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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Best of the Fests: O‘ahu’s 20 Ethnic Festivals

Stuff your face with authentic food while soaking in the cultures of the Islands. From hula and Chinese lion dances to taiko and opera, this list of 20 ethnic festivals on O‘ahu won’t disappoint.
2020.01.16 04:35 PM

I Spent a Year Writing About 15 Ethnic Festivals in Hawai‘i

Shot put, grass skirts, Korean pancakes and andagi.
2020.01.07 07:00 AM

17 Nisei Veterans Share Stories of the Lives They Built in Hawai‘i After World War II

They’re our everyday heroes in plain clothes—the revered second-generation Japanese American veterans of World War II. Fewer than 250 Hawai‘i nisei vets are known to be alive today in Hawai‘i. And the war is just part of their life stories.
2019.12.31 10:00 AM

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2020 New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival in Honolulu

It’s time to celebrate the rats—those born in the Year of the Rat, of course—at the 27th annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival on January 12.
2019.12.26 07:00 AM

Remembering the Nisei Veteran in My Family

Sometimes you need a little (or big) push to remember what’s important.
2019.12.23 07:00 AM

The 10 Best Things To Do This Week

There’s still one weekend left before Christmas is here. Ditch the mall and shop local at a craft fair, don your favorite ugly sweater and sing along to your favorite R&B hits.
2019.12.18 07:00 AM

Meet the People Who Are Helping to Save Hawai‘i’s Nēnē

On private lands across Hawai‘i, generations of families and ranchers have hosted and cared for the endangered bird.
2019.12.09 03:10 PM

Will These 4 Hawaiian Traditions Disappear Forever?

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs hopes to bolster ancient cultural traditions with a soon-to-be-released directory of artists, instructors and experts. Meet four of those practitioners who are fighting to keep their ancient arts alive.
2019.12.05 05:03 PM

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Honolulu City Lights Opening Night

Jingle all the way over to Honolulu Hale to celebrate the best time of the year.
2019.11.22 10:19 PM

My Honolulu: Trying (and Failing at) Traditional Hawaiian Sledding

Letting things slide isn’t always a good way to go.
2019.11.20 04:58 PM

The 22 Best Things To Do During Halloween Week

If you think there’s nothing but Halloween events this weekend, think again! Sing your heart out at a concert, cheer on your favorite football team and marching band, and shop till you drop at a craft fair.
2019.10.30 07:00 AM

The Changing Path of Pearl City

This three-block strip of Kamehameha Highway reveals an old-school neighborhood grappling with growth, development and rail.
2019.10.24 07:00 AM
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