March 2019: Table of Contents
Special Section: Annual All-Island Restaurant Guide
Our annual insert celebrates all the delicious dining options Hawai‘i offers. This year, we found 16 dishes that spotlight trending local ingredients, the best Taco Tuesday deals around town, the story behind six chefs’ favorite knives and expertly recommended BYOB picks. We also built the perfect pizza from several excellent slices and find out which restaurant’s wings came out on top of our March Madness-style bracket.
6 Hawai‘i Chefs Tell the Stories Behind Their Favorite Knife
8 of O‘ahu’s Best Wings Battle For The Top Spot as Lord of the Wings
The Perfect Pizza Doesn’t Exist—So We Built Our Own With Slices From 6 Honolulu Spots
Almost exactly 10 years after statehood, Hawai‘i’s lawmakers made the move from a palace to the nation’s last state Capitol. Now, 50 years later, you’re invited to the celebration.
BY ROBBIE DINGEMAN AND CHRISTI YOUNG
Spring Fashion: Desert Blooms
Adventure calls this spring with safari-inspired silhouettes, wildly fun florals and earthy, sun-drenched hues.
BY STACEY MAKIYA AND BRIE THALMANN
Lost … Then Found
A sketch of Maui that began on a French ship in 1819 is back in the Islands because of a collector, an Australian book dealer and a secret donor.
BY ROBBIE DINGEMAN
Two reasons to run, local comedy giants and a Hōkūle‘a-inspired symphony performance take center stage this month.
By Christi Young
SEE ALSO: 5 Free Events in Honolulu in March 2019
Get ready to walk through interactive, botanical and LED art installations all over town. The Honolulu Biennial is back.
BY Kathleen Wong
Hawai‘i’s New Genre Writers Bust Out
These aren’t your grandmother’s romances, kid sister’s sword-and-buckler fantasies or Michener middlebrows. By owning local subjects—and losing the kitsch and cultural gaffes—Island writers are winning national audiences.
BY DON WALLACE
Thin, crispy Hawai‘i-made beef jerky is officially a thing. We tasted 24 flavors to come up with our must-try short list.
BY ROBBIE DINGEMAN
SEE ALSO: 5 Places to Satisfy Your Malassada Craving on Fat Tuesday
Gauging what’s hot and what’s not in Honolulu.
BY HONOLULU MAGAZINE STAFF
Quote Unquote: Murphy’s Draw
Don Murphy, 68, never dreamed of owning a restaurant, but when his boss, an investment banker in California, bought the old Matteo’s Royal Tavern on Merchant Street, it was either move to Hawai‘i and run it or be out of a job. Thirty-one years later, Murphy’s Bar and Grill is known as much for its St. Patrick’s Day block party and giving back to the community through fundraisers as it is for the stellar homemade pies made by “the backbone of this place,” Murphy’s wife, Marion.
Interview by KATRINA VALCOURT
From Our Files: Halekoa: The End of an Epoch
A modern state building was in the works. But a quiet coral-block barracks stood in its way.
BY Christi Young
How a couple’s real estate buy transformed a once seedy stretch of Kamehameha Highway in Wahiawā.
By natalie schack
Kaua‘i shrimp stars in this comforting risotto dish at Mahina & Sun’s. Read more about four local ingredients in the spotlight now in our All-Island Restaurant Guide.
PHOTO: STEVE CZERNIAK
Editor’s Page: And So It Grows
My admiration for farmers stems from decades of backyard fails.
BY CHRISTI YOUNG
Inside HONOLULU: Not Really Goodbye
It’s not really leaving when you’re still in the same office.
BY CATHERINE TOTH FOX
Afterthoughts: Don’t Shoot the Messenger
There’s a reason I take so many food pictures.
By Katrina Valcourt