November 2019: Table of Contents

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Image: Aaron K. Yoshino



Saviors of the Lost Arts

While hula and lei making thrive, other ancient Hawaiian traditions are disappearing. Meet four practitioners who are fighting to keep their arts alive.

by jayna omaye


The Doctor Will See You Now

Conventional attempts to remedy the physicians shortage in Hawai‘i have failed. All ideas are on the table, including trading face time with doctors for video consultations. But time and money are running out.

by don wallace


Top Doctors

We turned to Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. to provide us with a list of the Top Doctors in Hawai‘i. Here are 575 physicians in 64 specialties.



A Good Day to Pie Hard

This Chinatown pastry shop began with custard tarts more than 30 years ago. Now, folks at the second-generation-owned bakery say people start lining up three hours before the doors open at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving for their dreamy, creamy, still-jiggly pies, which sometimes sell out by 1 p.m.

By Stacey Makiya


November Picks

A couple of throwback concerts, a magical musical and movie experience, healthy getaways and more make for some eclectic choices this month.

By Katie Kenny

SEE ALSO: HONOLULU Magazine’s Fall 2019 Bucket List: The 66 Best Things to Do on O‘ahu


No Walk in the Park

Even playgrounds and parks can spark protests. Here’s an update on three Honolulu projects making headlines.

By Shinae Lee


Shady Deals

Looking for a new leafy friend? Head to one of these spots on Nov. 2.

By Katrina Valcourt


Quote Unquote: The OG Aquaman Ralph Goto

Japan-born, Mainland-raised Ralph Goto came to Hawai‘i in the ’60s to attend UH Mānoa. He took a job as a lifeguard at the campus pool, which turned into three decades as the head of Honolulu’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division. After building the department to one of the best in the world, he retired five years ago but still volunteers with lifeguard and water safety groups—part of the reason he was honored with the Safe Hawai‘i Award this summer.

By James Charisma


Da Meter

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



Forks Optional

The traditional Filipino feast at Dana’s Restaurant in Waipahu leaves no room for dessert.

By Mari Taketa


From Our Files: 1947’s Coconut Island International Club

Before it housed the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, the island off the Windward Side was slated to be a playground for the nation’s researchers and wealthy.

By Katrina Valcourt



Sheer fashions, what we’re obsessing over, bridal and beyond.

by stacey makiya and brie thalmann


Field Guide

King at University

There are plenty of old-school haunts and new grinds on the mauka side of King Street past University Avenue.

by james charisma


HONOLULU Magazine November 2019 Cover
Dr. Elna Masuda, a vascular surgeon, is one of our Top Doctors for 2019. Read more about her and find the full list of Top Doctors.
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino. Hair/makeup: Risa Hoshino.

‘Ono: Food and Dining

Supper Heroes

Zetton, the Japan-based restaurant group, operates six restaurants in Waikīkī. Did they copy Hawai‘i cuisine and make it better?

by martha cheng



Editor’s Page: Screenside Manner

If reaching a doctor 24/7 is as simple as turning on a computer, why aren’t more of us doing it?



Inside HONOLULU: 50 Days at HONOLULU

My 10-week internship included impromptu office yoga, designer samples and award-winning snacks.

BY Shinae Lee


Afterthoughts: I’m Local, I Swear!

I grew up here. So why do I feel guilty hitting up tourist attractions?

By Katrina Valcourt

HONOLULU Magazine’s Burger Bash 2019 Presented by Alaska Mileage PlanMore than 20 restaurants will beef for the title of favorite burger at our HONOLULU Magazine event. Join us for this free event at Kāhala Mall on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 4 to 9 p.m. for food vendors, live entertainment, keiki activities and more. Buy a $25 Burger Bash Pass to skip the lines and pick up five smaller versions (i.e. room for more) of burgers from restaurants including Smith and Kings, Butcher and Bird, Chili’s, Burger Hale and Local I‘a.