Portrait by Olivier Koning

Portrait by Olivier Koning

There’s never been a better time to indulge your foodie tendencies here in Hawai‘i—it seems that everyone now wants to be part of our local food scene, whether you’re from here or not. Big names like Roy Yamaguchi and Michael Mina (who happens to grace this issue’s cover) continue to expand their culinary empire with their new International Market Place establishments. Even beyond Hawai‘i, local-turned-mainland chefs are spreading the word that there’s so much more to our food than poi and poke. Read “Hawai‘i Dishes Out” on page 118 for a shortlist on who’s shining the spotlight on island-inspired cuisine. You’ll soon discover that thanks to folks like Ravi Kapur of Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco and Chung Chow of Noreetuh in New York City, people living outside of Hawai‘i are getting a taste of our favorite eats. Skeptics can check out what these two chefs have been cooking up at this year’s Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival in late October, when they make personal appearances during the Urban Lu‘au event. In all honesty, I’m not sure who’s more grateful for the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Fest—those of us who live here or the select number chefs who get to come here for “work.” What can I say? There’s just something special about Hawai‘i.

Designer Chan Luu shares this exact sentiment, so much so that she has her own home on Kaua‘i that she regularly retreats to whenever she needs to recharge.

The jewelry and clothing designer gives us an exclusive peek into her “Hut House,” which sits on three acres of sprawling grounds near Kalihiwai Bay.

Read Malia Mattoch McManus’ story, “The House that Chan Built” on page 90, and find out why Luu’s Hanalei hideaway reminds her childhood days in Vietnam.

And while Luu finds her home away from home in Hawai‘i, Shelley Tadaki Cramer returns to Honolulu for good after being away for more than a decade.

Cramer takes her retail expertise to Saks Fifth Avenue’s first store as its Vice President/General Manager. Read more in “The Saks Fifth Element” on page 44. If you’re looking for serious style inspo before setting foot into the sleek flagship, flip to page 104 for a look at the season’s best. Photographer Harold Julian adds his usual dramatic flair in “Out of the Shadows.”

Enjoy the issue!
Margie