Aloha Friday Picks: Taking it Back to the ’80s

This weekend is looking ... radical.

Photo: Getty ImagesAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at Ever find yourself reminiscing about the ’80s? MTV actually played music videos, Prince was king and fashion choices weren’t scared of neon hues. If you’re pining for the…

The 5 Best Towns in Hawaiʻi in 2021

Here’s a ranked list of the best towns to visit, according to our 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Lahaina, Maui, sits at the top of our list once again this year. Photo: Getty ImagesSure, the beaches and hikes and landscapes of Hawaiʻi get most of the attention from visitors, but when it comes to what gives Hawaiʻi that aloha spirit, you have to take into account the Islands’ towns. That is, after all, where the people are. From businesses…

Aloha Friday Picks: Experience Hawaiʻi with These Virtual Events

Listen to Hawaiian music, brush up on your ʻukulele or run a half-marathon this weekend, wherever you are.

Run the Hapalua half-marathon wherever you are this weekend. Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Marathon AssociationAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at   You don’t have to leave your house this weekend to experience the Islands. Join the…

Learn to Glide Over the Ocean with a Foil Board Invented on Maui

It's not just for the pros.

Photo: Courtesy of Alex AgueraIn 2016, Maui-based pro-wind surfer Alex Aguera reinvented the foil board and sparked a worldwide phenomenon.  At the request of pro-surfer and all-around waterman Kai Lenny, Aguera was asked to design a foil board that could be ridden using only the energy of the ocean and the individual paddling the board. Before Aguera’s modernized version in…

These Contemporary Condominiums Offer a Premier Urban-Island Lifestyle

An inside look at Ward Village’s ‘A‘aliʻi homes.

Photos: Courtesy of Ward VillageNestled between Waikīkī and Downtown Honolulu, Ward Village is a vibrant neighborhood just waiting to be discovered. This master planned community provides modern conveniences all within walking distance. Here, leading a balanced life focused on overall wellbeing is encouraged, and more attainable.  Artist’s Rendering of Future, Planned Victoria Ward Park Ward Village connects residents to the community, and to nature. When you live…

Heavy Rains Across Hawaiʻi Cause Destructive Flooding on All Islands

Residents on Maui say this is some of the worst flooding they've seen in the past 25 years.

Photo: Getty ImagesYesterday, on March 9, Hawaiʻi experienced an onslaught of rain and stormy weather, flooding towns and districts across all islands. On Oʻahu, the North Shore got the worst of the weather. Overflowing rivers caused road closures throughout the area, and those in Haleʻiwa were ordered to evacuate because of “catastrophic flooding.” While the order has been lifted, the…

See the New Residents at the Honolulu Zoo on Oʻahu

The Oʻahu zoo recently added three meerkats and a baby sloth.

Photo: Getty ImagesThere are a few new residents at the Honolulu Zoo—and more days during the week you can view them. Starting Monday the 42-acre zoo will be open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And that means more time to spend with three new meerkats the zoo acquired—and a new baby sloth, too. Brothers Raphael,…

The ʻUkulele Festival Hawaiʻi Returns this Summer—Virtually

After cancelling last year due to COVID-19, the ʻUkulele Hawaiʻi Festival makes its comeback in a new digital format.

Photo: Courtesy of Tina Mahina, Ukulele Festival HawaiʻiThe sound of strumming ʻukulele was missed at Kapiʻolani Park last year, as the ʻUkulele Festival Hawaiʻi was forced to cancel for the first time in its long, storied history. Put on annually by Roy and Kathy Sakuma—Roy was recently interviewed by HAWAIʻI Magazine on the “Have Aloha Will Travel” podcast, which you can…

Podcast Show Notes: Have Aloha Will Travel EP51

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!

Photo: Getty ImagesOn their steady march to episode 100, Cat and Kevin reconvene on the mics to answer your questions. Picked out from emails, Facebook comments and Instagram inquiries, the duo discusses a wide range of topics, like why subscribers are now receiving HONOLULU Magazine, what the “best” time to visit Hawaiʻi is and how locals feel about mainland visitors….

Aloha Friday Picks: Eat Gao, Eat Shave Ice and Stargaze on Oʻahu

Celebrate Lunar New Year, Matsumoto Shave Ice and Valentine’s Day—all in one weekend.

Photo: Getty ImagesAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at Today is Lunar New Year, Saturday is the 70th anniversary of Matsumoto Shave Ice opening in Haleʻiwa and Sunday is Valentine’s Day. You can’t say there’s…

HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: Steamed Shrimp and Chives Dumplings

Celebrate Lunar New Year with this traditional dumpling recipe by an award-winning restaurant.

Photo: Courtesy of Tim Ho WanGong Hei Fat Choy! Friday is Lunar New Year—or, as it’s referred to in Hawaiʻi, Chinese New Year—and food is always part of it, whether it’s noodles or nian gao. READ MORE: 8 Foods to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Honolulu Chef Xue Chong Ruan of the award-winning Tim Ho Wan at the Royal Hawaiian…

Aloha Friday Picks: Find ʻOhana, Eat Noods and Spend a Day in the Park

This weekend is for the movie lovers, foodies and park ... lovers.

Photo: Getty ImagesAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at Brace yourselves, Valentine’s weekend is on the horizon. Soon enough, the smell of flowers, the scent of chocolates and shades of pink—from hot to salmon—will be…

HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: Aloha 2021

Spice up your Superbowl with this Hawaiʻi-inspired cocktail.

Photo: Courtesy of Aloha Spice Co.We may not be gathering for this weekend’s Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep the party bland. Do double-duty with Aloha Spice Co.’s Guava Lime Smoked Hawaiian Sea Salt—great on fish and chicken—by using this spice mix in a cocktail. Photo: Courtesy of Aloha Spice Co. David Honma, Kōloa Rum Co….

HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: Journey’s Breakfast Burger

The trick to this popular breakfast burger? Butter and quality meat.

The popular breakfast burger from Journey by HFC. Photo: Melissa ChangIf you’ve been to the FarmLovers Markets in Kakaʻako or Kailua on Oʻahu recently—and you really should—you may have noticed people chowing on a decadent egg-topped burger on charcoal brioche bun. The breakfast burger is one of the most popular dishes sold by Journey by HFC (Hawaiʻi Food Collective)—and we…

Aloha Friday Picks: It’s Time to Make Those New Years’ Resolutions a Reality

If you wanted to get more exercise, spruce up your home or watch more movies in 2021, this weekend is a great time to start.

Photo: Kevin AllenAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at   As fun as they are to make, New Years’ resolutions tend to get forgotten—or ignored—by the time February rolls around. So don’t let that happen to you! Fortunately,…

A Look at Elvis Presley’s Love Affair with Hawaiʻi

The King filmed movies, held concerts and took family vacations in the Islands.

Elvis Presley impersonator Johnny Fortuno meets a fan at the Rock-a-Hula tribute show in Waikīkī. Photo: Courtesy of Rock-A-HulaThe list of celebrities who regularly vacation or film movies in Hawaiʻi is long and varied, from Adam Sandler to Emma Stone to Beyonce. Then there are the ones own homes in the Islands, too: Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Roseanne Barr and…

Podcast Show Notes: Have Aloha Will Travel EP48

Cat and Kevin welcome in the new year on this week's episode of the “Have Aloha Will Travel” podcast.

Photo: Getty ImagesIt’s 2021 and the “Have Aloha Will Travel” podcast is back—for the first time since last year. To celebrate the passing of 2020, Cat and Kevin decided they’d give listeners a sneak peek at some things HAWAIʻI Magazine is planning to do in 2021, like a brand-spanking-new website and producing more Neighbor Island content. Our “Holoholo” video series is also making a…

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Job Openings & Guidelines for Freelancers Job Openings Account Executive Freelance Opportunities PROFESSIONAL WRITERS HAWAIʻI Magazine is an award-winning quarterly regional travel publication, with a national paid circulation of 68,000 and per issue readership of more than 289,000. The magazine is written for people who love Hawaiʻi and visit often, but who primarily reside outside of Hawaiʻi. We have the largest…

Here’s How To Safely View the New Eruption on Hawaiʻi Island

Due to COVID-19, visitors must wear masks and stay six feet apart.

Visitors experience the new summit eruption at Kīlauea volcano in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Photo: J. Wei/National Park ServiceAs news spread of a new eruption at Kīlauea on Hawaiʻi Island, hundreds of visitors rushed over to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park yesterday and today for a glimpse of the spectacular sight. SEE ALSO: There’s a New Eruption at Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaiʻi…

8 Hawaiʻi Gifts Great for Kids

From reef-safe sunscreen to adorable swaddles, these gifts are the next best thing to a family vacation to the Islands.

Photo: Courtesy of Keiki KaukauMaybe you had to cancel your Hawaiʻi vacation this summer. That’s OK. These gifts for your kids—from babies to tweens—are the next best thing. 1. ʻOhana Big Wave Bundle Pack, Little Hands Hawaiʻi Photo: Courtesy of Little Hands Hawaiʻi Stock up on reef-safe, organic sunscreen—made in Hawaiʻi!—with this family bundle, which includes enough sun protection for…

HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: Miso Chicken Thighs

This recipe is based on the miso chicken from Hari Kojima’s beloved ‘Local-Style Favorites’ cookbook.

Photo: Dawn Sakamoto PaivaWhen Adrienne Robillard set out to write “The ʻOhana Grill Cookbook: Easy and Delicious Hawaiʻi-Inspired Recipes from BBQ Chicken to Kalbi Short Ribs” (Ulysses Press, 2020), she spent months researching recipes for the grill, often turning to old cookbooks she found at the Kailua Public Library on Oʻahu. One of the cookbooks she came across was Hari Kojima’s beloved “Local-Style…

13 Gift Ideas for Anyone Who Loves Hawaiʻi

Love the Islands? Then you'll love these 13 locally designed gifts.

This pineapple-y mug from Honolulu-based HiLife is one of our picks for gifts for those who love the Islands. Photo: Courtesy of HiLife Since most of us aren’t traveling this holiday season, here are 10 gifts to get you in the mood to plan your next visit to the Islands. 1. This Is My Happy Place Floursack Towel, SoHa Living…

HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: Panko-Crusted ʻAhi

This popular local dish by DK Restaurants is elevated by a soy-wasabi butter sauce.

Photo: Melissa ChangIt may be an unconventional holiday dish, but sushi—especially this recipe by notable Hawaiʻi chef Dave “DK” Kodama—can turn your traditional spread into something unexpected. Folks in Hawaiʻi eat sushi all the time. There are so many variations, from simple rice rolls with pickled vegetables to unique creations stuffed with everything from avocado to shrimp tempura to spicy crab….

What You Need To Know If You’re Traveling To Hawaiʻi Now—UPDATED

On Oct. 15, the state will start its pre-arrival testing program—and it’s complicated.

Photo: Getty ImagesUpdated Nov. 20, 2020 Hawaiʻi will launch its pre-arrival testing program for trans-Pacific travelers on Oct. 15. That means, if you can provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure, you will not have to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in the Islands. However, starting Nov. 24, trans-Pacific travelers to the Islands who can’t present evidence…