San Diego, California
- California State University, San Bernardino
- Ligaya Malones grew up in Kaua’i, Hawai’i and is a San Diego-based writer covering the intersection of travel, food, and culture.
- Ligaya’s work has been featured in Lonely Planet, Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, New York magazine, and Salt & Wind.
Ligaya has been writing about bright spots in travel, food, and culture since 2016 and has covered everything from the resurgence of Japan’s kominka, to Hawai’i’s prestigious Merrie Monarch hula competition, and Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s emerging wine region.
Her curiosity for the world around her (and regional foods) has inspired her to travel solo through Spain and Portugal, wrangle friends to meet her in New Zealand and Colombia, and to seek out street eats, casual bites and white tablecloth dining experiences wherever she goes.
Ligaya earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from California State University, San Bernardino after transferring from George Mason University, in Virginia.