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

63 Ways to Improve Your Island Home

Whether you’ve got a three-bedroom kama‘āina gem or a compact condo in town, your Island home could always look a little nicer. Fortunately, we’ve got tips for you that fit any budget.
2017.05.30 05:04 PM

6 Upgrades Worth the Investment to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

Here’s how you can increase the value of your home on any budget.
2017.05.30 09:57 AM

Before & After: How This Family Remodeled Their Home for Multigenerational Living

This ‘Ālewa Heights home was upgraded so a multigenerational family could age in place.
2017.05.26 01:24 PM

This Beautiful Mural in Mō‘ili‘ili has a Surprisingly Disastrous Story Behind It

Thieves couldn’t stop a collaboration of artists and business owners from creating a bright spot in McCully.
2017.05.11 08:55 AM

Blue Note Hawai‘i is Making Waikīkī a Jazz Destination for Locals

As Blue Note Hawai‘i turns one, it’s hitting its groove.
2017.04.21 02:46 PM

First Look: Rain Honolulu

With tasty shareable plates and an interesting drink menu, this swanky restaurant on not-so-swanky Fort Street Mall is an unexpected date-night spot.
2017.04.19 10:30 AM

Your Ultimate Guide to Kawaii Kon 2017

Everything you need to know to enjoy this weekend’s nerd fest at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.
2017.04.06 02:17 PM

Quote Unquote: Comic-Book-Writer-Turned-Filmmaker Shares Veterans’ Stories

Stacey Hayashi spent thousands of hours interviewing veterans, then shared their stories in a comic book called “Journey of Heroes,” which won international acclaim and pushed her to her next project: finishing a feature-length film about the heroes.
2017.04.06 08:55 AM

Life Hack: “Cropsticks” Will Make Your Life—Or at Least Your Lunch—Easier

Hawai‘i entrepreneur plunges into “Shark Tank” with her new chopstick idea on April 7.
2017.03.29 08:55 AM

This Waikīkī Restaurant Might Be the Next Bourbon Destination for Locals

The Marriott’s revamped Kūhiō Beach Grill may draw more locals.
2017.03.13 10:46 AM

Over Pokémon Go? This Hawai‘i-Based Game Will Revive Your Pokémon Addiction

The latest Pokémon game takes place in a fictionalized version of Hawai‘i. Here are a few of our favorite references to local culture.
2017.03.09 01:37 PM

Honolulu’s First-Ever Biennial Art Festival Brings Hawai‘i Art to the Global Scene

Honolulu Biennial takes place Wednesday, March 8, through Monday, May 8.
2017.03.09 09:13 AM
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