May 11, 2018

There's something very liberating yet controversial about the word "no." Unlike the word "yes," "no" has a literal negative connotation and can often be misconstrued and misinterpreted—depending on the situation—as being rude. If someone asks you to lunch or dinner, ev...

March 5, 2018

In 2014, I attended my very first Wanderlust Festival at the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort. It was amazing. There was sun, sand, surf, food, vendors, music, dancing, laughter, hugs, tears, and (of course) yoga. Other than the many missed morning yoga sessions due to a sl...

February 28, 2018

Once guests started to take their seats at The Modern Honolulu's ballroom, there was a sudden hush within the crowd of nearly 300. Beer and cocktail sips came to a halt for a moment as the lights dimmed low for the premiere of Etienne Aurelius' Born & Raised documentar...

January 26, 2018

The Garlic Shrimp and Local Arugula Strozzapreti (left) and the Boquerones pizza (right). ©Kristen Nemoto Jay

If there's one thing I've learned after studying abroad in Italy for a semester during my senior year in college—besides how to say swear words in Italian or ho...

December 26, 2017

I'll never forget the first time I heard Donovan Frankenreiter. It was circa 2004ish, before smartphones were smart and when CDs were still considered great Christmas gifts. I sure thought they were. My cousin burned (when you copy your music onto another blank CD) a c...

November 8, 2017

As a deep voice booms through the seats of Iwilei's Dole Cannery Theaters, the narration glimpses a man's broad backside, waist deep in a ocean current, peering out to an endless horizon. Searching. Looking. Observing. Taking in any moments that could be his very last....

October 24, 2017

While New Yorkers have their ball drop and Hawai'i still has its (illegal) fireworks, Japan has its celebration for the New Year in visionary, delicious and intricate meal sets and the fortune that may soon follow.

Like many cultures that w...

October 20, 2017

If there is ever a time for social media trends to take shape, the time is now and I'm proud to be an advocate for this very topic.

WARNING, ADULT CONTENT AND FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY PLEASE.

Call it a fad. Call it victims' remorse. Call it whatever you want. This story...

October 19, 2017

There's something magical about dessert in the morning. It's a bit sinful, but yet somehow your body adapts to the "it's the morning, and you'll have the whole day to work this off..." kind of conversation...Right? No? Just me? Well, regardless, I was having a grand ol...

October 16, 2017

Prior to writing these very words that you're reading, the blog "how-to" suggested I write something "engaging" and/or "inspiring" in this blank empty space. Quite honestly, I don't know if I have either but I'll give it a shot. Tomorrow, Monday, October 16, 2017, will...

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