Yes, there is an 'us' behind Hawaii Islander. Meet some of the creative content creators and designers.
Mimi Towle | Founder, Publisher, Editor
Born at Castle Hospital in Kailua on the island of Oahu, Mimi spent much of her childhood on the islands of Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii. She is currently living in California and working as an editor for magazine that happens to feature Hawaii-related content quite often. After many years of planning her own family trips and advising dozens of friends and friends of friends book their ultimate Hawaiian adventures. She became a travel agent and created this site to support her top picks on the islands.
Adena Auhalani Zender | Copy Editor / Video Talent
Adena grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii, along with her cousin Mimi Towle. Her love of the islands will keep her coming back to visit and write about this magical place for years to come. She is a full-time mom, a former English teacher, a health and wellness advocate, and an excellent copy editor. She believes now she can edit/grade "essays for the real world. Her gentle approach to correcting wayward prose is greatly appreciated by all of us. It takes a village - and she makes sure our content is easy to read and free of grammatical errors. Her alias on YouTube is "Da Deens" check out her adventures on the islands.
Jack Wolford | Photographer
Jack is from Hawaii and captures the spirit of the land as well as the spirit of her people. It's too hard to mention every shot on this site, I've given him credit when possible (allowed by Squarespace). He shot our landing page during a photo shoot for Marin Magazine, and few more gems throughout the site. Here he's pictured with legendary musician Henry Kapono post assignment.
Leela Lindner | Writer
Leela loves food and writing. Whether she is sharing the story of the people who make it, its cultural significance to the best places to eat it–Kauai native, Leela loves to explore the culinary options around the islands. Her blogs include: Luau Desconstruction,Wishing Well Shave Ice, Toddler Friendly Activities in Poipu, Kauai Juice Co, Hemingway Cafe, Best Sushi on the North Shore of Kauai and Best Sunset Dinner on Kauai..
Natalie Towle | Writer
Natalie accompanies her mother as often as possible on “research trips” to the islands. Lately she has started writing blogs and creating videos to make sure she keeps getting invited back. Look for her work on Mermaid School in Maui, Anini Beach, Homemaid Bakery in Kahului and a few stand alone videos such as Napili Kai Resort on Maui.
Peter Towle | Editor
Besides working as a CFO, Pete is an excellent editor and proofreader. Skills he credits to his Town School elementary education in San Francisco. Throughout the iterations of this website, he has read through more hotel descriptions and restaurant reviews than any person should have to endure. His reward is getting some time to explore the various surf breaks throughout the islands.
Shannon Carroll | Writer
Shannon is a hospitality veteran who is exploring her creative side by writing about Hawaii. When she’s not writing or cheering on her favorite team on the planet, the Denver Broncos, she can be found at her boxer meet-up in San Francisco, with Noëlle (aka Loulou) her adorable puppy. Shannon has written Old Jail in Maui Now Serves Wine, Banzai Pipeline on Oahu, Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore, Pokai Bay on Oahu.
Leigh Walker Weinberg | Writer
Leigh's day job is as digital account manager at Red Tricycle; however, as many millenials, she has a few other online interests. Her first love is makeup, but she will occasionally share her talents with Hawaii Islander. She has written a couple blogs (Pearl Harbor and Sky Waikiki) and has helped with a few back end duties such as posting blogs and making videos.
Stephanie Martin | Web Design
As a marketing communications professional specializing in sports, Stephanie has managed many large scale websites and digital communications for events such as the 34th America’s Cup and Super Bowl 50. She helped Mimi move the content from Wordpress to Squarespace and is possibly the most patient person on the planet.
David Taylor | Graphic Design
While working from his Texas-based studio, he channeled the islands thinking of “the classic tropical paradise.” He has worked professionally as a designer for 5 years and spent time at a couple businesses and design studios in Las Vegas before starting his own design company just a year ago - Color Jungle Creative. He tweaked our logo to better fit the new site, and created icons for some of our hotel pages.