Hana Hou.

Monday, June 18, 2012

This morning, I'm excited to share a project I worked on recently for Hana Hou!, the in-flight magazine for Hawaiian Airlines. To celebrate its new direct flight from Honolulu to JFK, the latest issue includes three articles that list New York City travel recommendations for Hawaiian visitors. Each was authored by someone who used to live in Hawaii (I spent eight years there when I was growing up), and I had the honor of writing the dining feature. Since it's not a magazine that's available on newsstands, I thought I'd share some photos of it here. 


That's me, at Kyo Ya, one of my very favorite restaurants in New York. The caption on the photo describes me as being "in my element" there. I'd say that's accurate.


Other restaurants featured in the article: Victor's Cafe in the Theater District, and Tocqueville in Union Square. Both are wonderful. (I still dream about the truffled grits at Tocqueville, and the sticky guava cobbler at Victor's - yum.)


If you happen to find yourself on a Hawaiian Airlines flight in the near future, keep an eye out for the feature. A big thank you to Hana Hou! for the incredible opportunity!

Hana Hou! photos by Robert Caplin.

26 comments:

hrz said...

You are famous and adorable!

the southern hostess said...

Makes me want to hop on a plane! Congratulations. It looks great!

Molly said...

Get it, girl. Congrats!

Cassie @ WittyTitleHere.com said...

That's SO awesome, and what a great photo of you! Congrats!

Rizalenio said...

Congratulations! :)

RaquelDoesLife said...

This is so cool, Shoko! I love Hawaii...which island did you live on?

Liz Moody said...

this is such a cool spread...i LOVE kyo ya...the sweet potato tempura makes me cry, it's so amazing.

Hannah Brandt said...

That is too cool! I love the photo :)

Melissa said...

What an awesome opportunity! Congratulations! Even though I don't see myself flying to Hawaii anytime soon, I'll have to check out those recommendations as well :)

angela said...

So cool! I hope to try those restaurants next time I'm in NYC!!

Chelsea C. said...

Hooray! It's here!

Linda said...

Amazing! Stupendous! Fantastic! Love it so much, congratulations Shoko!!!

Kathy said...

I just read your article through Hana Hou's site, and your food writing is mouth-wateringly good! Virtual high fives to you!

rebecca said...

get it girl. :)

Panda Head said...

so exciting! congratulations are in order - both for publication and for the EXCELLENT picture!

Jennifer Young said...

so rad, shoko. congrats! i want a copy...maybe i should book a ticket to hawaii? ;)

Pink Ronnie said...

That is awesome Shoko, it must be pretty exciting to see one of your pieces (and that gorgeous photo of you) in print!
Ronnie xo

kiko said...

we've got the publication, thanks to our friends, the Mac's! you look gorgeous. xoxo

Shoko said...

Thanks so much, everyone!

Rachel, I lived on Oahu, in Manoa Valley. I miss it!

Liz, the sweet potato tempura is out of control. Pretty sure I could eat it every day for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.

Jen, yes, I think you just might have to! :)

Stephanie said...

sho! that is so wonderful and amazing! i'm so proud of you! Congrats! <3

Loulou said...

How cool Sho... good for you!

I've been to Hawaii once and sure did love it and very much want to go back. Must have been nice to actually live there!

Loulou

Stevie P said...

Amazing. Could not be any-more proud of you.

Heather said...

Congrats, Shoko! What a great feature. I'll definitely need to check out Kyo Ya, now!

Miss Ninny said...

Hello, there^^ I have never commented on your blog before but I have been reading it for the better part of a year and I must admit that is a real shame because you deserve to know that you are a true role model, not just for young, aspiring writers and almost any twenty year-old. But a role model on living life with a sense of joy in the everyday. I just wanted to let you know and thank you~^^

Also, congratulations of the feature in Hana Hou! I used to collect each issue of Hana Hou! I could get my hands on when I was a little girl and had nearly managed to forget about the publication until I saw it on your blog for the first time in years. It is definitely one of the best in-flight publications!!

Shoko said...

Thank you, guys!

Miss Ninny, that is so sweet, and means so much to me. Thank YOU for being such a loyal and thoughtful reader. I'm so happy and honored that you enjoy the blog!

ami said...

So cool! Congratulations! How exciting :) Wish we could read the text!

I was just telling a friend who's also a writer and does these sorts of assignments that these are the types of pieces I'm hoping to photograph in the future, so gotta make it happen!

I also lived in Hawaii for a few years ago, but when I was really little. I'd really love to go back soon (and of course New York too!).

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