August 2018: Table of Contents


HONOLULU Magazine July 2018 Cover
on a recent voggy day, the view from Puʻu ʻualakaʻa state wayside was all but obscured. REad what else is at play when the skyline disappears on page 104.
Photo: James Nakamura

Vog: Cleaning the Air

With the recent unprecedented volcanic emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency has stepped in on the Big Island with measures appropriate for a major toxic event. If it’s that serious there, what’s in store for O‘ahu? We take a deep breath and examine the new reality of vog—and what we can do about it.

by Don Wallace

Check It Out!

Books make up the backbone of the only statewide library system in the U.S., but there’s a lot more to Hawai‘i libraries—including apps, online classes and digital books.

by robbie dingeman



August Picks

Soak in our last summer days with the best events happening this  

By Marisa Heung


Swipe Right for Art

The Art World Escape app lets you select interactive, one-off experiences with local artists as they paint, dance, sculpt and create. In some, you’ll be able to take photos, take part in the creative process or lend your body as a canvas.



Da Meter

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



Teeing Up Tech

A public-private partnership aims to remake the old-school Ala Wai golf range into a slick sports/entertainment complex. Some neighbors are skeptical.



Quote Unquote: pāʻū rider

Faith Kalamau,mother of three, works at the Lili‘uokalani Trust in Kāne‘ohe during the day and Papakōlea Community Center at night. Yet every fall, Kalamau,45, finds the time to ride pā‘ū (originally, the skirt worn by female horseback riders, now also used to describe the riders themselves) in the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade. Representing the island of Kaho‘olawe, Kalamau marks her third year participating as a pā‘ū princess in the annual Waikīkī parade.

By Robbie Dingeman


Field Notes: Nerd Nite Honolulu

Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: Nerd Nite Honolulu.

BY Enjy El-Kadi



Fanny packs are back, a new style collab, beautiful local ceramics and more:

  • Clay Favorites: Maui’s Altar Ceramics Debuts In Fine Form

  • Gap Collaborates with Local Hawai‘i Brand Quality Peoples

  • Jewelry Store Spotlight: ‘Awa and ‘Ōlena

  • Two Honolulu Fashion Designers Talk Feminism and Fashion




Art House

Exploring contemporary artist John Koga’s custom-built home art studio.

By James Charisma


Ono: Food and Dining

Outside the Ox

A review of The Brilliant Ox, one of Ala Moana’s newest eateries, and an update from Madre Chocolate.

By Catherine Toth Fox and Katrina VAlcourt



Editor’s Page: A Little Hazy

Vog is changing our skyline, Kīlauea is changing a way of life, again.



Afterthoughts: Throwdown

I thought I was centering clay. Turns out, it was centering me.

By Katrina Valcourt

From Our Files

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

BY cassidy keola