December 2020: Table of Contents


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The matcha strawberry shortcake at MW Restaurant. Photo: Olivier Koning




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Paella from Rigo, this year’s Best New Restaurant in our Hale ‘Aina Awards. Photo: Olivier Koning.

Life After Jaws: A Shark Story

Two lives changed in 2015 as the Islands were in the middle of a Jaws-like panic over a 56% spike in attacks. Today, shark-attack victim Colin Cook and rescuer Keoni TeTawa Bowthorpe are living larger lives than they ever imagined.

By Don Wallace


2020 Hale ‘Aina Awards

This year, we talk to our Restaurateurs of the Year about the pandemic, dive into a new Spanish-Italian concept, pair a drink for every mood, provide tips for Korean barbecue and more.

By Martha ChengRobbie Dingeman, Mari Taketa and Christi Young


SEE ALSO: 2020 Hale ‘Aina Drive-In Celebration Presented by First Hawaiian Bank x Mastercard


Best Lawyers® in Hawai‘i 2021

We worked with the research firm BL Rankings LLC, publishers of The Best Lawyers in America©, to bring our readers this list of the 435 top lawyers in the Islands.


Kūpuna Resource Guide

These more than 200 organizations can help seniors learn, live and thrive in Hawai‘i.



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Nohona Hale in Kaka‘ako. Photo: Jonathan Lee, WCIT Architecture.





Who Is That Masked Man?

Santa Claus came to town in more than two dozen pieces.


December Picks

‘Tis the season to love the island we live on with the 40th anniversary of an international film festival, a Thanksgiving concert, sunflower gazing, tree planting, take a hike and more.

By Katie Kenny


Compact in Kaka‘ako

New dorm-size dwellings provide rental housing close to jobs, bus lines and much of urban Honolulu.

By Robbie Dingeman


Da Meter

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


On the Lamb

Pono Provisions offers an exciting variety of local meats, including Big Island lamb and goat, plus pork cheeks, lard and guava-wood-smoked barbacoa.

By Martha Cheng


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. Take a look into our archives.

By Robbie Dingeman




2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Our gift guide has ideas that spread joy and go easy on the wallet.

By Stacey Makiya





Editor’s Page: Welcome to Our Hale

Gathering for dinner has never meant so much for us and our restaurants.

By Christi Young


Afterthoughts: Fresh Start

This god-awful year is coming to an end, but there’s some good we can bring with us into the new decade.

By Katrina Valcourt