James Charisma

James CharismaJames Charisma is a contributing editor to HONOLULU Magazine; director of Charisma Industries, a local creative agency; and associate publisher of Abstract Magazine, an award-winning collectible print publication for Hawai'i. A transplant from Manhattan living in Honolulu, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa, with a focus in clinical psychology, criminology, and psychopathology. Recently, he’s turned his attention more on city life, arts and culture, and, of course, enjoying as much food as he can. His work has been featured in most local publications as well as nationally, in Playboy, Paste, Thrillist, Inverse and Knockout, among others. He is also a DJ at KTUH 90.1 FM Honolulu Wednesday afternoons, playing 20th century pop music.

 

   

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Stories by James

Best of Honolulu 2020

We sought out the best of everything—from local sake to seafood boil, bank to barbershop—and expanded our list with a finalist in every category chosen by our readers.
2020.09.23 06:30 PM

Best of Honolulu 2020: The Best Food and Drinks on O‘ahu

47 editorial and reader picks for the tastiest food and beverage in town.
2020.09.16 04:35 PM

From Bow Hunting to Bartending, I Became One of Honolulu’s Most Certified Citizens in 2 Weeks

James of all trades.
2020.09.01 07:00 AM

Best of Honolulu 2020: The Best Services on O‘ahu

The 99 editorial and reader picks for the places and businesses in Honolulu that make our lives just a bit easier.
2020.08.12 04:00 PM

The Best Places To Eat Outside at O‘ahu’s North Shore Right Now

When one door shuts, the outdoors open. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Honolulu for dining alfresco.
2020.08.06 04:22 PM

Out in the Open: The Best Places To Go For Outdoor Dining on O‘ahu Right Now

When one door shuts, the outdoors open. Here are some of our favorite restaurants around the island for dining alfresco.
2020.07.27 12:47 PM

The 7 Best Places To Eat Outside in Waikīkī Right Now

When one door shuts, the outdoors open. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Honolulu for dining alfresco.
2020.07.23 07:00 AM

The Best Places To Eat Outside on the Windward Side of O‘ahu Right Now

When one door shuts, the outdoors open. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Honolulu for dining alfresco.
2020.07.21 05:11 PM

Here’s What It’s Like Enjoying Drinks and Pūpū at the Chart House

Hawai‘i’s bars have reopened, so I’m back to day drinking in Waikīkī.
2020.07.21 12:04 PM

What It’s Like Driving for a Ride-Hailing Company During a Pandemic

The switch from Uber to Uber Eats has helped make up for a lack of customers.
2020.06.30 11:45 AM

What It’s Like Being a Server Who Lost Her Job During the Pandemic

Mariana Lárez Matheus was laid off in mid-March, right before restaurants were ordered to close dine-in services.
2020.06.16 01:31 PM

11 Chefs Dish on Their Go-To Orders Around Hawai‘i

It’s not always late-night ramen and leftover mac and cheese after a long shift.
2020.05.29 03:49 PM