January 2016: Table of Contents


The Sour Poi Awards

On the cover: Ramen from Lucky Belly, one of this year’s Hale-‘Aina-Award-winning restaurants. Photo by Steve Czerniak.

Celebrating the best of the worst of 2015—the strange, the stupid and the scandalous.

by michael keany and robbie dingeman

Vegan Dates Hunter

What happens when a vegan falls in love with a carnivore—an actual hunter, even?

by jennifer meleana hee


The 2016 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 don wallace, katrina valcourt, jennifer fiedler and shannon wianecki


Outdoor ice skating, in Hawai‘i?!

This outdoor rink is right in the middle of Honolulu, in the courtyard of the IBM Building at Ward Village. 

by honolulu magazine staff


January Picks

Start the year by networking with innovative minds, reading a memoir, partying with an old favorite local band and more.

by katrina valcourt


KTUH powers up  

Honolulu’s college-radio favorite is getting a lot more power.

by James Charisma 


Da Meter

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



Linking Hawai‘i with Hollywood

GVS Connect brings the Hawai‘i film industry to the global table.


Quote Unquote: Peter Merriman 

For more than 25 years, Peter Merriman, award-winning chef, restaurateur and a founding member of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine.

By Catherine Toth Fox 


Field Notes: Honolulu Model Yacht Club

Field notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: the Honolulu Model Yacht Club.

By Lennie Omalza 



A look back at the second annual HONOLULU Fashion Week, plus up-and-coming local designers you’ll want to keep your eyes on.

by stacey makiya, brie thalmann and natalie schack


Editor’s Page: Pressing Restart 

We’re happy to welcome a new food and dining editor.

By Robbie Dingeman 


Afterthoughts: Last Ones In 

For such a warm place, Hawai‘i sure likes to give the cold shoulder.

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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