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Editor's Note

Our goal, our role

Photo: David Croxford

I’m a lucky guy. As the new editor of Hawaii Business, I get to lead a great team of people and build on this magazine’s strong tradition of covering local companies and business leaders. But I landed this job just as the global economy self-destructed. That means extra obligations.

The duty of this magazine has always been to stimulate the conversation in the local business community, help businesspeople succeed and thereby help Hawaii prosper. That role is now more important than ever. So to help you and Hawaii, we will focus our coverage on two things:

1. The major issues affecting local businesses and our economy, and
2. Information that is useful to businesspeople, especially people who own and operate small businesses.
Hawaii is our home. That’s why we want to help make it an even better place for our children. That may seem like an idealistic goal for a business magazine, but I don’t think so.

Businesses create the jobs, incomes and wealth that pay for schools and parks for our kids, pay for the police and military that protect us, for the safety net that helps the old, disabled and poor live a decent life. So when businesses succeed, there is more wealth for all of those worthy things. We want to play our role in creating that wealth.

But don’t count on Hawaii Business to be a cheerleader. When we write a story, we will do our best to reveal the tensions in the issue, whether that is a conflict between businesses or a conflict between growing Hawaii’s economy and preserving something important to many people. Big issues linger because they involve hard choices, choices that a community tries to avoid or cannot agree on. Our job at Hawaii Business is to further the discussion on those big issues. We will not offer a single solution unless our reporting reveals one obvious way forward. In most cases, I think, the voices we quote in our stories will offer different versions of the best way forward, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

And this will be a conversation, so we want to hear from you, whether you agree or disagree with what appears in these pages. Send your e-mails to or write us at 1000 Bishop Street, Suite 405, Honolulu, HI 96813.

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