Portrait by Olivier Koning

Portrait by Olivier Koning

We’ve all seen extreme weather—at least on the news. Even though summer is just around the corner as I’m writing this, I’m still seeing snow blanket Denver and grapefruit-sized hail pummel Dallas and Oklahoma City. Note to self: stop whining about vog-induced congestion when there are streets to be plowed and roofs to be repaired elsewhere… After all, there’s a reason why people go, “Oooh, you live in Hawai`i?” when I flash my driver’s license on the mainland, right?

There really is so much to be grateful for here in Hawai`i. Aside from the obvious—the natural beauty of the islands—there’s the food, the shopping, the thriving art scene…

In fact, we’ve had quite a few visitors drop in and pay our islands a visit to get in on some of the action that we have the chance to experience whenever we choose. Cover subject Richard Branson was here several months ago, and while the serial entrepreneur was here on business, we’re pretty sure he didn’t waste any downtime he had—or at the very least made the most of his Honolulu stopover. Flip to “Knight in Shining Ardor” on page 96 to see what else Branson has been up to.

We also steal a few moments with renowned art curator Emily Sano, who was here last spring to give a lecture on artist Yayoi Kusama. Sano is not only Director Emerita of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, she was appointed Senior Advisor for Asian Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. A legend in the art realm, she was also the personal art curator for Oracle’s Larry Ellison. Find out where she got her start in “Art Struck” on page 48.

In the world of wine, it’s not too often that a family member from a prominent Napa Valley winery makes her way to Honolulu. Wine columnist Roberto Viernes shares his unforgettable tasting of Trefethen’s estate-grown wines. His guide? Janet Trefethen. Drink vicariously through Viernes and read “A Napa Valley Legacy” on page 158.

And while the rest of the world can only dream of spending more than just a week here, we have the privilege of living here all year long. Enjoy the summer!

Aloha,
Margie