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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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…

A chat with Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro exudes a calmness that initially may be characterized as mellow and understated, but as he discusses the evolution of his music, it’s clear Hawai‘i’s biggest ukulele ambassador is a replica of his musical style — perhaps quiet at…

Something new: King’s Hawaiian truck

A new food truck has rolled into town with a name rooted in the past, but with a forward-thinking concept and menu. The King’s Hawaiian truck made its Oahu debut at Saturday’s Honolulu Night Market, with a big crowd eager…

Something new: LemonTea

These teas may not be for everyone, but I’ve found my new favorite place for iced tea on the island. It’s called LemonTea, a kiosk specializing in multi-flavored teas and lemonades that opened earlier this summer at Pearlridge. I sampled…

Something new: Food truck central in Waikiki

If you’re into food trucks, take note. There’s a new food truck hub that emerged just last Saturday, in a small, nondescript parking lot along Beach Walk in Waikiki. It’s a kitschy, yet cool, little set-up, called Pau Hana Market…

Let’s talk about social media

This post was sparked by a recent conversation I had with Civil Beat’s Gene Park. A bunch of us media folks were gathered for an event, when I casually asked him while everyone was Instagramming and tweeting whether he liked…

Something new: Kaimuki Grill’s bacon jerky

Kaimuki Grill, one of my go-to Eastside eateries, unfortunately will be closing July 11. But owner Carri Loui has a new venture lined up. After lots of positive feedback for the restaurant’s pre-packaged beef jerky chips, she and her family…

Sipping my way through LA’s best juice bars

During a recent trip to Los Angeles, I had four things on my list — see friends, take my daughter biking on the Venice boardwalk, eat great Korean food and visit the city’s best juice bars. Simple way to put…

Something new: Itchy Butt

We were amused and intrigued by the name too. A photographer friend, @PHOTOlulu, told me about Itchy Butt Friday afternoon, and by Saturday afternoon, both Melissa Chang and I separately made our way to this quirky Korean Keeaumoku take-out place…

Something new: Lanikai Juice Kaka‘ako

Lanikai Juice recently opened its sixth store along Ala Moana Boulevard, bringing its popular smoothies, acai bowls and other fruity blends to the rapidly evolving Our Kaka‘ako neighborhood. On Tuesday, the longstanding Kailua-based chain held a media event at the…

Did this: Day Off Salt Kaka‘ako

I stopped by Salt Kaka‘ako today for a special brunch/shopping event happening from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., mostly along Auahi Street. Here’s a look at what’s available, as well as a test run of our new live blogging tool.

Self rules for LOL, haha, :), ! and more

Texting, tweeting, Instagramming, Facebooking and even emailing have changed how we write and communicate. This is even the case with writers and journalists who’ve spent years honing proper grammar, punctuation and AP Style. If I look at my mobile text…

Something new: Ethiopian restaurant in Kapahulu

There’s a new Ethiopian restaurant in Honolulu, and it’s called just that — Ethiopian restaurant — until a name is decided on. Along with not having an official name, it’s also in an unusual spot — tucked inside Takahashiya Ramen…

2014 Hawaiian May Food Summit

This year’s Hawaiian May kicked off Thursday evening with a food summit at Jefferson Elementary School in Waikiki. In collaboration with Eat the Street, the food fest featured more than 20 food trucks, including Eggs ‘n Things, Lanikai Juice, Hawaiian…

Meet the artists: Wooden Wave

One of the new features on Frolic I’m particularly excited to introduce is our background art, which we’ll be rotating every month with works by local artists. For our launch, I asked Pow Wow artists Matt and Roxanne Ortiz of…

Welcome to Frolic Hawaii

Welcome to Frolic Hawaii, our newly designed, newly named entertainment and lifestyle website. Thank you for taking the time to check us out.Frolic Hawaii has replaced Nonstop Honolulu, although our past content is all here on the site, and most…

New in the city: Brew’d Craft Pub

After hearing that Brew’d Craft Pub had recently opened in Kaimuki, we made plans with another friend to give it a try. We had trouble finding parking (Kaimuki parking is an ordeal these days) and after arriving at the small,…

New in the city: Brew’d Craft Pub

After hearing that Brew’d Craft Pub had recently opened in Kaimuki, we made plans with another friend to give it a try. We had trouble finding parking (Kaimuki parking is an ordeal these days) and after arriving at the small,…

To do: #Hishoots Hangout

Yesterday, Brad Watanabe, the talent behind Hawaii Shoots and the video production company, Berad Studio, contacted me to tell me about tonight’s #hishoots hangout, a free gathering taking place from 7-9 p.m. at Box Jelly (307A Kamani St.). I had…

Sneak peek: Koko Head Cafe

I consider it serendipity that my colleague Melissa Chang couldn’t make it to Thursday’s family & friends sneak peek of Koko Head Cafe, a much buzzed-about brunch/breakfast spot in the former 12th Avenue Grill space in Kaimuki. You see, it…