June 2013: Table of Contents

On the cover: Dr. Mark Mugiishi is one of Hawaii’s Best Doctors.

Photo by David Croxford



From the Mountain to the Sea: Saving the Heeia Ahupuaa

Three Native Hawaiian-led organizations and thousands of volunteers are at the forefront of efforts to restore an ahupuaa neighboring Kaneohe to its ancient functions—with lessons for the future.

The Anti-Waikiki

The Windward side has been mushrooming with tourism, but no one wanted it to turn into another Waikiki. Almost a year after Kailua residents took back their beach parks with a ban on commercial activity, we take a look at how the ban has impacted the ever-more-crowded Windward community.

The Doctor is Out

Hawaii currently has 635 fewer doctors than it needs. The shortage affects all islands and cuts across nearly every specialty, but primary care (which includes family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics) is disproportionately hurting. Here’s what’s being done to fix the problem.

The Best Doctors in Hawaii

Our annual “Best Doctors” list is researched by Best Doctors in America, which surveys physicians nationwide, asking, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?”



The 50th State Fair

Reasons to get out and go in June

The Naked Truth

Unsolicited Advice: Road Races!

Real Estate: Condo Rescue

Walmart Invades Downtown

Stem Cell Therapy for Pets

Field Notes: Kids’ BMX



Roberta Oaks aloha wear, a Q&A with designer/model Tori Praver, new store Quince and more.


Ono: Food & Dining

The best late-night dining in town, plus gourmet olive oil, handmade poi and Prima’s infinite selection of soups.


From Our Files

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



Editor’s Page: Changing Their Worlds

Two articles this month focus on communities that took charge of their destinies.

Afterthoughts: The Vapors

At an increasing number of local businesses, there’s no smoking allowed. Even fake smoking.


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