March 2016: Table of Contents


On the cover: Marcus Mariota, one of HONOLULU Magazine’s Islanders of the Year. Photo by Aaron Yoshino. Photo retouching by Michael Brittain.

Spring Fashion: Into the Woods

This year’s spring fashions take us on a fantastical journey through the looking glass with an enchanting array of cascading gowns, majestic metallic embellishments and bewitching silhouettes.

by stacey makiya and brie thalmann

Islanders of the Year

From philanthropy to Hawaiian culture to sports—here are the people who made the most impact on Hawai‘i in 2015.

by robbie dingeman, daniel ikaika ito, michael keany, natalie schack, brie thalmann, catherine toth fox, katrina valcourt and don wallace



 Feeling lucky?

Green-thinking revelers normally look to the Irish for inspiration come St. Patrick’s Day but, as luck would have it, Hawai‘i boasts its own indigenous plant that’s right in the spirit of the season.



March Picks 

Sun’s out, buns out! Between beach barbecues, welcome spring with rubber ducks, brews and an art exhibit about plastic.

By Katrina Valcourt


The Palace’s revamped fence

The ‘Iolani Palace fence gets a shiny new look.

By Michael Keany


Onizuka Space Center closes

Museum dedicated to Hawai‘i’s first astronaut shuts down this month.

By Robbie Dingeman 


Da Meter

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



Controlling mongooses

A new strategy for controlling rats and mongooses in conservation areas needs public comment by April 7.

By catherine toth fox


Quote Unquote: Keānuenue DeSoto

Last December, Keānuenue DeSoto, 12, presented her first collection, Mākaha Fierce, before fashion notables that included Kini Zamora, who came out to support this designer on the rise. 

By Stacey Makiya 


Field Notes: WWOOFers

Field Notes explores Honolulu’s vast and varied scenes and subcultures. This month: WWOOFers.

By Kelsey Amos 


 ‘Ono: Food and Dining

Sam Choy is back with a new TV show, and he wants to cook in your kitchen.

by catherine toth fox



Editor’s Page: Making the List

Islander of the Year reboots.

by robbie dingeman


Afterthoughts: Water You Thinking

Why does a reflecting pool have to be so complicated?

by michael keany

From Our Files

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