January 2015: Table of Contents


On the Cover: Primal offering porchetta dinner served family-style at Hale ‘Aina Award-winning The Pig and the Lady restaurant. 
Photo: Steve Czerniak


The Sour Poi Awards

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2014—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.

by michael keany and robbie dingeman



Delve into Hawai‘i’s darker side with this excerpt from true-crime book Hell-Bent: One Man’s Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob.

by jason ryan


The 2015 Hale ‘Aina Awards

For more than three decades, our readers have been naming the best restaurants in Hawai‘i. This year, we take a look at some of the newest restaurants making waves around town, as well as dig into a few longtime-favorite spots to find out the secrets to their success.

by martha cheng and mari taketa



Perry and Price, through the years

By HONOLULU Magazine Staff


January Picks

If your resolution is to get out more, eat healthier or plan your wedding, we’ve got you covered. If you just want to sing along to “Rocket Man,” we’ve got you there, too.

By Katrina Valcourt


Farewell to Fisherman’s Wharf  

The historic Fisherman’s Wharf is remembered by one of its longest-serving waitresses.

By robbie dingeman


Art for Sale

Honolulu Museum of Art debuts a new “happening” concept; Island art auction brings in $163,000.

By james charisma


Da Meter

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

By HONOLULU Magazine Staff


Quote Unquote: Ben Villaflor

Ben Villaflor’s career as a professional boxer—he was world junior lightweight champion in the 1970s—prepared him well for the tough-guy role he plays as sergeant at arms of the Hawai‘i State Senate. For 36 years, he’s been responsible for maintaining decorum in the Senate chambers, where he enforces bans on eating, cell phones and placards. And when an unruly member of the public, or even of the Senate itself, is ejected from a meeting, it’s Villaflor who calmly but firmly walks him or her out the door.

interview By david thompson


Field Notes: PC Gamers

Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: competitive video gamers.

By gus downes



Sweet sneaks, tiny jewelry, plus Homecoming Talent: Keke Lindgard and Roman Young of Wilhelmina Models.

by stacey makiya, brie thalmann and natalie schack



Editor’s Page: Wait, 2015?

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already.

by robbie dingeman


Afterthoughts: A Cat of a Different Color    

Sometimes you don’t know what you want until you get it.

by michael keany


From Our Files  

HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific—chronicling the Islands since 1888.

by katrina valcourt



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