Christi Young

Editorial Director

Christi Young was an hour late to her job interview at HONOLULU Magazine. One-way roads in Downtown Honolulu still stymie the Central O‘ahu kid. Still, the high-heel addict got the job writing the daily fashion blog, then HONOLULU’s marketing manager, HONOLULU Family editor and her current role as editorial director of all of HONOLULU’s brands. A proud graduate of Mililani High School, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Northwestern University, Christi spent her first 10 years in journalism producing TV newscasts in West Virginia and KGMB in Honolulu, then as executive producer of Hawai‘i News Now. She’s a fan of 1940s and ’50s musicals, bargain hunting and her two young daughters who now edit anything they read (including this bio).

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Editor’s Page: The Holidays, After Hours

Christi Young I’m one of those moms. As soon as the turkey is put away, I break out the Christmas decorations. I love the holidays: the music, the movies, the baking, the shopping and wrapping, and the little countdown to…

Our Guide: Shopping Target at Ala Moana Center

Photo: Gregory YamamotoTarget opened in the former Nordstrom spot at Ala Moana Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18. My sisters and friends will tell you Iʻm kind of a Target fan-atic. Every stop results in at least an hour-long shopping trip.…

There’s a New Baby Sloth at the Honolulu Zoo

Photo: Courtesy City & County of HonoluluA baby sloth at the Honolulu Zoo. There is a new baby to see next time you stop by the Honolulu Zoo. The two-toed sloth was born on Monday, Sept. 18 and joined its mother…

Give Back: YMCA Honolulu's Hurricane Harvey Donation Drive

Courtesy: YMCA of Greater Houston Three weeks after Hurricane Harvey swamped the Houston area, about 20,000 people are still living in shelters or hotels. Many are families. Thousands are staying in more than 30 hurricane shelters based at Houston YMCAs. The…

Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s "HTY for Every Family"

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Theatre for Youth Editor's Note: This story first ran in 2017 but was updated with the 2019 dates. When you have kids, every event adds up. An affordable $30 ticket for a single person is a $120 show…

Our Guide: 2017 Partial Solar Eclipse in Hawai‘i

Photo: NASA You may have heard the buzz. The first total solar eclipse over the mainland U.S. in 38 years is Monday. The so-called “Great American Eclipse” will only be visible over the continental United States and has driven motel…

Out & About: 19 Things To Do in Fall 2017

Photo: Honolulu Theatre for Youth August 25 (Start Date) The Ballad of Mu Lan Honolulu Theatre for Youth kicks off its new season with this legendary (made famous by Disney) Chinese tale. Mu Lan poses as a boy to take her…

Good Reads: 8 New Books Worth Reading for Fall 2017

Haylee, 9 Photos: Aaron K. Yoshino Funny Girl, edited by Betsy Bird 8 to 12 years “It’s an awesome, laugh-out-loud funny book that lets girls know that, whatever happens to them, they’re not alone. It is written by many hilarious…

Inside Look: ESPN 1420 Sports Festival 2017

Photo: Courtesy ESPN 1420 Sports are taking over the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall this weekend. The 7th Annual ESPN 1420 Sports Festival offers keiki and adults the chance to try everything from basketball to soccer, pick up free samples and…

Out & About: 5 Things to Do in Summer 2017

MAY 26 (Start Date) 50th State Fair  Find your Fun Pass. The biggest fair of the year will deliver free shows and the ever-popular E.K. Fernandez rides, midway and carnival food. This year, the lineup of entertainment includes the Anastasini Circus,…

Our Guide: 50th State Fair 2017

Photo: Christi Young 2017 has been a big year for my daughter. This is the first year she was tall enough to ride the Wave Swinger. So it goes without saying that she canʻt wait to head to the 50th…

Ready to Play: Playground Updates on O‘ahu

Photo: Christi YoungThe new playground at Ka‘onohi Neighborhood Park The couch potato gene runs strongly in our family. As a kid, I loved reading, playing pretend and, one memorable day, making wings out of newspaper then attempting to fly off…

Keiki in the Kitchen: 3 Breakfast Recipes from Cafe Kaila

Photo: Karen DB Photography Chrissie Kaila Castillo loves breakfast. And the tens of thousands of customers at Café Kaila couldn't be more thankful. The popular restaurant draws crowds of locals and tourists seven days a week to order her award-winning,…

Our Guide: The New Honolulufamily.com

Christi Young When I started working with HONOLULU Family magazine, my oldest daughter was just about to turn 2, the iPhone 4 was the peak of smartphone technology and a 28-year-old in San Francisco had just launched a newfangled app…

Keiki in the Kitchen: Spring Snack Platter

Photo: Karen DB Photography MATERIALS Flowers: Strawberries, yellow bell pepper slices, cherry tomato and kamaboko fishcake. Stems: Celery, cucumber and nori. Soak celery and cucumber sticks in cool water overnight to make them curl. Butterflies: Use a flower cookie cutter,…

Our Guide: The Mom Made Market Hawaii 2017

Moms are about to take over Kakaako. The second Mom Made Market event in Hawaii brings together more than 50 local designers, jewelry makers and other small businesses largely run by local mothers for a weekend of shopping, networking and…

Spotlight: Hawai‘i Young Sailors in National Competition

Photo: Hawaii Kai Boat Club Some Hawai‘i teenagers are kicking off their spring break with a national sailing competition. The O'pen BIC North American Un-Regatta runs from March 17 through March 19. Ten kids from the Hawai‘i Kai Boat Club…

6 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Theodore Geisel, the man we all know as Dr. Seuss, would have turned 113 on March 2, 2017. The birthday of one of the most beloved and prolific children's authors (45 children's titles and counting, see below) has become a…

Inside Look: 2017 Jersey Fun Run

This weekend the Cowboys are coming to Hawaii. So are the Raiders, Seahawks, the Patriots and other NFL teams. All will be represented by fans on the field at Aloha Stadium for the third Jersey Fun Run.  This family-friendly event,…

Sign Up: HONOLULU Family Volunteer Day 2017

working with malama maunalua. Photo: kelli bullock Getting my daughter to put away her art supplies is a daily struggle. So if you told me that I would find more than 30 kids eagerly dusting, polishing and vacuuming, and if you…

Movie Review: Moana

Aulii Cravalho, a beautifully animated ocean and a simple chicken steal the show in Disney's Polynesian-inspired family film. Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesJust moments after meeting Maui, Moana tells him, “I am not a princess.”  He quips, “If you're…

Our Guide: Children and Youth Day 2016

Photo: Courtesy Children & Youth DayChildren and Youth Day is just days away. Hundreds of groups will create free fun and entertainment for keiki and parents. Did we mention free?  We've gotten a look at the list of interactive activities…

Family Matters: What’s New

NEW LOOK Hawaii Association of Independent Schools Education Fair HAIS's Admissions Fairs have been a great resource for parents looking into independent education for years. In 2016, the event is receiving a 21st-century-education makeover. What does that mean for parents?…

Editor’s Page: Having a Ball

Cassera Christi Young This year, Cassera is a first grader. More important for our schedules, she is a soccer player. We selfishly kept her out of activities as a preschooler, preferring to spend our rare free weekends visiting parks or…

Our Guide: ESPN 1420 Sports Festival 2016

Photo: Courtesy ESPN1420 The 6th annual festival is this weekend at the Blaisdell Center. Kids can try their hand at everything from basketball to fishing, check out ocean activities, try samples and more for free. We asked the ESPN1420 Sports Festival…

Movie Review: Finding Dory

Dory gets her own story in the sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. Images: Walt Disney Animation Studios You will never look at children's touch pools the same ever again. That's just one memorable moment of the sequel to Finding Nemo.…

Our Guide: The 50th State Fair 2016

The 50th State Fair is a staple of summer fun in Hawaii. Every year, my entire extended family descends on Aloha Stadium for games, a whirl on the rides, live performances and, of course, funnel cake.Cassera has been eagerly awaiting…