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, Jill launched the first issue of Kama`āina Magazine in Las Vegas.
Raising her daughters away from Hawai`i, it was Jill’s goal to connect them with their Hawaiian roots, even from an ocean away. Through the stories shared in Kama`āina Magazine, ongoing community involvement, and by supporting local small businesses, Jill and her team are doing just that for her daughters and for so many others.
Jill lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Joji, and two daughters, Isabella and Lily.
Since the first issue of Kama`āina launched in Spring 2012, featuring Shane and Melissa Victorino on the cover, we have been committed to bringing locals together by sharing stories of aloha and perpetuating the culture we grew up with on our island home. From food, fashion, health and more, each issue is filled with stories that celebrate the people and culture that make our local community so special, with a focus on locals in the Las Vegas valley.
Kama`āina Magazine. The name came easy, as it describes who we are and who the publication is about. Literally, “child of the land,” kama`āina derives from the Hawaiian words “kama” meaning “child”, and “`āina” meaning “land”. The word “ kama`āina ” often 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. Near or far, we hope you will enjoy the stories we share with you in each issue.