Solid Gold

July, 2006

The design in the magazine you are holding is as good as gold, figuratively, that is. I’m writing this from a series of airports, starting in Little Rock, Arkansas, where the Alliance of Area Business Publications (AABP) just held its annual conference and awards ceremony. And I am exhilarated.

On June 3, 2006, Hawaii Business received the gold award for Best Design in the magazine category. The AABP competition this year was between 61 publications from the United States, Canada and Australia, and more than 600 entries. The win is an affirmation that we at Hawaii Business are achieving our goal of excellence in serving you with a top-of-the-industry magazine. Special congratulations go to our Assistant Creative Director Wes Funai, who works his tail off to try to make every issue the very best.

The awards didn’t stop there. In the magazine category, Hawaii Business also won silver awards for best cover and best feature layout. Our Editor-at-Large David K. Choo won a bronze award for best body of work, single writer. Dave works magic with words. I know our readers enjoyed his latest work, a story about the business of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” last month. And readers look forward to his latest food-related exploits in “Dining with Dave” every month.

As I write this, I am bound via Atlanta for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where I’ll be participating in the 52nd annual National Security Seminar of the U.S. Army War College.

What in the world has this got to do with business in Hawaii, you ask? When you consider that federal spending in Hawaii, of which the Department of Defense comprises a large portion, contributed more dollars to the Hawaii economy in 2002 and 2003 than tourists did, we had better pay close attention to foreign policy, the U.S. military across the world and the members of the military and their families who live, work and play with us.

I’m looking forward to a stimulating dialogue about issues, such as globalization and security. The U.S. Army War College students include officers on the rise from different branches of the United State’s military services as well as foreign military officers. They spend the last week of their academic year hearing from distinguished speakers and in dialogue with invited guests from across the country. Also representing Hawaii will be Kitty Lagaretta of Communications Pacific Inc., The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s Suzanne Case and Alison Machida of American Savings Bank. Past participants from Hawaii tell us that we should return enriched, invigorated and ready to apply what we have learned and discussed.


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