By Léo Azambuja
Mahalo Kaua‘i! We are six months into the year, and For Kaua‘i already had its best year so far.
In our May issue, we announced Barbara Bennett, For Kaua‘i owner and publisher, was the recipient of the 2016 Small Business Advocate in Media and Journalism Award. This was no small feat, it is prestigious state award presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Hawai‘i District Office.
On May 23, our science writer, Ruby Pap of University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program, won a Pa‘i Award with the Hawai‘i Publishers Association for second best Enterprise Reporting with “Rapid ‘Oh‘ia Death Threatens the Forest.” Ruby broke the story on the dreaded Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death that has killed thousands of the iconic and important ‘ohi‘a lehua trees on the Big Island.
Still in the HPA Pa‘i Awards, we snatched first and second place in Editorial Opinion. The first prize went for “Oustanding Humans,” an editorial I wrote on Obama’s immigration policy, and the second prize went for “Who is Charlie?” an editorial I wrote on the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo Magazine in Paris, France.
On June 24, For Kaua‘i won two Excellence in Journalism Awards at the Society of Professional Journalists, Hawai‘i Chapter. The prizes went for an editorial opinion I wrote and Ruby Pap’s “Rapid ‘Oh‘ia Death Threatens the Forest.”
We have more good news. We have just finished a beautiful glossy edition of For Kaua‘i Annual Cultural Magazine. This is 102-page magazine full of cultural stories and pictures. The stories really convey the rich cultural background of the island, and the gorgeous pictures displayed throughout the magazine remind us how beautiful and unique Kaua‘i is. This special annual magazine will be available for purchase at the gift shop of Kaua‘i Museum.
Mahalo nui loa to all our supporters on Kaua‘i. We do what we do because of you!