Portrait by Leah Friel

The long, lazy days of summer are upon us, and the “travel bug” is calling. I think traveling is the best education in the world—we quickly learn to adapt to different environments, seek out the best places to eat, check out the local art and theater scenes—maybe even catch a ball game … In short, we do what the locals do (or at least try to!). But what I love most about traveling is simply just meeting new people.

HILuxury takes you on its own journey of interesting personalities. People like Bill Paley, whose father, William S. Paley, started CBS; while his mother, socialite and Vogue fashion editor Babe Paley, was considered one of the best-dressed women of her time. Bill eventually chose his own path away from the glamour and glitz of society life and, instead, restarted his grandfather’s business, La Palina Cigars. We were lucky to chat with Bill the last time he paid Honolulu a visit.

We also were fortunate enough to speak with some team members at Wounded Warrior Project—a non-profit organization that gives back hope and freedom to those who have served our country. With a strong local presence, our veterans have the opportunity to engage in a little friendly competition, such as the 2015 Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials held last spring.

Speaking of local presence, ever since actor Henry Ian Cusick set foot on HawaiÊ»i shores a decade ago, he’s been in love with islands. The Kailua resident has been busy filming for both TV shows and films, but is always eager to return to his piece of paradise … He graces our annual “Men’s Issue” cover. I can’t believe that this particular issue also marks HILuxury’s eighth anniversary! Where does the time go?

Going back to the subject of travel—I have never been to Ohio. The closest I’ve ever gotten was watching the Cavaliers play basketball on Maui. Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus have now all made my travel bucket list.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (yes, I know that it’s in Canton) are just few fun sites to see in the Buckeye State.

Back at home, there are several names that are worthy of global recognition, especially in the art world. Head over to University of Hawaiʻi and check out what the Department of Art has been up to. There, you will find world-class works by artists, all affiliated with the University of Hawaiʻi, whose talents are being brought to light via GalleryHNL. This collaboration opens the door for amazing artists to be represented and receive exposure all over the country.

So … if the “bug” is calling you, go catch a plane, take a long car ride and go out and see the world—it’s filled with fascinating people, places and wondrous adventures.

Safe travels!

Linda Woo
Publisher