January 2020: Table of Contents

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Image: Aaron K. Yoshino



The Sour Poi Awards

Looking back on the offbeat, obscure and outrageous news of 2019.

by robbie dingeman


50 Ways to Volunteer

From drop-in workdays that take just a few hours to opportunities to train in a new skill, here are dozens of ways to give back in 2020.

by james charisma, robbie dingeman, stacey makiya, jayna omaye, brie thalmann, katrina valcourt, don wallace and christi young


HONOLULU Magazine’s Ola Pono Awards

Volunteers are a vital part of Hawai‘i’s nonprofits. Every year, hundreds of thousands donate their time and talents to keep our communities moving. We asked our readers to nominate people who inspire through their compassion and dedication for our first Ola Pono Awards. Meet the honorees.

by maria kana



Fit for a Queen

Hawai‘i designer and Project Runway All Stars alum Kini Zamora embraced a historic fashion challenge: recreating Queen Kapi‘olani’s coronation gown that’s on display in ‘Iolani Palace’s throne room in time for the anniversary of the Feb. 12, 1883 royal event.

By Robbie Dingeman


January Picks

It’s a new day, it’s a new year, it’s a new decade—and we’re feeling good. And how can you not when you have comedians, an a cappella group, a cooking class, a colorful race and more?

By Katie Kenny


Musical Chairs

A proposed 2021 shutdown of the Blaisdell Center may put Honolulu’s symphony, opera and ballet in scramble, even survival, mode.

By Don Wallace


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A Bug’s Life

As lead entomologist for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Cynthia King and her team are tasked with protecting 87% of our state’s total biodiversity. She started the first state insectary, established to propagate native rare invertebrates and other of Hawai‘i’s smallest and most overlooked species, including our state insect, the Kamehameha butterfly.

By Martha Cheng


On the Lighter Side

It’s time to put away the eating pants, the creepy Santa decorations, the Pinterest-worthy string lights—but leave the fancy glassware. Just because the holidays are over and we’re partied out doesn’t mean we’re ready to go total teetotaler in 2020. Ease off the sauce with these drinks with less than 7% alcohol by volume. Because getting blackout drunk is nobody’s New Year’s resolution.

By Katrina Valcourt


Da Meter

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



From Our Files

HONOLULU Magazine emerged as Paradise of the Pacific in 1888, commissioned by King Kalākaua himself, making it the oldest continuously publishing magazine west of the Mississippi. Here’s a dive into our archives.

By Jayna Omaye



Art of Your World

Don’t dwell on freshenin’ up your wall décor this new year—elevate your frame game with vibrant artsy prints inspired by our Island home.



Gold Fashioned

Three syllables: TUR. MER. IC. That’s the spicy new shade for Resort 2020.



Feel Good Fashion

These local brands that give back will have you looking and feeling fab.



Chic Escape

With Marina & Co. on the radar it’s sunny styles ahead.

By Brie Thalmann


HONOLULU Magazine January 2020 Cover

Find 50 ways to volunteer in the January 2020 issue.
Photo illustration: James Nakamura.

‘Ono: Food and Dining

Ritzy Business

What to get at Quiora and Rigo. And an old favorite reopens.

by Martha Cheng and Mari Taketa



Editor’s Page: Stepping Up

Sometimes the most difficult part of volunteering is just getting started.



Afterthoughts: Takin’ It to the Streets

Google Maps is finally updating its views of Hawai‘i.

By Katrina Valcourt