June 2015: Table of Contents


ON THE COVER: The lunch grilled catch at livestock tavern, one of the best new dishes in town. 
photo: Steve czerniak

Summer Reads 

Summertime seems the right time to plunge into a stack of books, whether we’re lying on the beach, the couch or traveling. We hunted down some of the best local releases of the past year, and found enough essential reads to keep your literary taste buds satisfied all summer long.

By Loren Moreno 


Finding Honouliuli 

How a phone call to a retired librarian led to the rediscovery of an almost-forgotten chapter of Hawai‘i history.

By Katrina Valcourt 


The Holoholo Guide: Big Island Edition 

OK, it’s been too long since you’ve been to the Big Island—but that doesn’t make you a tourist, so why travel like one? Here’s a plan for hitting the high points, the sweet hikes, the secret spots and the ‘ono grinds without falling prey to holoholo burnout.

By Don Wallace and Martha Cheng 


Special Section: Annual All-Island Restaurant Guide

Our annual insert celebrates all the delicious dining options Hawai‘i offers. This year, we found some of the best new dishes available around the state, and looked into a few of Hawai‘i’s most iconic, long-lasting dishes. We also get a behind-the-scenes peek into the family-style meals that many restaurants serve to their workers. Plus, a beer vs. wine pairing guide and quick tips on how to up your Instagram food game.




Traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a sailed into Auckland, New Zealand this past December, as part of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. 

By HONOLULU Magazine Staff 


June Picks

There ain’t no mountain high enough to keep us from getting out this month, now that it’s summer.



The Liberty Challenge in NYC

Outrigger canoes tackle the Liberty Challenge.

By Don Wallace 


Da Meter

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



A Saloon Reboot 

A new encore in Chinatown.

By James Charisma 


Quote Unquote: Duane Hong

After serving in the Vietnam War and a career in finance, Duane Hong, 69, wrote a new chapter of his life when he and his wife, Mae, bought decades-old King Fort Magazine Shop on Fort Street Mall.

By Robbie Dingeman 


Field Notes: Cowboy shooting club 

Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: SASH, the cowboy gun club.

By Natalie Schack 



Local ocean-inspired jewelry, plus some of the Big Island’s hottest designers and where to find their stuff. 




Editor’s Page: The Neighborhood

Feeling connected to those around us.



Afterthoughts: Hop in the Back

Hawai‘i looks better from the bed of a truck. 


From Our Files

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

BY michael keany



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