Editor’s Note: Happy Birthday, Hawaii Business!
In many cultures, it is proper to acknowledge one’s ancestors on auspicious occasions. This is one such time.
For our 50th anniversary issue, we pay tribute to 50 Hawaii icons that, for better or worse, shaped our Islands into the place we behold today. While it is by no means an exhaustive list of people, places and events that have had significant impacts, it is an important collection of stories, which the editorial team and I have been humbled and privileged to be able to research and write.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the members of the editorial board, who spent several hours helping us create lengthy lists of icons worthy of consideration for this issue. Mahalo nui loa to former Gov. George Ariyoshi, former Hawaii Chief Justice William Richardson, Ret. Army Gen. and Damon Estate Trustee Fred Weyand, Bishop Museum’s DeSoto Brown, former Amfac executive Bill Balfour, Alice Guild, Hawaiian Host President Dennis Teranishi, former University of Hawaii President Fujio Matsuda, Frank Tokioka and entertainment impresario Tom Moffat. These busy, prominent people, some of them icons in their own right, gave of their time and knowledge in Spring 2004 and helped to craft the special anniversary issue you have before you today.
I would also personally like to thank the talented and dedicated editorial staff of Hawaii Business, Managing Editor Jacy L. Youn, Editor-at-Large David K. Choo, Editorial Assistant Lori A. Tomonari and Assistant Creative Director Wes Funai, for their continued drive for excellence in reader service. We must also acknowledge the wonderful editors, writers, photographers, artists and others who have helped to build and move thispublication forward. Thank you especially to all former editors, including Hawaii Engineer founder Joseph A. Murphy, Kim Jacobsen, Bill Wood, Michael Schmicker, Elyse Tanouye, Diane Chang, Mari Taketa, Floyd K. Takeuchi and Cathy S. Cruz, for their stewardship of Hawaii Business. Lastly, thank you to Pam Funai and Brian Niiya of Historyworks LLC for their help in finding many of the historical images for this issue.
We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Happy birthday, Hawaii Business. We invite you, our readers, to join us in working to make the next 50 years even better.