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Editor's Note – July 2, 2018

Hawaii Business Wins 18 Awards in State Competition

Pictured: The October 2017 issue won first place for Magazine Cover at SPJ Hawaii’s Excellence in Journalism dinner. Cover by Janelle Kalawe-Ching. | Photo: Alexis Panoncillo

Hawaii Business won 18 prizes, including 7 first place awards, at Friday night’s Excellence in Journalism dinner hosted by the Hawaii chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The awards were open to all Hawaii media and were based on work published or broadcast in 2017.

The honors came just a week after Hawaii Business won six national awards – five first place and one silver – including best regional business magazine in the country.

In Friday’s SPJ Hawaii ceremony, Hawaii Business won these awards in the magazines categories:

  • First place in overall Page Design for the September, October and December issues. The design team is led by Creative Director Janelle Kalawe-Ching and included Kelsey Ige, Lilian Cheng and Amy Ngo.
  • First place in Business Reporting for “Business’ Biggest Secret” by LiAnne Yu about why most businesses keep their employees’ pay secret and why a few companies are fully transparent. Another Hawaii Business article was a finalist in the same category, “Doing Business in The Shadows” by Tiffany Hill, about Hawaii’s underground economy in cockfighting, prostitution and recreational marijuana.
  • First place in Feature Writing/Short Form for “You Are What You Surf” by Timothy Schuler about a local-born scientist who is studying how the microbes in surfers’ bodies interact with microbes in the ocean.
  • First place for Magazine Cover for the October 2017 cover by Janelle Kalawe-Ching featuring two recent business school graduates in an homage to the iconic Rosie the Riveter poster. Kalawe-Ching’s December cover of First Hawaiian Bank CEO Bob Harrison was a finalist in the same category.
  • A finalist award in Industry or Trade Reporting for “Farming’s Uncertain Future” by senior writer Beverly Creamer, a story about how rat lungworm disease has accelerated difficult changes in local farming.
  • A finalist award for Best Single Feature Layout for “20 For The Next 20” in the March 2017 issue, designed by Associate Art Director Lilian Cheng.

In the all media categories, which are open to print, online, TV, radio and other all other media, Hawaii Business also won a series of awards:

Students who worked as interns or freelancers also won two finalist awards in Any Media categories:

  • Havard University student Jordan Virtue, a graduate of Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Hawaii Island, won in Student News Reporting for “Big Plans,” about China Oceanwide’s development plans for Ko Olina.
  • UH Manoa student Nicole Tam, a graduate of Kaiser High on Oahu, won in Student Feature Reporting for “24 Million Meals a Year,” a story about the meals served by the public school system.

Two of Hawaii Business’ sister publications were also honored at the SPJ Hawaii awards: Honolulu Magazine won five place and 16 finalist awards, and Hawaii magazine won two first place and four finalist prizes.

To read about all the winners in all media, visit the SPJ Hawaii website.

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