September 2021: Table of Contents


Hawaii Best New Restaurant Lemon Dream Kapa Hale

The Lemon Dream at Hawai‘i’s Best New Restaurant. Photo: Olivier Koning






Fall Fashion: All the Fall Feels

Forget furs and puffers, come fall we elevate our ensembles with eye-catching textures: embellished knits, intricate crochets and feel-good wools.

By Stacey Makiya


2021 Hale ‘Aina Awards

For more than three decades, our readers have been naming the best restaurants in Hawai‘i. This year, we construct the ultimate Hawaiian plate, map out a drink crawl, dine under one of Honolulu’s best trees, talk to our Restaurateurs of the Year about how they sustained a community with a trifecta of comfort foods and more.

By Maria Burke, Martha Cheng, Mari Taketa, Katrina Valcourt and Christi Young


Hidden in History

UH chemist Alice A. Ball discovered the world’s first leprosy treatment more than a hundred years ago, after achieving several firsts at the university in her short career. Why don’t more of us know her name?

By Carlyn Tani






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The meze platter from Istanbul Hawai‘i. Photo: Olivier Koning

The Home Green

The Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex will be home turf for the UH Rainbow Warriors’ games in 2021. But this isn’t the first move for the football team in the past 100 years, or the last.

By Kainoa Deguilmo


September Picks

See ya later, sweaty summer: We’re ready to fall in love this season with a handful of amazing activities. Head to the Windward Side for photography workshops, the North Shore for a festival, Waikīkī for a race, then out west to support local businesses in Kapolei.

By Eve Huddleston and Katie Kenny


Mail Order Crime

A new book by the attorney who unraveled one of Honolulu’s biggest corruption scandals tracks the byzantine path of the crimes—and ultimate convictions—of Honolulu law enforcement’s once high-rolling power couple: former police Chief Louis Kealoha and ex-deputy city prosecutor Katherine Kealoha.

By Robbie Dingeman


Gifts of Hope

They look like simple wooden boxes filled with trinkets. But a local designer’s creation after a difficult diagnosis is offering comfort to local patients.

By Stacey Makiya


Da Meter

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



In Honolulu, September is synonymous with the annual Okinawan Festival and, for us at least, an insatiable craving for fresh andagi, the ambassador of Okinawan cuisine. We asked Okinawan food enthusiast (and head of the festival’s Feastival team) Shari Tamashiro for her top places to pick up the māsaibin (delicious) deep-fried doughnut with the crispy exterior year-round. One rule: Always try to get it fresh.

By Christi Young


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 Katrina Valcourt


Where To Find Andagi In Honolulu

Andagi. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino






Editor’s Page: At Your Service

When it comes to our dining industry, we can all bring something to the table.

By Christi Young


Afterthoughts: Back in the Heyday

Drinking at Waikīkī’s latest bar feels like both a homecoming and a betrayal.

By Katrina Valcourt