Editor’s Note: The New HawaiiBusiness.com

March, 2008

I got my first print job in 1999, when former Hawaii Business Editor Floyd Takeuchi hired me as a senior editor. Even then, almost 10 years ago, Floyd and owner Duane Kurisu, had a multimedia vision for Hawaii Business. I had years of experience in broadcast journalism and zero in print, but Floyd assured me that I was being hired, in part, for my “multimedia skills.”

Since that day, this venerable print publication has mixed in multi-media in a variety of ways. In 1999, we had a monthly television magazine show entitled, “The Hawaii Business Report.” Within a year, we launched our Web site, hawaiibusiness.cc, because someone had already taken hawaiibusiness.com (which we were happy to attain a few years later). In 2000 and 2001, Hawaii Business partnered with KHON-TV, where I produced and reported business stories for their 6 p.m. newscast.

However, all of that pales next to today’s exciting times, when multimedia is the rule rather than the exception, with many buzzwords like, “rich media,” “social networks,” and “convergence.” So, it was with great excitement that we relaunched our Web site (at hawaiibusiness .com) last month. The aim of the new hawaiibusiness.com is to serve as a 24/7 online resource for the Hawaii business community. This is a key part of an ongoing dialogue with you that will help to shape and sharpen Hawaii Business into your must-have business tool. 

On the new site, some of our most sought after data, such as the Top 250, Black Book and Best Places to Work, is presented in user-friendly forms. There are also photo galleries of recent events and online videos of our sustainability forums for the business community. Our archives are online and searchable and our more recent stories should be tagged and sorted in ways that are more useful. Take a look, if you haven’t already, and let us know what we can do make hawaiibusiness.com even better. We’ve got other online features in the works that we plan to roll out over the next few months. Tell us what works, what doesn’t and what you would like to see. We want to be your go-to site for business in Hawaii.

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