December 2021 & January 2022: Table of Contents


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Moore surfs Tsurigasaki during the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Ben Reed, Courtesy of International Surfing Association





Carissa’s World

How a self-effacing girl from Kaimukī surfed her way to Olympic gold and became a beacon for a state, a people and a legion of young empowered women, without losing herself in the game.

By Don Wallace


The Best Lawyers in Hawai‘i 2022

We worked with the research firm BL Rankings LLC, publishers of The Best Lawyers in America®, to bring our readers this list of the 423 top lawyers in the Islands.


Kūpuna Resource Guide

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


Honolulu Gift Guide For Food Lovers Charcuterrie Fig And Ginger Toc

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino





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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino. Styling: Stacey Makiya. Hair and makeup: Joanna Lee. Lei po‘o: Meleana Estes

Merry Mochi!

Nisshodo Candy Store marks a major milestone this year: a century of making mochi by hand.

By Robbie Dingeman


Winter Picks

Stroll through rows of Christmas trees, laugh out loud in a (smaller) crowd, go crafting and start 2022 with an aria or two.

By Christi Young


Home for the Holidays

Just the fact that we’re gathering again is enough reason to celebrate. But, if you want to pump up the party atmosphere, some local companies will bring the fun (and gifts) to your yard.

By Christi Young


Da Meter

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



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These Are a Few of My Favorite Drinks

Black brandied cherries and warm winter spices. Eggnog goes eggless while mezcal entices. Three new boozy concoctions brimming with cheer can be found around town if you know where to peer.

By Maria Burke


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 Stacey Makiya


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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino





Present Time!

Christmas shopping can be (bah) humbug. Luckily, we found some of the coolest, chicest and most covetable gifts out there. Use these gift guides to shop for him, her and home items that are elf-ing amazing.

By Stacey Makiya


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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino





Whether your friends and family are naughty or love spice, you’ll find the right gift for everyone with great taste on your list.

By Maria BurkeMartha ChengRobbie DingemanStacey MakiyaThomas Obungen, Katrina Valcourt and Christi Young





Editor’s Page: Shop, Drop and On a Roll

Pulling together an all-local food gift guide was a challenge. Now it’s our gift to you.

By Christi Young


Afterthoughts: Hawai‘i Calling

I can never really escape the Islands. But that’s a good thing.

By Katrina Valcourt



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Living Your Best Life (After 50)

Meet the team members of AARP Hawai‘i whose work isn’t just a job, it’s a passion. Plus, read about how AARP assisted with kūpuna vaccinations, get advice from caregivers and learn how to save for the future.