I’m a writer and editor based on the island of Maui. I cover travel, science, culture, and food for numerous publications including BBC Travel, Smithsonian, and Hana Hou! – The Hawaiian Airlines Magazine.
BEST INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST 2016 (Finalist 2014 & 2015) – Society of Professional Journalists – Hawai’i Chapter
TRAVEL WRITER OF THE YEAR 2016 Hawaii Ecotourism Association
BEST BODY OF WORK 2016 SPJ – Hawai’i Chapter
BEST SCIENCE REPORTING 2016 SPJ – Hawai’i Chapter
BEST ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT WRITING 2016 SPJ – Hawai’i Chapter, Hawai’i Publishers Association
BEST SPORTS REPORTING 2014 Hawai’i Publishers Association
What the judges said: “Incredible research and compelling prose to take these deep dives far beyond the surface of the natural and cultural worlds of the state. A master storyteller at work.”
“Shannon Wianecki’s charming wildlife portraits combine lore and science to highlight Hawaii’s environmental riches and its ecological challenges. A pleasure to read. Now, Shannon, how about a book?”
My book credits include: Frommer’s Hawai’i 2015-2017, Top Maui Restaurants 2012, Fodor’s Maui 2005-2009 and Fodor’s Hawai‘i 2002-2009. I also create high school science curricula based on the native ecosystems of Hawai’i: Hō’ike o Haleakalā.
(Thanks to Sam ‘Ohu Gon III for this amazing rainbow shot! Read the story we were working on here: Into the House of the Sun.)