Simplifying our reading experience

We pushed through a revision to the Independent this weekend with the goal of simplifying and clarifying our reading experience. Read More »

What’s changed?

No More Sidebars
Collections, related stories, and links to explainers will now appear below the article. Our index page is now a simple single column list of stories.

The Posterboard
The posterboard – that huge image on the main screen – now disappears when you move past the first ten stories.

Big Typography
Typography on article pages is now big – huge. There’s also a link at the bottom taking you to the next post.

Overall, we’re trying to make the Independent better at being itself, i.e. a site for thoughtful civic journalism that asks where we’re going as an island community. Things which are extraneous to this mission will be split off and moved into their own domains and spaces (The Hum, InHNL, Summit).

What’s next?
Next up for us is to get better at using Collections to curate a great discussion about big issues, such as living wages, prison reform, and the election season. You might get a call from us to become a curator or contributor on these deep, complex topics.

Thanks for your support!

The December Magazine issue is available for download

The latest edition of our home for long-form journalism, dispatches, and literature. Available for iOS on the App Store. Read More »

In this month’s issue:

- A report from Jackie M. Young on the uncertainty in Kalihi over rail’s arrival

- An introduction to our new series on the new spirit of island industry.

- A look at how Oahu Makerspace is forging a new local economy.

- Jared Yamanuha’s decorated gifts from Hawaii.

- The second chapter of HI/039, a science fiction series depicting Hawaii’s near future.

- The third installment of Polyfantastica.

Save the Date: Ideas Summit II, January 18 at the Sullivan Center

Join us for our second annual gathering of thought leaders. Read More »

Following up on Ideas Summit 2013, we’ll be going deeper into some of the issues raised in our 2014 Summit.

Join us on Saturday, January 18 from 1-6pm for a dynamic discussion with thought leaders on the issues that matter to our island home.

Special thanks to ‘Iolani School for hosting Ideas Summit 2014 at the spectacular new Sullivan Center.

See you soon!

We’re on holiday hours

It’s turkey time at the Independent, which means that we’re moving a little bit slower than usual, thanks to tryptophan (and other substances). Signal is taking a break this week, and Quotes will be back in January. Happy Holidays.

Help to identify editorial priorities for Q1 2014

We'd like your input on stories we should focus on in 2014. Read More »

The November issue is available for download →

A first look at how staph infections are affecting Waikiki beach boys; a unique perspective on marriage equality; the human rights crisis in West Papua; a new sci-fi series; the next installment in Polyfantastica; and locally-sweet Madre Chocolate. Available today for iOS devices, soon for Android and the web. More at iTunes App Store »

The October 2013 issue is available

We’re proud to announce that the October issue of The Hawaii Independent’s magazine edition is available for download.

We’d like to thank our sponsors, Whole Foods and Hawaiian Fine Furniture, for making this issue possible.

In this issue:

– Veteran journalist Gerald Kato on the dangers that public authorities pose to public accountability, with original artwork by Will Caron

– Jon Osorio on why we should pay attention to globalization’s effects on Pacific peoples

– Will Caron interviews Honolulu Councilmember Stanley Chang on his run for Congress, with photos by Rachel Ceretto

– Jolyn Okimoto Rosa looks at a fresh experiment in bartering in Kaka‘ako

– The Hawaii Independent and Whole Foods team up to tell the story of Sumida Farm

– An excerpt from Gary Pak’s new novel on the Korean-American War

– The first installment of Solomon Enos’ Polyfantastica, a 40,000 year narrative of an oceanic human society on a planet named Honua

Download the new magazine app today →

Our new home for long-form journalism and literature is available for download in the iOS app store. First issue ships next week, with insightful political analysis, interviews, and more!

More at iTunes App Store »

Rico Rico

We'd like to thank Rico Rico chicken for sponsoring the Independent. Read More »

They’re Hawaii’s first Peruvian style rotisserie chicken restaurant, with a convenient location at 946 Coolidge St, at the corner of Coolidge and S. King St. They offer truly delicious chicken, great fries, and warm hospitality.

Scott K. on Yelp says, “No longer just a food truck, food truck Rico Rico is delicious, delicious!” Stop by and tell them the Independent sent you – the first 20 to do so will receive a free homestyle fries.

Welcoming the Weekly’s writers

You’ll notice some new voices in the Independent. Edward Hickman contributed the interview with Damian Marley, and Wayne Coito invited us to the dance floor for some summer salsa. Both Edward and Wayne were contributing writers to the former Honolulu Weekly – please join me in welcoming them to the Independent. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see more of your favorite Weekly writers in our pages here. (And thanks to Will Caron for helping to edit these pieces.)

Also, mahalo to Jordan Aikau and Ariana Ursua, who completed the first week of their summer internship with us. Thank you for your hard work! And thanks everyone for reading and sharing the Hawaii Independent.