July/August 2022: Table of Contents

Hb Slice

Ice cream pies from Slice by HB Baking. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino





From best Korean fried chicken to banh mi, the best way to get into pickleball to best beach blanket, we pulled together the top food, fitness, shopping, services and family-friendly picks to live your best life in Honolulu.

By Maria Burke, Martha Cheng, Robbie Dingeman, Laura Dornbush, Stacey Makiya, James Nakamura, Thomas Obungen, Diane Seo, Mari Taketa, Brie Thalmann, Catherine Toth Fox and Don Wallace


Private School Guide

We reflect on the past 20 years of education in Hawai‘i by talking with former students who now teach at their alma maters. Plus, find tips for the application process and more information about the state’s private schools.





Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino



Summer Picks

Jack Johnson, New Kids on the Block and the Korean Festival—yes, big events are back!

By Diane Seo


Breakthrough author Joseph Han

Joseph Han’s Nuclear Family delights with Korean kitchen adventures and dead-on observations of Island stresses. But food only goes so far in easing the pain of separation and the pining for reconciliation.

By Don Wallace

Da Meter

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


A new use for invasive trees

The Albizia Project uses a highly invasive tree and its long-scorned wood to create designs and surfboards the old-school way.

By Martha Cheng


Is it ube or sweet potato?

The rising popularity of intensely purple ube has prompted some local farmers to grow the yam, but local sweet potatoes still reign supreme across most dinner tables.

By Robbie Dingeman


From Our Files

HONOLULU Magazine emerged from predecessor Paradise of the Pacific, which began in 1888, fulfilling a commission by King Kalakaua. That makes this the oldest continually publishing magazine west of the Mississippi, with an enviable archive worth diving into each month.

By Christi Young




Editor’s Page: Serendipity and Flow

Learning to let go and be open to new opportunities.

By Diane Seo


Afterthoughts: Varsity Blues

Dumpster diving for a piece of history.

By James Charisma

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