Editor’s Page: Art and Soul

Changes in our behind-the-scenes team.

The team who brings you HONOLULU Magazine is made up of a mix of people with different roles and responsibilities. Readers get to know the names of the writers and editors more easily, since we’re more often out in the community, calling people for interviews, and because we attach our names to our stories.

But lots of work goes into our magazine in many departments, including a dynamic sales staff, innovative marketing and event specialists, and a hard-working circulation staff.  On the editorial team, our closest counterparts belong to the design team, the art directors who create the look and feel of our magazine. They work closely with photographers, illustrators and those of us who write the stories.

They bring the words to life, create concepts, lay out the pages, arrange to shoot photos and work in many ways to make our magazine what it is. And better.

The magazine you hold in your hand in print or are reading onscreen requires the creativity and coordination of many people. They include the talented, creative and experienced Kristin Lipman, who has worked at HONOLULU before and we are happy to report returned this year to serve as our senior art director. Kristin’s cheerful expertise is felt throughout our issue as she oversees a new team that came together just a few months ago, that is also grappling with new responsibilities.

That team comprises: art directors Angelica Rabang, who melds creative skills and a flair for inventive design with an eye for detail; and Stephen Guzman, who often comes up with innovative and inspired ideas for our special sections and ads. Associate art director Gary Saito brings an easygoing manner to the craft of graphic design, and intern Maria Lieber provides elegant design while volunteering for the next task.

We also receive creative support and energy from our bigger creative team of PacificBasin Communications, which includes chief photographer David Croxford and associate photographer/advertising art director Odeelo Dayondon.

And we are fortunate to also belong to the still bigger circle of the aio family of companies, which supports us in a host of ways.

We count on our co-workers to help us daily when work and life get harried, when it feels like there are not enough hours in the day or week to accomplish what we need to do. And that’s part of why we rely so much on the people who make up our team.

I’d like to thank them all.

When I read our magazine and look at our cover, I appreciate Kristin’s creative design and the careful planning that goes into something that looks deceptively simple when it sits on the newsstand. When I savor all the fun and tasteful finds of Best of Honolulu, I know Kristin and Angie collaborated to produce an evocative design that keeps pulling you through the piece. When I read the fascinating look at the younger faces of gun owners on Oahu written by our senior writer Loren Moreno, I admire the design work of Kristin and Maria. And Stephen’s work is felt throughout the ads, lending sleek, approachable flair. And I know it was Gary’s photo inspiration to throw roses at the feet of Sarah Richards, retiring after nearly 25 years with Hawaii Theatre. And that David captured that moment. And Delo shot everything from fire dancers to local swimsuits.

Now that you’ve met the people behind the art, you’ve got a bit of an insider’s view of our job. Thank you for letting us show you their stuff.



Kyle Nishioka

Nishioka is a civil engineer and photographer in Honolulu. He has been shooting since 2008  and is fascinated with capturing light and beauty in images, specializing in portrait, event and landscape photography. See his photos of Fire Jam in Calabash.


Kelsey Ige

Ige received her BFA in Design from UH Manoa. Currently, she is the in-house designer for Bank of Hawaii and was previously the art director of the Waikiki Aquarium. In her spare time, Ige slips back into moleskin-to-pen-tool mode and illustrates “like nobody’s business” for freelance and personal projects. Check out her illustration for Afterthoughts.


Karen Jones

Jones describes food styling as makeup and wardrobe for food. Once an advertising and editorial art director, Jones attended the Culinary Institute of America. People often ask if she makes artificial ice cream with mashed potatoes, but in almost a decade of styling, she’s only faked it twice. The Il Gelato shoot was the real thing, on location with the help of a great team and a lot of dry ice.