September 2019: Table of Contents


Fall’s Story Line

Take a page from this season’s runways and cozy up to bookish blazers, romantic flourishes and lapidary jewel hues.

by STAcey Makiya and Brie Thalmann


The 2019 Hale ‘Aina Awards

For more than three decades, our readers have been naming the best restaurants in Hawai‘i. This year, we go behind the scenes with two seasoned local chefs and learn how their pasts influence their food. Plus, sip your way through three flights of alcohol, discover how one restaurant builds a tasting menu and more.


by Martha Cheng, Mari Taketa, Katrina Valcourt and Don Wallace


SEE ALSO: 2019 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners: The Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i



September Picks

​Take your pick of three festivals, a Pixar classic on the beach, two sporting events, a meaningful pau hana and the high notes of a legendary ’60s band.

By Katie Kenny


Just Keep Swimming

The oldest female competitor prepares for the 50th annual Waikīkī Roughwater Swim.

By Martha Cheng


Da Meter

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



Quote Unquote: Crystal Rose

Hilo-born attorney Crystal Rose first attended Kamehameha Schools as a student boarder, graduated, became an attorney who challenged the leadership of the institution in 1998 and helped catalyze fundamental changes, defended the school’s Hawaiian-preference admissions policy and on July 1, she began a new role as trustee of the powerful organization at a salary of $165,000.

Interview by Robbie Dingeman


Food: Natural Corn Leaders

A new tortilleria grinds heirloom corn for its handmade tortillas.

By Martha Cheng


From Our Files: ​​1981: ​Interview with Tom Selleck

When the original Magnum, P.I., went off the air in 1988, it was one of TV’s highest-rated shows. Twenty years later the reboot debuted. Its new season premieres Friday, Sept. 27.

By Katrina Valcourt


Field Guide

East Mānoa Road

Winding its way through a community that’s part college town, part longtime historic neighborhood, East Mānoa Road is going modern, in a small-town way.

BY Christi Young | Photography by David Croxford


HONOLULU Magazine September 2019 Cover
Chef Sheldon Simeon makes a statement with his dishes at Lineage, our readers’ pick for Best New Restaurant in the 2019 Hale ‘Aina Awards. 
Photo: Steve Czerniak


Editor’s Page: It’s Been a Long Time

HONOLULU Magazine and Andy’s Sandwiches and Smoothies’ relationship began with a bowl of lentil soup and a brownie.



Inside HONOLULU: Changing the Hale Rules

Great food is still on the menu. But the rest of our best restaurants celebration has changed.



Afterthoughts: Minority Report

The New York Times applauds our ethnic flexibility. So why are we so upset?

By Katrina Valcourt


HONOLULU Magazine established the Hale ‘Aina Awards in 1984, becoming the first local restaurant awards program. The first event was a potluck celebration in a HONOLULU Magazine conference room and over the years it’s grown into a glamorous gala. Now, it’s Hawai‘i’s longest-running and most distinguished culinary awards program, voted on by the savvy readers of HONOLULU Magazine for the best restaurants in Hawai‘i in 38 categories. Don’t miss our best dining event of the year. Tickets for the 2019 Hale ‘Aina Celebration presented by First Hawaiian Bank are limited and on sale now!