Diane Seo

Editorial Director

Diane Seo, HONOLULU’s editorial director, describes herself as a journalistic version of a jack of all trades, a jack of journalism. After graduating from Northwestern, she worked as a reporter in Fort Worth, Texas, then at the Los Angeles Times in both LA and NYC, covering everything from the 1994 LA earthquake to the rumblings of Wall Street. She then was an editor at Salon.com in NYC and managing director of new media for men’s professional tennis in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (She’s a former junior player, but hasn’t picked up a racket in way too long to be called a “player.”) After moving home to Honolulu in 2005, she stayed in the journalistic mix, launching an entertainment website that has since become Frolic Hawai‘i (now part of HONOLULU) and had various stints as a magazine and newspaper editor, digital entrepreneur, digital consultant and even a web designer, a job she has no idea how she got. Outside work, Diane is a dedicated yogi, who enjoys a moving meditation with a lot of heat.

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HONOLULU’s Top 10 Stories of 2022

Excluding stories that appeared on Frolic Hawai‘i, here are our 10 most popular online stories for the year.

Best of HONOLULU 2022

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The Canvas — more than just a coworking space

Last Friday, I attended the launch party for The Canvas, a coworking space in Kalihi created by high school students for high school students. While checking it out, amid a sea of teens from across the island, something unexpected happened.…

Pinch of Salt for the Holidays

Hundreds of holiday shoppers turned out for Sunday’s Pinch of Salt for the Holidays, an annual one-day, pop-up shopping event in Our Kaka‘ako that featured dozens of local designers and vendors. From the opening, the Sig Zane booth (with the…

Something to see: Modern Love exhibit

Copyright Moyoco Anno / Cork Inc. There’s an intriguing exhibit now underway at Honolulu Museum of Art focused on modern love, specifically 20th Century Japanese erotic art that includes paintings, prints and even graphic novels otherwise known as manga. The…

The amazing works of Present Project

When I first heard about Present Project, I didn’t initially grasp the intention of the program. But after meeting founder and director Hadley Nunes in the Our Kaka‘ako space, shortly after its early September launch, I was excited to see…

Parklets unveiled in Our Kaka‘ako

Two custom-designed parklets were unveiled Saturday on Coral Street, offering pedestrians a new outdoor place to sit, dine, relax or meet friends. Located in front of Hank’s Haute Dogs, the parklets are public structures that essentially extend the sidewalk space…

Present Project underway in Our Kaka‘ako

Director/curator Hadley Nunes is the founder of Present Project.This month, in two adjacent warehouses along Cooke Street in Our Kaka‘ako, five noteworthy artists have taken up residency as part of a new endeavor, called Present Project. Conceptualized and led by…