PRESS RELEASE: Veteran Honolulu journalist Jason Genegabus introduces ‘Hawaii’s Calling’

PRESS RELEASE: Veteran Honolulu journalist Jason Genegabus introduces ‘Hawaii’s Calling’



HONOLULU >> Longtime Honolulu entertainment reporter/columnist and social media influencer Jason Genegabus will serve as host and executive producer of “Hawaii’s Calling,” a new online-based broadcast set to debut later this summer.

“Hawaii’s Calling” is for those who hold Hawaii close to their hearts and want learn more about the latest and greatest our island paradise has to offer, with a dedicated emphasis on supporting locally owned businesses and other Hawaii-based individuals, organizations and events.

“Hawaii’s Calling” will be produced as an interview-style podcast, with 24 episodes planned for Season 1. Episode length is expected to be approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, with additional bonus content available for premium subscribers.

In addition, supplemental free video content will be published on YouTube as well as social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

After 22 years in the newsroom at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (formerly the Honolulu Star-Bulletin), Jason left print journalism earlier this year. Along with “Hawaii’s Calling,” he continues as an Instructor of Communication at Hawaii Pacific University, as well as serving as faculty advisor for Kalamalama, HPU’s online student news organization.

“I’m excited to start this new chapter of storytelling in Hawaii. After more than 20 years of shining the spotlight on others in print, I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue doing so in an environment I’m extremely comfortable in.”

— Jason Genegabus, Host/Executive Producer “Hawaii’s Calling”

After starting his journalism career as a messenger in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newsroom in 2000, Jason quickly landed a byline in the paper as a freelance sports reporter before being promoted to entertainment columnist in 2001.

While his editors envisioned him being the next Dave Donnelly or Ben Wood, both longtime three-dot columnists at the paper, Jason established himself as someone who not only covered his beat, but lived the lifestyle that went along with Honolulu’s buzzing nightlife scene in the early 2000’s.

Jason also served as the paper’s resident liquor columnist, writing the column “Barfly” for the paper before turning it into a blog online. He was also a trailblazer at the paper when it came to social media, having represented the paper in cyberspace for more than 15 years — often as one of the first, if not the first, to do so.

In 2010, he conceptualized and launched Honolulu Pulse, a leading online destination for Hawaii-based entertainment news and event photo coverage until its demise in 2016. At its height, the Pulse employed more than a dozen freelance bloggers and reporters, in addition to contributions from full-time staff.

Jason says “Hawaii’s Calling” will be a vital platform not only for local business owners, but also creatives looking to share their passions with a wider audience.

“I can’t wait for my audience to get a chance to learn more about not just the established companies here in Hawaii, but also those just getting started on their journeys to success. My hope is to create original Postcards from Paradise for listeners and followers worldwide that will encourage them to visit our island home and support our homegrown businesses.”

— Jason Genegabus, Host/Executive Producer “Hawaii’s Calling”

Find “Hawaii’s Calling” online at hawaiiscalling.com or dailyhawaii.info/hawaiiscalling. Follow the show on social media at @hawaiiscallingofficial.