Honolulu Magazine - January 2005

Letters

Letters to the Editor may be sent to: Honolulu Magazine, P.O. Box 913, Honolulu, HI, 96808-0913, faxed: 537-6455 or e-mailed: letters_honmag@pacificbasin.net"BRT: THE CITY'S $50-MILLION MISTAKE," DECEMBER 2004Associate Editor Ronna Bolante's article on the city's failed Bus Rapid Transit.It is sad…

Q+A Andy Irons

Pro surfer and Hanalei native Andy Irons last month became the first Hawai'i surfer to win three consecutive annual Association of Surfing Professionals World Championships. By the end of the 2004 season, Irons had accumulated a huge 1,200-point lead over…

Alan Takasaki

Alan TakasakiChef/owner, Le Bistro, Niu ValleyOven Steamed ‘OpakapakaAll Photos:Oliver KonigAfter years of managing restaurants and nightclubs, cooking at restaurants and catering and a long search for a location, Takasaki opened his Niu Valley restaurant in 2001, in a location that…

Introduction

Tom MullenHawai'i Regional Cuisine has become a global ambassador for the Islands, receiving international accolades as it celebrates both our cultural diversity and the bounty of our land and ocean. This exceptional movement touches each Hawai'i restaurateur in one way…

Peter Merriman

Peter MerrimanChef/owner, Merriman’s, in Waimea, Hawai‘i Rack of Lamb with Madeira Mushroom SauceAll Photos:Oliver Konig"Some fat is not bad; lots of fat is bad," says Peter Merriman as he put a rack of lamb into a marinade. "I like to…

Russell Siu

Russell Siu Chef/owner, 3660 On The Rise, KaimukiOlive Oil Poached ‘OpakapakaAll Photos:Oliver KonigRussell Siu is a celebrated chef and restaurateur, often seen working the line in 3660, his Kaimukï bistro, and keeping his hands on the workings of his Kaka'ako…

Wayne Hirabayashi

Wayne HirabayashiExecutive Chef, Ka-hala Mandarin Oriental, Hawai‘iGrilled Hamachi Kama with Roasted Eggplant O-chazuke All Photos:Oliver Koning"I love o-chazuke," says Wayne Hirabayashi. "I grew up on it. I can eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner. After a long day around…

A Widow’s Story

On March 29, 2003, former Schofield Barracks soldier Sgt. Eugene Williams was killed by a suicide bomber near Najaf, Iraq.

Letters To Home

Left: Sgt. Christian Salinas in Fort Bliss, Texas. Right: Chief Warrant Officer William S. Kearns near Baghdad Photos Courtesy of Dianna Kearns & Christian SalinasTo HONOLULU MagazineI was stationed at Schofield Barracks from 1998 to 2001, then I stayed in…

2005 Sour Poi Awards

When you look back on a year that's just ended, especially one dominated by big events-war, elections-it's easy to forget about the little things that happened. Do you remember that, in 2004, mice ran amok in Makakilo while feral peacocks menaced…

The 21st Annual Hale ‘Aina Awards

HONOLULU Magazine's Hale 'Aina Awards are the most prized dining awards in the Islands. Debuting in 1984, they were the first awards to recognize local tastes-rather than those of Mainland magazines. Hale 'Aina means "eating place." It is the closest…

Books

In this age of impersonal corporate radio, it's hard to imagine a time when radio stations were truly local institutions-familiar, a little amateurish and probably broadcasting live from a neighborhood store near you. Such is the world conjured by Kaua'i…

He Said, She Said

Republican Sen. Fred Hemmings could have been a Sean Hannity for Hawai'i. Conservative talk-radio station KHNR offered him his own morning show, but Hemmings didn't want to fly solo. He insisted the station add a Democratic co-host to balance out…

How to Talk to Your Legislator

Election season has come and gone, to the relief of many. But your chance to participate in this democracy didn't end on Nov. 2. In fact, you may have a better shot at getting heard now, with the opening of…

Learners Not Permitted

A big-wave rider and early tow-in surfing pioneer, the Maui resident can handle heavy water. But a groundswell of angry locals, tired of overcrowded surf spots, has engendered a new Maui County law.

O, Baby!

If you're looking for a quick after-work drink, The O Lounge probably isn't your best bet. Chances are you'll stop in at this inviting night spot for pau hana and wind up staying the night. Owner Liz Watanabe opened The…

The New Standards

There's a lot of fun to be found listening to The Finer Things, The Songs of Herb Ohta and Jim Beloff.Ohta, the 'ukulele virtuoso and Beloff, a songwriter-music publisher, collaborated on this project to create a new generation of "standards"-songs…