HONOLULU Magazine - July 2006 July 1, 2006 Site Staff Saving St. Francis Bron Lee, When a deal to sell their hospital fell through, a band of physicians got together to buy it themselves. Will they be able to turn things around? Bird Flu and You Katherine Nichols, Is Hawai’i ready for a pandemic such as bird flu? That depends on you. All in the Family Michael Keany, What do you get when an experienced contractor builds his own dream home? Clean, understated ‘Ohana living. Hawai’i’s Best Doctors Kathryn Drury Wagner, Every two years, Best Doctors Inc. conducts an in-depth survey among top physicians nationwide. Which doctors would they pick for themselves or their loved ones? Here, we share the Hawai’I results of the 2005-2006 survey. Arts: Siamese Wins Kathryn Drury Wagner, Hawai’i Opera Theatre changes pace with its summer season, featuring The King and I. The New Keiki Zoo Site Staff, Two-year-old Aaron Noba hones his goat-tending skills while visiting the Honolulu Zoo’s Keiki Zoo. Kids can also get up and close with a guinea pig, or meet one of the zoo’s llamas, who answer to Fernando and Lorenzo. The Keiki… History: Hawai’i’s Sakada Soldiers Ronna Bolante, Not all of Hawai’i’s earliest Filipino immigrants came to work on plantations. Cooking Up Success Lori Anne Tomonari, Paul Onishi’s alternative program is leading Farrington’s at-risk students into the kitchen and back into the classroom. Letters - July Site Staff, Letters to the Editor may be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed: 537-6455 or sent to: Honolulu Magazine, 1000 Bishop St., Suite 405, Honolulu, HI, 96813. “The Music Issue,” June 2006 After several years of reporting on Hawaiian music, our annual music… Q+A Ronna Bolante, Ka’iulani Murphy Pigeons and Doctors A. Kam Napier, editor, An unexpected encounter with a bird reminded me why we need good doctors and hospitals.Clipping Service Site Staff, In a New York Times article entitled “Mark Twain’s Hawai‘i,” Lawrence Downes explores some of the Islands’ earliest travel writing. Twain spent four months in the islands in 1866, when he was 31 and working on becoming famous. His 25… Our Town Site Staff, Old Hawai’Ii needs your helpBy the Numbers Site Staff, PEDESTRIAN SAFETY 4th Hawai‘i’s rank among 50 states and the District of Columbia in the number of pedestrian deaths per capita, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. $97 Fine for drivers who fail to stop for a pedestrian… Music Review Michael Keany, Troy Fernandez, Hawaiian Style ‘Ukulele, Neos ProductionsLet Us Eat Cake Michael Keany, The Honolulu City and County celebrates its 100th birthday this month in delicious fashion: by baking the largest birthday cake in Honolulu’s history. Local bakery The Patisserie will be assembling 100 normal-sized white cakes into a single, huge one. At… Nature: Turtle Independence Day Shirley Black Gerum, In July, Hawai’i’s green goodwill ambassadors are released into the freedom of the open ocean. Shopping: The Lovin’ Spoonful Kathryn Drury Wagner, photos: courtesy of Cold Stone Creamery, photos: courtesy of Häagen-Dazs, photos: courtesy of Marble Slab Creamery, Like a time machine in a cone, ice cream transports you back to your youth. Here’s the scoop on where to indulge. Food of Kings Joan Namkoong, Tasty and nutritious, asparagus has moved from a spring treat to a year-round pleasure. Kosmic Kaua’i John Heckathorn, If you don’t think you can love vegan food, just wait till dessert. From Our Files – July Ronna Bolante, HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific, chronicling the Islands since 1888. New York Turned My Poi Dog Mean Dan Kois, A furry Island transplant finds the Big Apple considerably edgier than Honolulu.