February 2021: Table of Contents


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This Benjamin fig tree at Roosevelt High School is one of more than 170 named exceptional trees on O‘ahu. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino





Honolulu Magazine cover Feb 2021

On the cover: The kapok at the Department of Agriculture on King Street. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

The 2020 Sour Poi Awards Present: The Day That Never Ends

Our annual look back at the weird, wacky and wild news you may have missed.

By Robbie Dingeman


The Giving Trees

We are losing city trees in a time when we need them more than ever. Can Trees for Honolulu’s Future, Treehooo! and new initiatives for urban forestry save us? Plus, learn more about five exceptional trees in a photo essay by photographer Aaron K. Yoshino and editorial director Christi Young.

By Martha Cheng


SEE ALSO: Photo Gallery: See Some of Honolulu’s Exceptional Trees


Best Dentists

HONOLULU Magazine helps you find the dentist you need, whether it’s for a routine checkup or more specialized work, with this list of the best dentists in the Islands.


HAWAI‘I Magazine’s 22nd Annual Photo Contest Winners

The editors, art directors and photographers of our sister magazine pored through hundreds of photos. The six striking winners showcase life and the landscape of Hawai‘i.

By HAWAI‘I Magazine staff



Feast Lobster Roll Takeout Honolulu Restaurants

The sheer amount of lobster dripping with butter makes Feast’s lobster roll simple yet supreme. Photo: Rachel Breitweser





So Cherry!

Signs of spring arrive earlier in Hawai‘i than Washington, D.C., and Japan. Sakura trees in chilly Waimea on the Big Island and Wahiawā in Central O‘ahu typically start showing off their delicate blooms in late January or early February.


February Picks

If the first month of 2021 wasn’t what you hoped, reset with the Lunar New Year on Feb. 12. Here are a few ways to celebrate the Year of the Ox.

By Christi Young


A HONOLULU Magazine Exclusive Short Story: “Haleola’s Tears” by Alan Brennert

Read the prequel to “Moloka‘i” and “Daughter of Moloka‘i,” only available here.

By Alan Brennert


Da Meter

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


Oh, the Pastabilities

Onda Pasta is back with more shapes than ever.

By Katrina Valcourt


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 Katrina Valcourt




Fabulous florals and beauty products that benefit your body.

By Stacey Makiya





He didn’t start the trend, but Jon Matsubara rolled with it, and now lobster rolls are popping up all over town. Read how the sandwich changed the game at Feast and where else you can order it, plus other fishy finds.

By Martha Cheng, Kelli Shiroma Braiotta and Mari Taketa





Editor’s Page: Park It

Sometimes it is easy to be green.

By Christi Young


Afterthoughts: Garden Variety

Blooming buds, prickly petals and a quiet escape.

By Katrina Valcourt