August 2020: Table of Contents


August Cover
Lē‘ahi. Photo: Getty Images. Photo composite: James Nakamura


Rethinking Hawai‘i

The pandemic shutdown devastated our economy but also abruptly reduced our trash consumption and energy use, reignited the fervor for local agriculture and revitalized areas suddenly uncluttered by crowds. But what will it take to translate all this into long-term change? We took a look at three key areas and asked experts what we should do next.

  • Continuing Momentum for Local Agriculture

  • How the Visitor Industry Should Operate in the Future

  • Reenergizing Green Goals to Spark an Energy Revolution

By michelle broder van dyke, martha cheng and jayna omaye  


James of All Trades

From bow hunting to bartending, I became one of Honolulu’s most certified citizens in two weeks.

by james charisma


outdoor dining hawaii
The view from Quiora, one of our favorite restaurants for alfresco dining. 



People Power

Peaceful Black Lives Matter protests across Hawai‘i in June overflowed with anger and tears in response to police killings of Black people in several states.

By Robbie Dingeman


Asking For a Friend

As places continue to reopen in Hawai‘i and we can do more things, why are we feeling even more anxious?



Outdoor Picks

Still bummed your adventure travel plans were canceled? Well #LuckyWeLiveHONOLULU because there are a number of wonderful ways to safely get moving while practicing social distancing and staying put on-island.

By Katie Kenny


The Heat Goes On

If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen—but grab a bottle of hot sauce on your way out. Here’s a rundown of the restaurant-made hot sauces you can buy.

By Christi Young


Da Meter

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


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—and our archives rock!

BY Katrina Valcourt



Three new flower shops, an eco-friendly store in Kailua and virtual fashion shows.

By Stacey Makiya and Christi Young



Out in the Open

When one door shuts, the outdoors open. Here are some of our favorite restaurants around the island for dining alfresco.

by james charisma, martha cheng, katie kenny, kelli shiroma braiotta, mari taketa, katrina valcourt and christi young



Editor’s Page: When It’s Time to Change 

Sometimes returning to normal is the biggest mistake of all.



Afterthoughts: Hiding in Plain Sight

“As a Black college student from Hawai‘i, I wanted to make my mark in New York. But an encounter with police taught me instead to be invisible.”

by jayson harper