May 2019: Table of Contents

Honolulu Magazine May 2019



Living Small

Over the past decade, small-space living seized the national spotlight with TV shows, books, blogs and businesses focused on the trend. Locally, making do with fewer square feet has long been a fact of life for Hawai‘i families: from high-end urban condos to refurbished cottages and even bamboo kit homes.

By Robbie Dingeman


SEE ALSO: 603 Permits For ADUs on O‘ahu Were Issued From Jan. 2016 to March 2019


Real Estate Extremes: O‘ahu’s Peaks and Valleys

Twenty of the most and least expensive houses and condos sold on O‘ahu in 2018.

by rachel ross bradley


The 2019 Homebuyers’ Guide

Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, refinance or insure a home, our annual Homebuyers’ Guide is a great place to find expert help; the professionals list- ed here come highly recommended by our readers and other professionals.


Remembering Rap

Thirty-five years after his mysterious death, a new book tells the story of Hawai‘i humorist Rap Reiplinger, writ- ten by his widow, Leesa Clark Stone.

BY Robbie Dingeman


SEE ALSO: Remembering Rap: What Rap Reiplinger Lines Made You Laugh the Most?



May Picks

Harvest your own dinner, buy a new book—or a dozen—and join in magic-making in a historic theater.

By Christi Young


SEE ALSO: Learn How to Make Your Own Lei Po‘o for Lei Day 2019


Junior Lifeguards to the Rescue

Here’s how the junior lifeguard program inspires the next generation of ocean-safety leaders

BY Jayna omaye


New Cookbook Highlights Local Food

In her new cookbook, Maui-raised Alana Kysar shines a spotlight on local Hawai‘i food.

BY Martha Cheng


Quote Unquote

When he’s not coordinating the Honolulu City Lights annual holiday wreath contest or dressing up for historical re-enactments, Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts Registrar Tory Laitila is responsible for helping manage the city’s art collection—which includes overseeing acquisitions, maintaining and coordinating installations, and rotating more than 1,100 art pieces on display at various facilities across O‘ahu.

BY James Charisma


Da Meter

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



From Our Files: Housing in Hawai‘i in 1978

In the late 1970s, Hawai‘i’s housing prices were on the rise. Fast forward four decades, and we’re still singing the same tune.

BY Jayna Omaye




By Stacey Makiya and Brie Thalmann


A Whole Blue World

Hitting the floor this spring, Max Mara’s all-frills Denim Culture collection showcases raw, stretch and classic denim in playful, jean-ious ways. Best part? It fit the Hawai‘i market so well, it’s only sold here.


One to Watch: Lynn Sakutori

Meet the little-known local designer behind some favorite womenswear lines.


Prize Possessions

We’ll admit it, we’ve got a bit of a rock candy crush. But then again, who wouldn’t be sweet on spring’s mix of lust-worthy gilded rings trimmed with the prettiest of gems?


Keep Palm & Carry On

Samudra’s new spot-on collection gave us the perfect opportunity to catch up with one of the chicest bag ladies in town.



Field Guide

Old-School Kalihi

The 200 block of Kalihi’s Mokauea Street is the official home base for decades-old local businesses, hole-in-the-wall restaurants and industrial warehouses.

BY Maria Kanai



‘Ono: Food & Dining

Expanding Tastes

Reviews of three new restaurants: Rangoon Burmese Kitchen, Chengdu Taste and Goen Dining + Bar

By Martha Cheng



HONOLULU Magazine May 2019 Cover
Gaura Johnson and Gora Thiemann outside their tiny Windward home. Tour theirs and five other small places in the new issue of HONOLULu magazine.


Editor’s Page: Get Pen?

If you ask my daughter, she likes the cracker.



Inside HONOLULU: Lost in Space

The camera adds 10 pounds and hundreds of extra square feet. So how do you shoot small?

BY James Nakamura


Afterthoughts: Homeward Bound

Why I scrimp a little, save a lot.

By Katrina Valcourt