You’ve landed at the Honolulu airport, starving and ready to experience the best culinary experiences the island has to offer. You’re welcome. For our September 2015 issue, I’ve asked a few of my friends who love food, where they like to eat. For Oahu, I recruited my friend Michael, who being a native New Yorker, is never shy to share his opinion.
As editor of Hana Hou!, Hawaiian Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Michael Shapiro is exposed to the islands’ hot spots as well as their holes-in-the-wall, the latter of which he seems to prefer. Born and raised in metro New York, Shapiro found himself in the islands via a teaching job, happened upon a beautiful local girl and settled in. Today Shapiro, said beautiful local girl and their daughter are on a never-ending quest to find the best poke, okazuya, mochi and shave ice on the island of Oahu.
Mimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine.