Author: Ronna Bolante


Planned Parenthood’s Ann Rahall

How is the Mayor Doing?

It’s been two years since Mufi Hannemann took over Honolulu Hale. Is the city any better off today?

Life After the Plantation

Del Monte pineapple plantation’s decision to shut down two years early leaves hundreds of workers wondering how to move on.

The Last Plantation

The shutdown of one of Hawai‘i’s few remaining pineapple plantations leaves 600 workers without jobs and possibly 200 without homes.

Trail Time

With only one person overseeing more than 40 of O‘ahu’s hiking trails, the state gets extra help from an unexpected source.

Destination Unknown

Hawai‘i’s charter schools still struggle to find permanent homes.


Ironman competitor John Dermengian

Best Places to Live

Whether you're enjoying retirement or saving for your kids' college tuition, loving life in the fast lane or trying to slow down, we've got the neighborhood for you.


Hervy Kurisu

Digging Deeper

What happens when bones are found at a construction site?

Nowhere Else to Go

How the state is using its detention home as a warehouse for mentally ill kids.

A Sweet Return

After a one-year break, the Ka Himeni Ana song contest is back.


Ka’iulani Murphy

From Our Files – July

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

From Our Files – June

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

Listen Up!

From Jazz to Rock to Reggae, Hawaii’s creating great music.


Laura E. Thielen

From Our Files – May

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

Our Schools: Has Anything Changed?

In May 2001, we published "The Death of Public School," taking the state Department of Education to task for failing to do its job. It's been five years—has public education gotten any better?

Our Town: McClain Auctions

Inside McClain's, which has handled many of Hawai'i's prominent auctions, including the liquidation of Liberty House. photo: Olivier Koning Over the past 25 years, serious collectors and bargain hunters have gravitated to McClain Auctions' public sales in Kaka'ako. Now the…


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

Hana Hou!

How did the first Hawaiian music Grammy change the local music industry? Look no further than this year's nominations.

On the Waterfront

Thirty-six acres of prime public lands in Kaka'ako could undergo a radical change. But not if some concerned citizens can help it

DVD: The Ride

Nathan Kurosawa’s The Ride, which won the 2003 Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2003 Louis Vuitton Hawai‘i International Film Festival, drew more than 15,000 at its Sunset on the Beach screening that year. Now, you can catch the…


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

The Surfer Spirit

photo: John Bilderback click for larger image Backdoor might not be as well known as Pipeline, its sister left-breaking wave, but it can be just as treacherous. Even veterans like Perry Dane have their off days at this bone-crushing North…


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

Those Who Came Before

Over the past century, more than 300,000 Filipinos have immigrated to Hawai'i. Among them are three generations of my family.

Single in Honolulu

A peek into the sometimes daunting,sometimes exhilarating world of Island singles.

THE HONOLULU 100 – Introduction

To celebrate the city and county of Honolulu's centennial anniversary, Honolulu Magazine honors 100 noteworthy citizens from throughout the past 100 years.

Q+A: Barbara Uphouse Wong

Last month, Barbara Uphouse Wong became executive director of the state Campaign Spending Commission, replacing Bob Watada, who retired earlier this year. Wong was one of the first female police officers in Honolulu and headed the department's white-colla

40 Things Every Local Must Do

Locals in Hawai'i have their own ideas on everything, from how food should taste to how holidays should be celebrated. We've even got our own way of speaking the English language.

40 Things Every Local Must Do

21. Drown a graduate in lei. Funny how it creeps up on you. One day, you're the 17-year-old graduate, dizzy from the smell of pikake or maile. Then, before you know it, you get a graduation announcement in the mail,…


Oct. 1925: "Twenty-seven hours in the air, nine days in purgatory, seven days in paradise. Cmdr. John Rodgers and his crew of four have had that experience," writes Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine. Rodgers had attempted the…

The 25 Most Expensive Homes On O‘ahu

This summer, the median price of an O‘ahu home topped $610,000. You’d practically have to be a millionaire just to buy in, say, Mililani Mauka. But if you think those prices are crazy, just wait until you see…

A Second Home

The Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter gives battered women more than just a place to stay.


Sept. 1930: Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine, visits a bustling sugar plantation on O'ahu. "Occasionally we saw two or three tiny Filipino or Japanese women emerging from the tall cane clothed in the garb of their task,…