November 2020: Table of Contents

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Carissa Moore joins the World Surf League tour this month off Maui. Photo: Ed Sloane





November Cover

Photo illustration by James Nakamura.

Organized Crime in the 808

Since the 1970s, organized crime in Hawai‘i has rippled through the community, from gangland-style slayings, gambling and drugs to diverse global operations. We take a closer look at how organized crime has changed over the decades.

By Robbie Dingeman


2021 Ola Pono Awards

Volunteers are a vital part of Hawai‘i’s nonprofits. For our second Ola Pono Awards, we asked our readers to nominate people who inspire through their compassion and dedication. Meet the 2021 honorees.

By Martha Cheng, Katrina Valcourt and Christi Young


Holoholo Hawai‘i

Read about the longest-running lei stand at the airport, a Q&A with chef Lee Anne Wong, horseback-riding on Kaua‘i and more Neighbor Island fun in this section by our sister magazine.

By Hawai‘i Magazine Staff


Help STILL Wanted

Health care, education and law enforcement have struggled for years to hire and keep people. Some staffing shortages have reached crisis levels—and that was before COVID-19. What’s working, what’s failed and what needs to be done to fix these decades-old problems?

By Cynthia Wessendorf


Women of Distinction

It is HONOLULU Magazine’s pleasure to introduce this special section spotlighting outstanding local women—leaders, humanitarians and all-around fearless females—who have made their mark as a force in this community. Join us in celebrating the 2020 Women of Distinction.

By Marisa Heung


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Four ultimate chocolate cakes. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino





Waves of Change

No wasting this crisis: Thanks to some bold moves, surf fans (and sports-starved viewers) will see lots more action on the World Surf League tour this year and going forward.

By Don Wallace


November Picks

‘Tis the season to love the island we live on with the 40th anniversary of an international film festival, a Thanksgiving concert, sunflower gazing, tree planting, take a hike and more.

By Katie Kenny


Hit Play

Three uplifting new local albums we’re downloading now.

By Christi Young


Da Meter

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


Dark Pleasures

Four comforting, old-fashioned chocolate cakes.

By Martha Cheng


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. Take a look into our archives.

By Christi Young


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Dining al fresco with the besto. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino





Gem de la Crème

The next time you do your hair toss on Zoom, make sure your lobes are dripping in gorgeous gems from our favorite fashion houses. You’ll look good as hell.

By Stacey Makiya


Tropic Like It’s Hot

Table talk has a new meaning when you impress your guests with a tropical spread that’s brimming with good taste, fresh picks and festive spirits.

By Stacey Makiya


The Lo Must Go On

After more than three decades, Riches Kāhala said goodbye. The glass-walled boutique in the middle of Kāhala Mall was iconic for many East O‘ahu shoppers, largely because of the dynamic redhead who helmed it. Lo Kaimuloa talks about loss, love and last hurrah.

By Stacey Makiya


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Takeout from Chef Mavro.



‘Ono: Food & Dining in Hawai‘i


M is for Metamorphosis

When Jeremy Shigekane bought Chef Mavro in March and rolled out more affordable options, it seemed like a pandemic pivot. It wasn’t. Not exactly.

By Martha Cheng


The Coffeeman Cometh

Get fresh, locally roasted coffee delivered with Grok Coffee’s new environmentally friendly subscription service.

By Katrina Valcourt


Block Around the Clock

The 70-year-old Honolulu family business Aloha Tofu offers some of the cheapest and freshest tofu to go.

By Robbie Dingeman





Editor’s Page: It’s Personal

In a time when we can easily feel disconnected, a simple question may be all we need to be reinspired to reach out.

By Christi Young


Afterthoughts: Statue of Limitations

It’s time to let our monuments accurately reflect the stories we want to tell.

By Katrina Valcourt