Inside the latest issue of HAWAII Magazine

HAWAII Magazine's July/August 2015 issue just hit newsstands nationwide. Inside, we explore the many cultures and ethnicities that comprise the Hawaiian Islands. We're excited to bring you new, original and useful content about the diversity of people that make our Islands great.

Here's a sneak peek:

• Though life on Hawaii's sugar plantations wasn't always sweet, plantations were largely responsible for drawing many ethnicities to the Islands and inspiring the blending of cultures that persists in Hawaii today. Veteran freelancer Catherine E. Toth delves into the pre- and post-plantation era history of major immigrant groups for a detailed 8-page feature. Learn how and when different populations arrived and where you can go to experience each of those cultures today.

• Outgoing editor, Derek Paiva, visited little-known Oahu gem, Hawaii's Plantation Village, to experience plantation history first hand. His story, chock-full of images of the outdoor museum's artifacts dated from 1850 to around 1950—from Puerto Rican musical instruments, an Asian kau kau tin, Okinawan slippers to furniture used by Portuguese luna (bosses)—explores the history of the Oahu Sugar Co. mill in Waipahu.

• Photographer and one-time Lanai resident Grant Kaye's photo essay on some of the disappearing places on Lanai graced the pages of our Jan/Feb 2015 issue (and inspired the big purple pineapple on the cover). Now Kaye's work returns to HAWAII Magazine with an intimate peek into area communities and the lives of residents of the Pineapple Isle.

• Also in this issue? Roundups of our favorite new Hawaii-designed slippahs (that's flip-flops to you mainlanders) and upcoming events. And, Island Hoppings that: visit James Beard Foundation Award-winning Oahu restaurant Helena's Hawaiian Food, take readers to a traditional Hawaiian kapa-making course on Maui, explore a new craft brewery on Kauai in downtown Lihue, and share conversations with the long-time staff of Hawaii Island's luxurious and historic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the eve of its 50th birthday. But, that's not all... there's also tips on local designer wares and delicious desserts, instruction on how to administer and enjoy Hawaiian lomilomi (traditional massage) and "One Last Look" across the Auau Channel from Lanai.

We're excited to share our latest issue with you!

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