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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Quote Unquote: Bomb Disposal Technician by Day and Visual Effects Artist by Night

Kamakani De Dely puts his life on the line defusing unexploded military ordnance. But outside of his day job, he builds costumes, prosthetics and visual effects for shows such as Marvel’s “Inhumans” and “Hawai‘i Five-0.”
2018.11.12 06:43 PM

Enjoy Unreal Szechuan Cuisine at Maple Garden

Revisiting the longtime Chinese restaurant in Mō‘ili‘ili.
2018.10.15 02:16 PM

5 (More) Cocktails with Interesting Names in Honolulu

Inspired by movies, personal anecdotes, puns and more.
2018.10.05 08:00 AM

These “Nachos in Paradise” Bloggers Are Eating All the Nachos on O‘ahu

This is nacho average group of diners.
2018.09.05 05:19 PM

Take a Look Inside Honolulu Artist John Koga’s Mānoa Studio

Exploring contemporary artist John Koga’s custom-built home art studio.
2018.08.21 04:16 PM

10 Cool Costumes That Impressed Us at Comic Con Honolulu 2018

Comic book, video game and pop culture fans rocked epic costumes this past weekend at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.
2018.08.07 01:58 PM

Your Ultimate Guide to Comic Con Honolulu 2018

Guests include actors from “Harry Potter,” “The Walking Dead” and “The Terminator” at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, Aug. 3–5.
2018.08.02 03:38 PM

(Honey) Wine and Dine at Paisley Meadery

The locally grown honey wine brewery sets up shop in Chinatown.
2018.07.02 11:21 AM

Hawai‘i’s Veteran Comics Weigh In on Social Media Comedy

In light of our recent interview with local social media pros creating funny kine videos online, HONOLULU caught up with Hawai‘i comedians Andy Bumatai, Frank De Lima and Jose Dynamite to chat about what it takes to make it in the industry.
2018.06.25 04:05 PM

How Hawai‘i Comedians Are Using Social Media to Cash in on Local Culture

Viral videos and digital memes are the latest social media trend, delivering humorous skits and sketches straight to smartphones and tablets. Some comedians hope local kine videos lead to careers with real incomes.
2018.06.12 08:55 AM

Remembering Anthony Bourdain, Who Helped Share the Stories of Hawai‘i

The chef, writer and TV host filmed episodes of “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” in the Islands.
2018.06.08 03:33 PM

The Chart House Celebrates 50 Years in Waikīkī—with 50 Percent Off Select Pūpū

Not that we needed another excuse to visit this longtime Waikīkī favorite.
2018.05.25 11:39 AM
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