At Kama`aina, we are committed to bringing locals together by sharing stories of aloha and perpetuating the culture we grew up with on our island home. We also strive to help Hawaiian-owned businesses and entertainers get the exposure they deserve, in hope they will find success in doing what they love.
The name came easy, as it describes the people who the magazine is about. Literally “child of the land,” kama`aina derives from the Hawaiian words “kama” meaning “child”, and “`aina” meaning “land”. The word “kama`aina” describes Hawai`i residents regardless of their racial background, and may be considered to be someone who currently lives in Hawai`i, or someone who once lived there but has since moved away and who has adopted Hawai`i’s culture as a way of life.
Born and raised on the island of Maui, Jill (Reinhardt) Munemitsu graduated from Lahainaluna High School and continued her education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Her career took her into the advertising and print industries, and in March 2012, she launched the first issue of Kama`aina Magazine in the Las Vegas Valley.
Raising her daughters away from Hawai`i, Jill is passionate about passing down the lessons she has learned from her ‘ohana about living with, and sharing, the spirit of Aloha. Through Kama’aina Magazine she is also able to perpetuate the culture she grew up with on her island home – by sharing stories of aloha, food, music and culture with readers – as well as helping other Hawaiian-owned businesses and entertainers thrive.
In 2013, Jill partnered with Randy Hatada to start sister-site, Kama`aina Connections, an online business directory created to expand the magazine’s business listing, which was printed at the end of each issue at the time. The duo took the information online and created a portal for Kama`aina to find locally-owned businesses in the Las Vegas valley.
Even after living in Las Vegas for the past twelve years, Randy Hatada is still a Hilo-boy at heart. Randy is a proud graduate of Waiakea High School on the Big Island of Hawai’i. He furthered his education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business, with an emphasis on Marketing. His education, experience, and passion enable him to enjoy a career in real estate. Randy is the Broker / Owner of Xpand Realty & Property Management. Randy is committed to building his business with the core values instilled in him by his parents as well as those embraced by the Hawaiian culture.
Another one of Randy’s passions is food. He is blessed to be a partner in Island Sushi and Grill in Las Vegas and be a part of sharing Hawaii’s ‘ono food and culture with Las Vegas.
Through both endeavors and in his life, both personally and professionally, Randy strives to connect and support people from Hawaii who have made the transition to living in Las Vegas. While he can attest that this transition can bring challenges along the way, he is confident in the fact that the road is paved by having the support and friendship of others traveling a similar path.