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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HONOLULU Looks Back at the 1955 Narcissus Festival

“One of Hawai‘i’s most colorful events.”
2020.02.13 07:00 AM

The 20 Best Things to do This Week

Valentine’s Day weekend isn’t just for couples! Sign up for a race, sing along to ’90s hits, enjoy live music and more.
2020.02.12 02:29 PM

One of Hawai‘i’s Must-See Buildings Makes Its Debut in 1930

In 1930 the four-story building was one of the tallest on the street.
2020.02.06 07:00 AM

O‘ahu in 2000: UH Football Coach June Jones Was Named Islander of the Year

He turned down a job with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers to head up a UH team.
2020.01.30 06:03 PM

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
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