THERE ARE MANY JOYS in culling together a multi-faceted luxury magazine such as this one. We start with a simple goal: To showcase the personalities and aspects of those who choose to live well in Hawaii. Shortly thereafter, our staff is transported: both throughout the Islands, and around the globe.

If one day we were getting a rub down in Waikiki with the aide of precious gems (rubies, sapphires, diamonds and emeralds, to be exact), the next we were on a truffle hunt in Piedmont, Italy. My interview with Chef Masaharu Morimoto began with an hour-long call to Manhattan, yet ended face-to-face at China Walls in Hawaii Kai (with a stop-over in Hilo and Kona). And let’s not forget a rather memorable chat with Chef Brian Ethridge of Maui’s exclusive Il Teatro dining experience – who answered his phone (in a whisper) from 30 feet up a tree in the midst of a bow-hunting expedition.

Seeing a theme here?

If you guessed that this magazine is teeming with people who know how to live well, you’re partially right.

The complete truth is that no matter what remote corner of the globe we reached out to, our subjects – who insist on living well – had ties to Hawaii. Many own homes here; others had at one time. A few have only been a handful of times, but truly grasped the concept that Hawaii can also be a state of mind – a lifestyle choice – that you take with you on your global galavanting.

For the rest of us who find but a few moments each month to get out and see something new, taste an unfamiliar dish or test drive that wish-list sports car, the pages that follow are filled with dozens of gems that you can take with you. Be it inspiration from “The Good Doctor’s” secret wine cellar (p.46), to the etiquette musings of George Ing on our back page. If you have never considered a visit to the Thai cooking school chef who invites you to learn the proper manner of using galangal (p.84), or haven’t attempted to infuse your own vodka (p.94), allow this magazine to be a catalyst to a new experience.

Our wish is merely to share a little bit of luxury.

With Aloha,

Brian Berusch
Editorial Director