Cynthia Wessendorf

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Cynthia WessendorfCynthia Wessendorf is a writer and editor with decades of experience in the book publishing industry. Since moving to Honolulu from New York in 2001, she has freelanced for the East-West Center, Punahou School, HONOLULU Magazine, Iolani Palace, Amacom Books, University of Rochester Press, Habitat for Humanity, and many others.


Growing Up in an Age of Anxiety

Hawai‘i’s young people are struggling with mental health issues. Nearly half of high school girls and 60% of LGBQ students experience depression. And help can be hard to find.

Three Generations in Plastics

“We hired two new people and invested in equipment to help with the creative side and faster turnaround,” says Andrew Min, GM of the 70-year-old family business in Iwilei. His grandparents, Frank and Elaine Min, launched Min’s Workshop after Frank…

20 for the Next 20: Nathan Saint Clare

Nathan Saint Clare Principal, AHL Nathan Saint Clare is a gifted architect with an international portfolio who prides himself on never being predictable. He thinks of design as a constantly evolving process, “a moving, living thing” that changes with every…

20 for the Next 20: Jessica Munoz

Jessica Munoz President and Founder, Hoʻōla Nā Pua Nurse Practitioner, US Acute Care Solutions Fifteen years ago, nursing brought Jessica Munoz from California to Hawai‘i, where she planned to do a brief stint and plenty of surfing. But her work…

20 for the Next 20: Rachel James

Rachel James Attorney, Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission Rachel James didn't always want to be a lawyer. But in 2015, with a master’s degree in global leadership and sustainable development and a one-year position in U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Hawai‘i office,…

20 for the Next 20: Neill Char

Neill Char Executive VP - Commercial Banking Group First Hawaiian Bank As a 28-year-old bank branch manager, Neill Char had an epiphany. “In my first leadership role, I found my purpose in life and that is to help people realize…