Author: Lori Anne Tomonari

Hip Moms

Five different great gift ideas for Mother's Day.

Volunteer Tourism

Volunteer Tourism is a rising trend to get involved and help foreign countries, while playing tourist.

Lei Queen

   Former Kupuna Lei Queen of 2002, Elizabeth Mapuana Freitas.Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mapuana Freitas Skip the diamond-studded tiara and definitely skip the stiletto heels. The Lei Queen pageant, sponsored by the City and County Department of Parks and Recreation,…

St. Patrick’s Day

Crowds invade downtown Honolulu to celebrate the luck of the Irish

Hot New Stores

These aren't average shops and they don't cater to average shoppers. These stores are for the shopper on a mission, welcoming big-bellied moms-to-be, mixed martial arts enthusiasts, artsy decorators and anyone gifting these people.

Punahou Covers Up

As skirts get shorter and midriffs barer, even Punahou is turning to uniforms


The new Chinatown hot spot invites the urban, the artsy and the curious.

The Ultimate Tailgater

Here’s to another season of green-clad, beer-guzzling, burger-grillin’, diehard Warriors fans. May you cheer hard and triumph.

Live Well for Less

Want to beat the high cost of living in the Islands? Move to Minneapolis. Barring that, you can read this story, which has ideas on how to stretch your dollar.

A Gift from the Queen

A small group of volunteers helps to raise money and donations for Hawaii’s orphaned children.

Finding Beretania

The people, businesses, landmarks, history and food that make this street such an integral part of Honolulu’s cityscape.

Cheap Eats

Hungry for good values, we combed through the Islands in pursuit of delicious meals for $20 or less. We lunched, we brunched, we wined, we dined. And we found you can eat well, accompanied only by a minted portrait of Andrew Jackson. The secret is not just knowing where to go, but what to order. So grab your wallet, and follow us.

The Power of One

After four decades of public service in Hawaii, Cecilia Blackfield isn’t done yet.

Growing Funds

Last April we covered an 8-month training program provided by the Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED). The nonprofit, which exists to help other nonprofits, has been especially useful to Mala Ai Opio (MAO Farms) in Waianae. With HACBED’s…

Justice For All

Local lawyers donate their evenings and weekends to ensure all of Hawaii has access to legal services and resources.

Field Guide: Live Jazz

It may be hard to find, but Honolulu does have a jazz scene. Here’s a map to its hidden treasures.

Strength in Numbers

New parents provide support to one another during a challenging life phase.