Editor's Note

HILuxury - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

When we shot ac­tress Janel Par­rish for this i ssue’s cover of HILux­ury, it was a few months be­fore the mag­a­zine needed to be put to bed. We were— and I hes­i­tate to say it out loud— ahead of schedule. Be­tween takes, Par­rish pro­ceeded to post a few out­takes on­line and just to keep things on the down- low, we re­quested that the Pretty Lit­tle Liars star keep our lo­ca­tion un­der wraps. Par­rish cer­tainly knew the drill . With her 4.7 mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, a lo­ca­tion men­tion would be … un­wise. She re­called an oc­ca­sion where a quick selfie in­ad­ver­tently showed a blurr y ho­tel logo in the back­ground. Ten min­utes l ater, droves of fans made their way to her ho­tel . After spend­ing most of the af­ter­noon with Par­rish, it’s not sur­pris­ing why peo­ple would want to meet her in per­son— she’s as ap­proach­able in re­al­ity as she i s de­vi­ous on tele­vi­sion when she played the role of ‘ Mona’ on Pretty Lit­tle Liars. And now that the show has wrapped after seven sea­sons, Par­rish’s schedule i s still packed with her var­i­ous projects. Writer Yu Shing Ting sits down with her for “Par­rish State of Mind” on page 100.

Also in this i ssue, you’ l l come across an­other O‘ahu lo­cal fa­mil­iar with Hol­ly­wood— f i lm­maker and pro­ducer James Sereno. While Sereno i s based here in Honolulu, he cer­tainly knows his way around Tin­sel­town. How­ever, what he’d re­ally like to do is re­turn the fa­vor and have the rest of the world know Hawai‘ i— un­var­nished and au­then­tic. Writer Hunter Hask­ins gets Sereno’s take on his craft for “Keep­ing it Reel” on page 52.

And though we have our share of pro­duc­ers and thes­pi­ans that have made it big, we also have a tal­ented sta­ble of au­thors here in Hawai‘ i deser ving of a pat on the back. We chat with writer, re­porter and now nov­el­ist Malia Mat­toch McManus as she re­leased her f irst novel, Dragon­fruit. While some folks are afraid of ghosts, McManus turns one par­tic­u­lar spirit into a source of in­spi­ra­tion . Find out who ser ved as her muse on page 48. Aloha and en­joy the i ssue!

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