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Our Favorite Things

Hawaii Business staff describes cherished foods, activities, entertainment and more

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Jill Hamasaki          
>> Advertising Executive

Family: I have a very close-knit family, and I love spending time with them no matter where we get together. Whether at someone’s house, a restaurant, a beach or a park, it is always a great time filled with loud talking, laughter and good food.

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai: There are so many things I love about these places, from the verdant, upcountry serenity of The Lodge at Koele to the breath-taking ocean views at Manele Bay.

French Fries: My ultimate weakness, in any shape or form, as long as they are hot and crispy. One of my top picks is the parmesan truffle fries from HOME Bar & Grill on Kalakaua Avenue. They are the perfect blend of crispy, crinkle-cut fries, parmesan cheese, truffle oil and deep-fried pepperoni.


Steve Petranik          
>> Editor

“Duck Soup”: The Marx Brothers’ funniest movie is still a classic of slapstick and fast-paced wordplay 79 years after its premiere. The mirror scene, imitated by everyone from Lucille Ball to Bugs Bunny, has never been topped. As I write this, it can be streamed free on Netflix.

Kaiwa Ridge: Enjoy glorious vistas along the hike to the Lanikai pillboxes. It has gotten more crowded in recent years, but most people turn around at the second pillbox, so you can enjoy some solitude if you continue to a third, smaller pillbox and then along several connecting routes.

Ticket to Ride: A cleverly conceived board game in which you build train routes across North America and – if you are dastardly – try to block your opponents’ way. I love it even though my daughter usually wins.


Dennis Hollier         
>> Writer

Jargon: Any fascinating subculture evolves a language of its own. Whether it’s highfalutin, like science or law, or mundane, like plumbing or sports, this private lexicon is both an indispensible tool of description (what’s a sailboat without port and starboard?) and a secret handshake.


Joseph Mitchell: It’s been more than 50 years since the old man’s stories graced the New Yorker magazine, but his nostalgic profiles of old barkeeps, fishmongers and mythomaniac drunks are still the finest portrait I know of the great city.

Old sailboats: There’s nothing quite like the miracle of sail: 10 to 12 tons of fiberglass, steel or wood tacking upwind in a light breeze. Throw in the lights of Waikiki winking on a summer night, or the Koolau looming over Kaneohe Bay at daybreak, and the sense of marvel is complete.


Mike Hanson          
>> Writer, Intern

Carnitas breakfast burrito at BC Burrito: This restaurant on Waialae Avenue serves an intoxicating blend of carnitas, scrambled eggs, bacon or chorizo, melted cheese, seasoned potatoes and fresh salsa, all wrapped in a 12-inch tortilla. Sour cream and guacamole are optional.

First Thursday Poetry Slam: Feel the electric atmosphere of Hawaii’s premier poetry slam at the Fresh Café Warehouse. Every Thursday, Hawaii’s best slam poets recite unique perceptions that are sure to send shivers up your spine. 

Hawaii Kai Executive Golf Course: The mellow, par three course winds between Koko Crater and Makapuu cliffs. For those who dread pulling out the driver, practice your putting and chipping while keeping an eye out for humpbacks spouting water on the horizon.


Photos: David Croxford; Courtesy Four Seasons Resorts Lanai;; Steve Petranik (hike)

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