Celebrities, Personalities & Talents
Former editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Hawai'i now based in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Raised in Hawai'i, educated in New York and now settled in the Caribbean, I have a keen passion for lifestyle stories—arts and culture, style and fashion, design, travel, and personalities. Over the course of my media career, I've interviewed screen talents, crafted editorial on leading luxury brands from The St. Regis to Louis Vuitton, and shone a spotlight on aspiring talents and eclectic topics. (Think rare Hawaiian leis or destination Indian weddings). On the practical side, I craft smart, tightly crafted copy that speaks to sophisticated markets—all on tight deadlines.
In addition to writing, I've overseen all steps of the print editorial process—including developing issue lineups; collaborating with writers, photographers and designers to create sparkling stories; top editing copy; and art directing shoots. (I even dressed a top pro surfer in a Carolina Herrera jacket for an issue cover!)
Besides my native English, I am fluent in French (thanks to a graduate degree) and can now hold a decent conversation in Spanish.
Celebrities, Personalities & Talents
By Kai Andersen It is no understatement to say Vanessa Adams '88 has gone the extra mile in her career, figuratively and literally. She's currently a vice president at Alliance for a Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA), a Nairobi-based agricultural organization.
Profile of Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden during visit to Hawaii International Film Festival | Also art directed photo shoot
Q&A with HRH Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
Profile of actress Serinda Swan (USA's Graceland)
Profile of polo patron HH The Maharaja Gaj Singh of Marwar-Jodhpur, India during his visit to Hawai'i
Interview with actress Autumn Reeser on filming an ABC series in Hawai'i
Profile of actress Kristina Anapau (Black Swan and True Blood) for Islanders Away feature
Profile of Dancing With The Stars' Carrie Ann Inaba in "Islanders Away" feature
Interview of model and media personality Kimora Lee Simmons
Profile on Espacio Waikiki luxury boutique hotel
Travel piece on The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico. Also ran concurrently in Michigan Avenue and Capitol File magazines.
Travel story on San Juan, Puerto Rico featuring top hotels like the Condado Vanderbilt and La Concha, restaurant Santaella and more
Travel opener on refreshed Hotel Wailea on Maui
Travel opener featuring opening of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Travel story on Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and adjacent Hualalai Resort
Travel piece on Honua Kai Resort & Spa on Maui
Style & Fashion
Beauty piece on Language of the Bird's Monoi oil line
Wellness story on Taurumi massage treatment at SpaHalekulani
Round-up of sophisticated men's grooming products
Profile of former Versace model Travis Trigger Smith
Q&A with pro surfer-turned-clothing designer Kahana Kalama
Shopping profile of Honolulu indie label Salvage Public
Front-of-book opener on NY-Hawai'i based label Language of the Birds
Collaborative article on Hawaiian leis and style | Also art directed photo shoot featuring custom floral creations
Piece and style shoot on Hawaiian Ni'ihau shell jewelry | Also art directed photo shoot
Style piece on renowned jeweler Harry Winston's Secrets collection
Front-of-book profile of top Swiss watch brand Girard Perregaux and CEO Michele Sofisti during visit to Honolulu
Introduction of new collection from Louis Vuitton
Art directed and penned Style piece highlighting pieces by Hawai'i designers Maggie Coulombe and Jason Dow
Style opener featuring local men's fashion
Profile of Dylan Lauren, founder of Dylan's Candy Bar and daughter of Ralph Lauren
Interview with Maui-based designer Maggie Coulombe
Profile of high-end lei purveyor Kaua'i Curators
Profile of Hawai'i Island-raised Grammy winner Kalani Pe'a
Profile of model and traditional Hawaiian navigator Austin Kino for first Modern Luxury Hawai'i's Men of the Moment feature
Profile of Miss Aloha Hula Kayli Ka'iulani Carr
Profile of top Hawai'i recording artist Amy Hanaiali'i and her foray into winemaking
Interview with 'ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro
Profile of Grammy-nominated Hawaiian music artist Raiatea Helm | Art directed photo shoot
Arts & Culture
Profile of visually impaired singer Laurie Rubin
Art & Culture opener on World of Wearable Art exposition from New Zealand
Profile of French painter Betty Martin
I curated and edited the Holiday edition arts feature, penning several pieces myself
For the 2013 arts feature, I reached out to some of the most inspiring figures in the islands' arts community. Some were so interesting I interviewed them myself.
Fun piece on a wave of Indian destination weddings taking place in Hawai'i in 2010s.
Architecture & Design
Profile of interior designer Lauren Makk from HGTV and The Fab Life
Curated fall 2014 design feature, penning several pieces and directing two portrait shoots
Design profile on Hawai'i-raised interior designer Summer Jensen
Design story of Hawai'i Island-based architect Mark de Reus
Architecture profile on Japanese-inspired beach house on Windward O'ahu
Features & Special Projects
I directed editorial for Modern Luxury's first visitor market publication in the islands, Hawai'i Insider's Guide
For the Modern Luxury Hawai'i May 2016 issue, I curated this feature, with the help of my writers, to highlight 20 unique luxury products, services and experiences in the islands.
For The Best of the Islands 2014, I secured actor Henry Ian Cusick (of hit series Lost and The 100) to open the feature. My writers and I then went to work!