June/July 2020: Table of Contents


The June/July issue of HONOLULU Magazine will be available in late June, on newsstands or at shop.honolulumagazine.com. Subscribe to the print and digital editions now.


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Marie Hathaway, paramedic supervisor at Metro One EMS, transported one of the first known COVID-19 patients in Honolulu. Read what life was like for her when the pandemic first hit in “Life Interrupted.” Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino



Life Interrupted

We asked Honolulu residents—a police officer, paramedic, care home owner, high school senior, critical care nurse and more—about the moments their lives were suddenly changed by the pandemic on O‘ahu. Here are their stories in their own words.

as told to martha cheng, robbie dingeman, jayna omaye, katrina valcourt and christi young



After a year of eating, adventuring, shopping, experimenting and researching, it’s time for our annual Best of HONOLULU issue. We sought out the best of everything—from local sake to seafood boil, gift shop to greeting cards, bank to barbershop—all so you can live better in Honolulu.

by james charisma, martha cheng, cathy cruz-george, robbie dingeman, katie kenny, stacey makiya, jayna omaye, mari taketa, brie thalmann, katrina valcourt and christi young


Telltale Tech

Telehealth, virtual visits and keeping people out of the emergency room took on heightened importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearable technology can be key to all three. As devices worn on wrists, under the skin and even in underwear track everything from sleep to steps, they’re ushering in a new age of health care.

by jayna omaye

  best fried chicken sandwich

This gloriously stacked sandwich from Earl came out on top after a fried chicken sandwich battle with other local restaurants. Find out what makes it so great in our Best of HONOLULU feature.

photo: aaron k. yoshino



Zoo and Improved

Honolulu got some good news while most of the city was shut down.


Summer Picks

Ditch the next Zoom meeting, step away from the puzzle, turn off Hulu and put down that baking tray: You deserve a little self-isolation vacation. This summer, plan a trip to some of our state’s cultural, historical and natural treasures from the comfort of your quarantine cave.

By Katie Kenny


The Best in the Worst of Times

When businesses across the state shut down, hundreds found themselves needing help for the first time in their lives. The Hawai‘i Foodbank was there.

By Christi Young


Drinking Game

It was a Dark ’n’ Stormy night. Or maybe an Old-Fashioned one. All we know is Kō Hana was there … or was it Hana Koa? We swear we’re not seeing double: The two local alcohol producers walked into a bar, and we haven’t been able to keep them straight since. Here’s your cheat sheet for their key diff erences.



Da Meter

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


From Our Files

For 133 years HONOLULU Magazine has kept its readers and advertisers at the vanguard of fashion, insight and fun. Starting out as Paradise of the Pacific in 1888 with a commission from King Kalākaua, we’re the oldest continually publishing magazine west of the Mississippi—and our archives rock!




Launching During Lockdown

Three new restaurants opened their doors for the first time during the pandemic. Here’s how they quickly adapted to the new normal.

by martha cheng and mari taketa



Editor’s Page: Best of the Unexpected

How can you discover the best things to do in a city from a distance?



Afterthoughts: All My Best

Cheers to the places that have given us reasons to smile.

By Katrina Valcourt