I'm a freelance journalist, copywriter and editor based in Honolulu, Hawai'i. I regularly write print and online editorials for publications, including the Hana Hou, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Midweek, Honolulu Magazine, Hana Hou, Mabuhay Magazine, 'Iolani Magazine and more. I specialize in writing features, covering newsworthy people doing newsworthy things. I also provide copywriting and editing services for local businesses and individuals who need marketing materials like websites, blogs, brochures and more. 

If you're looking for creative storytelling, smart copy and persuasive content that reaches your audience, let's talk. 

  • Maria Kanai is a multi-platform writer, editor and team player of the highest caliber. She's known for her ability to gracefully cover a wide range of events and subject matter, from business to culture, food to art exhibitions. She makes deadline. She's fun. We all love handing a project over to Maria, because it will be done well and with flair.
    — Don Wallace, Senior Editor at HONOLULU Magazine
  • As a marketing consultant, I am constantly needing copy done for various clients; anything from sales pages, to LinkedIn profiles, editorials, press releases and more. Maria Kanai has been a blessing to work with as she can handle constant switches in types of writing and has a quick turnaround. I would gladly recommend her to anyone wanting professional writing services for their business!
    — Sharon Gutierrez, Owner at Shar'Enterprise
  • Maria was an outstanding writer and editor for the student media program at the University of Hawaii. Those abilities -- combined with an uplifting attitude and an infectious curiosity about the world -- are why I recommended her for internships and graduate school. She remains an excellent writer and her range is visible in the work that she does for publications in the state.
    — Jay Hartwell, Student Media Faculty
  • Maria is an excellent writer who has top interviewing skills, can tackle any subject, and always delivers copy on time.
    — Lucy Jokiel, former Editor-In-Chief at Honolulu Weekly

Online/Print Editorials


Website Content

Social Media


Press Release Writing