Jayna Omaye

Jayna OmayeJayna Omaye joined HONOLULU Magazine as a staff writer after working as a newspaper reporter in Hawai‘i and Orlando. Born and raised on O‘ahu, she earned her master’s degree from Northwestern University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, both in journalism. Jayna grew up writing and dancing hula, and spent most of her adult life traveling and exploring the Mainland and abroad. She is happy to be home working as a journalist. 

 

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Greek Festival of Hawai‘i is a No Go in 2019

Ongoing renovations at McCoy Pavilion led organizers to cancel the longstanding event.
2019.05.05 07:00 AM

These Hawai‘i Youngsters Could Save Your Life One Day

Here’s how the junior lifeguard program inspires the next generation of ocean-safety leaders.
2019.05.01 12:29 PM

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Filipino Fiesta in Honolulu

Celebrate Filipino culture and indulge in your favorite traditional foods on May 4.
2019.04.25 07:00 AM

Your Ultimate Guide to Watching the 2019 Merrie Monarch Festival

Get ready for the “Olympics of hula” from April 25 to 27.
2019.04.16 06:23 PM

What It’s Really Like Organizing the Merrie Monarch Festival

Luana Kawelu, 79, took over as president of the Merrie Monarch Festival after her mom, Dottie Thompson, who was instrumental in reviving the event in the 1970s, died in 2010.
2019.04.09 05:23 PM

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Hawaiian Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Grab your kilt and get your canned haggis fix at the 38th annual event on April 6 and 7.
2019.03.26 04:55 PM

Celebrate Architecture Month in April with These Free Honolulu Events

Take a sketching class, go on a guided walking tour of Punahou School, meet local architects and more.
2019.03.26 11:45 AM

Why the Cherry Blossom Festival’s Ancestry Requirement Change Still Matters

With the crowning of the 67th festival queen and court on Saturday, March 16, we take a look back at 1999, a pivotal year for the historic event.
2019.03.13 04:19 PM

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Honolulu Festival

Catch live cultural performances, indulge in food from across the globe and more from March 8-10.
2019.02.25 05:27 PM

10 Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day With Your Gal Pals in Honolulu

Because it’s only the best day of the year.
2019.02.08 05:00 PM

Celebrate Black History Month at HoMA’s 8th Annual African-American Film Festival

The Honolulu African-American Film Festival, Feb. 16 to 20 this year, gives you a chance to see movies never released widely in Hawai‘i. Here’s how it got started.
2019.02.07 12:25 PM

A Culinary Legend’s Legacy

The culinary community mourns Conrad Nonaka’s death with a heavy heart and a steady eye to the future.
2019.01.31 07:00 AM
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