative journalism, including a bizarre encounter with Don Ho and a look into the intriguing world of the Japanese yakuza in Hawai‘i.

By James Dooley



Honolulu Hale Goes Rainbow

City Hall got a bonus rainbow makeover in early July, in celebration of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

By Honolulu Magazine Staff


August Picks

Grab your glow-in-the-dark gear, get tatted up or stuff your face with baklava in these final days of freedom before school and traffic come back to ruin us all.

By Katrina Valcourt 


Sailors Doing Science  

One of the world’s elite boat races joins a massive science expedition, shedding long-awaited light on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest and most troubling assemblage of plastic waste.

By Ikaika Ramones 


Da Meter 

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



Quote Unquote: Laredo Muredo

Where in the world is Laredo Muredo?” has been the question on many hikers’ lips since Honolulu’s most visible—and eccentric—security guard vanished from his familiar station at the base of the Stairway to Heaven (Ha‘ikū Stairs). 

By Don Wallace


Field Notes: Paint Parties

Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: paint parties.

By Katrina Valcourt



A roundup of tote-ally awesome nonplastic carry-alls, plus tribal fashions and punchy tropical-hued accessories.

By Stacey Makiya, Brie Thalmann and Natalie Schack


‘Ono: Food and Dining

Reviews of two new downtown restaurants: Rijō and Square Barrels.

By Catherine Toth Fox



Editor’s Page: Unexpected

From gridlock to an edgy career.

By Robbie Dingeman

Afterthoughts: Life Was Plastic  

Is it too soon to be nostalgic for local stores’ plastic bags? 

By Michael Keany

From Our Files

HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific—chronicling the Islands since 1888.

BY Michael Keany


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