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!