Every few years, we tell our readers about some of our favorite things so you get to know us better. You’ll find favorites from other staffers in a future issue.
Cheryl Oncea, Publisher
“When I can’t actually travel to Italy, reading about it
is the next best thing!”
Books – Long ones, short ones, real ones, electronic ones – nonfiction, fiction – I’ll read anything except romance novels. I recently finished “Da Vinci” a biography by Walter Isaacson, which obviously takes place in Italy – my favorite country (so far).
Vino – A perfect Sunday late afternoon is reading a book with an Italian theme with a glass of Brunello. Or two.
Jeff Hawe, Managing Editor
“If the waves are up you’ll find me either drinking
sea water at Pupukea or splashing around at Makapuu.”
Pau Hana – For pau hana on Aloha Friday I gravitate toward Mahina & Sun’s at the Surfjack Hotel for fine eats and cocktails.
Trailblazing – Otherwise, I will escape the crowds by getting to know the trees on one of the island’s lesser known hikes.
Vinyl – When it’s time to unplug, I go full starfish mode on my living room floor listening to the likes of Miles Davis or John Lee Hooker on vinyl.
Gina Gelber, Contributing Writer
“Every four years, I become obsessed with
the FIFA World Cup.”
Outdoors – I love taking my kids to Kolowalu Park in Ward Village. It is a great place for urbanites to socialize, get fresh air and burn energy.
Activity Tracker – I can now track my activity using my new Apple Watch. I’m still tinkering with my Apple Watch, but I can measure my heart rate and how many calories I burn (active and inactive).
FIFA – I don’t wear it on my sleeve, but I’m an international soccer fan.
Steve Petranik, Editor
“I can watch every game with my NHL.com subscription.”
Page-Turners – I love reading John le Carre and his spy thrillers with multilayered characters who deceive for motives that are never simple and rarely pure.
Exercise – After a long day at the office, I dissipate my nervous energy on weights and sprints at the Kailua YMCA alongside friendly staff and members – like a nonalcoholic “Cheers.”
Hockey – My Toronto Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup when I was 10 but the current squad is fast and scores in bunches.
David Sur, Associate Publisher
“I’m a huge sports fan and have been involved with coaching and youth sports programs for the last 18 years.”
Fiesta – While living in Los Angeles, I grew to love Mexican food and it’s now my favorite, though searching for authentic Mexican restaurants in Hawaii can be frustrating.
Skol! – I’m also proud to say that I’m a die-hard Minnesota Vikings football fan.
Cruisin’ – I still love barbecuing or just hanging out with my best friends (from Castle High School). I think I’ve learned to appreciate our close friendship over the years and it’s an important part of my personal life.
Darryl Kaneyuki, Reporter Intern
“I’m a better person when tanned.”
Vitamin D – This summer, my love for the beach was reignited and I got my first tan in months.
Writing – When I’m not writing for Hawaii Business, I am updating my not so professional journal at least twice a day.
Work Out – Exercising with friends in my hometown of Kaneohe.
Noelle Fujii, Writer
“My first-ever cat, Mango, just turned 1 and I’m
constantly impressed by his clever mischief.”
Shabu-Shabu – A plate – or several – of shabu-shabu consisting of kalbi, Osaka sukiyaki broth and ginger dipping sauce charms me into going to Asuka Nabe + Shabu Shabu almost every time I want to eat out for dinner.
Toes in the Sand – Kahana Bay has calm waves and soft sand – perfect for taking long naps or reading on the beach.
Advertising Project Manager
“We live in a digital world but there’s something special about printed memories.”
Go-To Gadget – The HP Sprocket Printer is portable and the 2-by-3-inch prints have a sticky back that makes it easy to stick photos at my desk or home.
Japanese Stationary – My desk is my refuge at work so I like to surround myself with bright and fun stationery from Japan.
Snap a Selfie – The fisheye lens is easy to carry and allows me to take wide selfie shots with friends.