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

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

What It’s Like Getting Busted Smuggling Crack (Seed) at the Airport

Turns out omiyage from Hawai‘i looks pretty sketchy to the TSA.
2020.03.26 03:13 PM

We Tried Every Hot Dog at Hank’s Haute Dogs and Ranked Them

Two culture critics lay their hot dog cred on the line—and still find room for a “No” Dog and a hamburger for dessert. Welcome to the sausage party.
2020.02.24 11:55 AM

Hawai‘i’s 2020 Comic Con Calendar

Here’s a guide to help you sort through the events in 2020.
2020.02.21 11:00 AM

The 14 Best Breakfast Dishes (and Where to Get Them)

Breakfasts of champions to fuel up for the day ahead.
2020.02.12 12:54 PM

Your O‘ahu Neighborhood Guide: King Street at University Avenue in Honolulu

There are plenty of old-school haunts and new grinds on the mauka side of King Street past University Avenue.
2020.01.21 11:20 AM

Where to Find Jai in Chinatown for Chinese New Year

If you're looking for the traditional dish of jai to celebrate the Year of the Rat, here are four places we tried in Downtown Honolulu.
2020.01.17 03:33 PM

Hone Your Light Saber Skills Just in Time for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Always wanted to be a Jedi? Bring balance to the galaxy (or at least Salt Lake) with LudoSport Hawai‘i.
2019.12.20 11:36 AM

What’s Life Like as an Movie Extra in Hawai‘i?

Peek behind the scenes at my Where’s Waldo?-like acting “career” in locally shot movies and TV shows.
2019.12.17 07:00 AM

The 10 Best Movies and TV Shows Shot in Hawai‘i

From Marvel’s “Inhumans” to “Magnum, P.I.,” we rank the biggest movies and series ever filmed in the Islands.
2019.12.02 03:57 PM