June 24, 2016
Manoa Grand Ballroom
The 2015 Excellence in Journalism contest was judged, for the most part, by the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, with the exception of the Overall Magazine Layout, which was judged by Star-Advertiser managing editors Betty Shimabuuro and Mike Rovner.
All Media A101 Column Writing or Blog/News
First Place: Ian Lind “Ian Lind” Civil Beat Category Comment: "The winning entries all share the commonality of readability, and interesting insights into the history and culture of Hawaii, it's people and its politics."
Finalist: Ben Lowenthal “The State of Aloha” Maui News
Finalist: Neal Milner “Neal Milner” Civil Beat
All Media A102 Column Writing or Blog/Features or Sports
First Place: Dennis Hollier “Broken: Stuck in Permit Purgatory” Hawaii Business Comment: “Great feature on a topic that is normally something that doesn't hold a reader's attention. Very well done. Layout and graphics added a lot to the story.”
Finalist: Diane Ako "KHON2's Jai Cunningham shares strength, inspiration after overcoming difficult youth" Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Finalist: Michael Keany "Afterthoughts" Honolulu Magazine
All Media A103 Government Reporting
First Place: Jessica Terrell “The Harbor: This Waianae Homeless Camp Is Not What You'd Expect” Civil Beat Category Comment: "Many excellent entries in this extremely competitive category. The winning entries tackled tough topics, provided clear and thorough analysis and gutsy tenacity. All were exceedingly well written."
Finalist: Nancy Cook Lauer “Kenoi gets personal with county credit card” West Hawaii Today
Finalist: Lavonne Leong "Talking Trash, July 2015" Honolulu Magazine
All Media A104 Breaking News Reporting
First Place: Chris Sugidono, Melissa Tanji “Telescope protest” Maui News Comment: “True breaking news reporting of a protest. This reporter was on the scene to witness the chaos and the aftermath as protesters were arrested.”
Finalist: Anita Hofschneider “Senators 11th-Hour Decisions Doomed Ching Nomination” Civil Beat
All Media A105 Health Reporting
First Place: Nathan Eagle “Adult Care Homes” Civil Beat Comment: "The first place winner provided an incredibly well-researched and reported look into the state of Hawaii's adult care industry. No stone was unturned in the phenomenal, eye-opening report. The second and third place winners in this category were also well reported and written on topics of critical importance."
Finalist: Ilima Loomis "Anxious, Traumatized, Depressed" Hawaii Business
Finalist: Don Wallace "Facing a Silver Tsunami, October 2015" Honolulu Magazine
All Media A106 Science Reporting
First Place: Lavonne Leong “Our Water World” Hawaii Business Comment: "A cogent, reader-friendly take on the historical and geological sources of this precious resource, where it comes from now, where it's used, threats to its quality and its future for all. Excellent." Category Comment: "Everyone in this very strong category deserves an award, recognition and congratulations for making Hawaiians more aware of the world they live in."
Finalist: Jessica Terrell “Mauna Kea Telescopes: The Business Of Astronomy Is Not An Easy One” Civil Beat Comment: "A sophisticated look at the business side of exploring space, the people, governments and corporations that do it, and the debate over benefits to the local community. Kudos!"
Finalist: Patricia Tummons “Rapid Ohia Death” Environment Hawai'i Comment: "Excellent explanation of a tree-killing disease, the difficulties in stemming its spread, and a call to public action. Well done."
All Media A107 Data Journalism Story or Series
First Place: Nathan Eagle “Civil Beat Database: Checking Up On Top State Officials Just Got A Lot Easier” Civil Beat Comment: “What an important public service: a database so the public can find out more about their public servants. Well done.”
Finalist: Jessica Terrell "Tongan, Micronesian, Hawaiian Students Most Likely To Be Suspended" Civil Beat
Finalist: Steve Petranik “BOSS Survey: June and December” Hawaii Business
All Media A108 Sports Reporting
First Place: J.R. De Groote “IRONMAN preview” West Hawaii Today Comment: "One of the better preview sections I've seen when it comes to an event of this type. Loved the cost breakdown of bikes, shoes etc..."
Finalist: Robert Collias “I have a lot of baseball left in me” Maui News
Finalist: Larry Lieberman, Kunio Hayashi, Matt Mallams, Samuel Lee “In the Money” Hana Hou!
All Media A109 Arts/Entertainment Writing
First Place: Christine Hitt “Keepers of the Flame” HAWAI'I Magazine
Finalist: Derek Paiva “Kealii Reichel: A Life in Song” HAWAI'I Magazine
Finalist: Christine Hitt, Lurline McGregor “Hawaiian Music: The Fight for Survival” MANA Magazine
All Media A110 Editorial Opinion
First Place: Civil Beat Editorial Board “Civil Beat Editorial Board” Civil Beat Comment: "Excellent analysis of issues of vital importance to Hawaiians: trust in journalism, the powerful payday loans industry and the human value of programs addressing homelessness. Well done."
Finalist: Leo Azambuja “Editor's Notes” For Kaua’i
Finalist: Walter Chihara “State needs to grasp importance of the LHS Boarding Department” Lahaina News
All Media A111 Editorial Cartoon/Illustration
First Place: Meen Choi "Sunny Skies, Shady Characters, August 2015" Honolulu Magazine Comment: “Incredible detail. Interesting composition. A good marriage between the illustration and the story.”
Finalist: Jing Jing Tsong, Rob Donnelly "The Careerist: September, October, December" Hawaii Business
Finalist: Daniel Guidera "Sour Poi Awards, January 2015" Honolulu Magazine
All Media A112 Informational Graphic
First Place: Kelsey Ige "The Housing Equation, August 2015" Honolulu Magazine Comment: "Interesting, inviting illustrations to get readers to visually see the competition between the cost of housing and the time cost in commutes."
Finalist: Jen Tadaki Catanzariti, Janelle Kalawe-Ching “BOSS Survey: June and December” Hawaii Business
Finalist: Angelica Rabang "The New Big Five, May 2015" Honolulu Magazine
All Media A113 News Photography/Videography
First Place: Cory Lum “The Projector: 'Mutual respect And Aloha' On The Mountain But No Meeting Of The Minds” Civil Beat Comment: “A nice variety of images to tell the story. Great emotions and action in the photos. The fog just adds to photos.”
Finalist: Matthew Thayer “We lost just about everything” Maui News
Finalist: Hollyn Johnson “Standoff!” Hawaii Tribune-Herald
All Media A114 Feature Photography/Videography
First Place: Aaron Yoshino, Cody Kawamoto, Derek Paiva “Tripping The Night Fantastic” HAWAI'I Magazine Comment: “Beautiful imagery of Hawaii at night. I really get feel of energy and atmosphere.”
Finalist: Philip Lemoine “An Interview with Mark Cunningham - FLUX Hawaii” Nella Media Group
Finalist: Dana Edmunds, Sonny Ganaden, Kunio Hayashi, Matt Mallams, Samuel Lee “Riding with the Professor” Hana Hou!
All Media A115 Sports Photography/Videography
First Place: Rick Winters “Rodeo” West Hawaii Today Comment: “Solid action photo.”
Finalist: Rick Winters “Through the racket” West Hawaii Today
All Media A116 Photo/Video Essay
First Place: Diana Kim "Close to Home, April 2015" Honolulu Magazine Comment: “Beautiful personal story. A tough story to tell.”
Finalist: Cory Lum “The Projector: A Grand-Nephew's Love For Auntie Dorothy” Civil Beat
Finalist: PF Bentley “Nighthawks of Honolulu” Hawaii Business
All Media A117 Headlines
First Place: FLUX Hawaii "Net Prophet, Pass the Mic, You Don't Know Shit, Blooming Romance, Check All That Apply" Nella Media Group
Finalist: Chloe Fox, Carla Herreria, Landess Kearns, Chris D'Angelo “HuffPuffian Headlines” HuffPost Hawaii
All Media A118 Best Reporting Using Social Media
First Place: Anita Hofschneider “Honolulu Drivers Frustrated With Traffic Hell Take to Twitter” Civil Beat
Finalist: Anita Hofschneider “Hashtag Heard Round the World: Social Media Fuels TMT Protests” Civil Beat
All Media A119 Best Explanatory Journalism
First Place: Eric Pape “Living Hawaii: Behind Hawaii's High Cost Of Living” Civil Beat Comment: "This series excels at explaining the many reasons behind one of the crucial issues of our times: Affordable housing and the crisis for the middle class. Frightening, well-explained and well-documented." Category comment: “An amazing number of submissions easily could have won this category. A central role of the journalist -- explanatory journalism -- is alive and thriving thanks to SPJ Hawaii's dedicated members.”
Finalist: Lavonne Leong “Our Water World” Hawaii Business
Finalist: Lavonne Leong "Talking Trash, July 2015" Honolulu Magazine
All Media A120 Special Section
First Place: Sarah Ruppenthal, Terrie Eliker, Matthew Thayer “People Who Made A Difference” Maui News
Finalist: Catherine Toth Fox, Derek Paiva, Cody Kawamoto “Straight Outta Sugar” HAWAI'I Magazine
Finalist: Brad Sherman, Robert Collias, Stefanie Nakasone “2015 Maui Invitational” Maui News
All Media A121 Investigative Reporting
First Place: Nick Grube “The Death Of Aaron Torres: 'What's The Big Secret?' ” Civil Beat Comment: “Well researched and written and good use of limited sources. Timely topic and thought-provoking.”
Finalist: Nick Grube, Bob Porterfield “Off Track: At Least $1.2 Billion Has Been Spent On Rail But Where Has All The Money Gone?” Civil Beat Comment: “Important subject with exhaustive research and documentation.”
Finalist: Brian Perry “Damage control” Maui News Comment: “Intricate and absorbing.”
All Media A122 Best Independent Journalist
First Place: Catherine Toth Fox "Various Stories by Catherine Toth Fox, Freelance Writer" Cat Toth Comment: “Excellent reporting and writing on a wide range of topics.” Category Comment: “A tough competition to judge because of the quality of the entries.”
Finalist: Shannon Wianecki “Shannon Wianecki” Shannon Wianecki
All Media A123 Public Service Reporting
First Place: Jessica Terrell “The Harbor: This Waianae Homeless Camp Is Not What You'd Expect” Civil Beat
Finalist: Chad Blair, Mark Edward Harris, Cory Lum “The Micronesians: An Untold Story of American Immigration” Civil Beat
Finalist: Nathan Eagle “Adult Care Home Inspections” Civil Beat
Daily Newspaper D101 Spot News Reporting
First Place: Chris Sugidono “Fire destroys Kahului house” Maui News Comment: "Superlative effort under pressure, both reporting and photography, then using the best quotes to capture the emotion and drama." Category comment: "Excellent overall quality of entries, both the writing and editing as well as presentation."
Finalist: Tom Callis “Protesters arrested” Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Finalist: Melissa Tanji, Lila Fujimoto, Lee Imada "Emergency landing, again" Maui News
Daily Newspaper D102 General News/Enterprise Reporting
First Place: Tom Callis, Chris D'Angelo “Kenoi outspent by aides” Hawaii Tribune-Herald Comment: "Strong, in-depth reporting on a serious issue. This article is detailed and well researched. Excellent job."
Finalist: Bret Yager “Kua Bay” West Hawaii Today
Finalist: Brian Perry “Damage control” Maui News
Daily Newspaper D103 Feature Writing/Short Form
First Place: Chris Sugidono “We lost just about everything” Maui News Comment: “The reporting and writing in this article are strong and thorough. The writer does an excellent job of getting the story of the house fire from multiple perspectives which give a complete picture of what happened and the devastation that followed.”
Finalist: Ivy Ashe “Power of Pauline” Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Finalist: Chris Sugidono “On a wing and a prayer” Maui News
Daily Newspaper D104 Feature Writing/Long Form
First Place: Diane Ako "KHON2's Jai Cunningham shares strength, inspiration after overcoming difficult youth" Honolulu Star-Advertiser Comment: “The stories about Jai's past are riveting. Kudos to Jai for revealing the stories and to Diane for telling them. Domestic violence needs to come out of the shadows.”
Finalist: Diane Ako “Dr. Trey and the joy of ukulele” Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Daily Newspaper D105 Feature Page Design
First Place: Nathan Christophel “Travel page” Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Finalist: Jeffrey Carter “Pasta” West Hawaii Today
Internet I101 Online News Reporting
First Place: Anita Hofschneider “Disabled and Homeless: This Hawaii Woman Found She Had No Place To Go” Civil Beat Comment: "Outstanding, in-depth story that was a compelling read from start to finish. Well done!"
Finalist: Nathan Eagle “Not All Warm and Fuzzy: Care Home Bill Would Have Forced Out a Patient” Civil Beat Comment: “Another very strong entry and a close second.”
Finalist: Nathan Eagle “Palace Intrigue And The Ching Confirmation Vote” Civil Beat Comment: "Interesting story, well-told."
Internet I102 Online Feature Reporting
First Place: Nick Grube “The Mysterious Disappearance Of An American Fisheries Observer” Civil Beat Comment: "An important news-feature story, well researched and well told Honolulu. Nicely done!"
Finalist: Nick Grube “Police Chief Under Fire: Can He Survive Legislative And Legal Scrutiny?” Civil Beat Comment: “Very strong news-feature story.”
Finalist: Carla Herreria "Restaurant In Hawaii Offers Fresh Start For Former Prostitutes, Convicts, Others Who Need A Hand" HuffPost Hawaii Comment: "Interesting, newsy feature story."
Internet I103 Best Multimedia Presentation
First Place: Chad Blair, Mark Edward Harris, Cory Lum “The Micronesians: An Untold Story of American Immigration” Civil Beat Comment: "It was difficult to pick one amazing entry over the other amazing entry. Both are well done, thorough and flawlessly use multimedia to tell the story."
Finalist: Jessica Terrell, Cory Lum, Chrystele Bossu-Ragis “The Harbor” Civil Beat
Internet I104 Best Overall News Site
First Place: Staff “Honolulu Civil Beat” Civil Beat Comment: "Honolulu Civil Beat's website has it all. Easy to navigate with excellent reporting and writing, beautiful, story-telling images and information that Honolulu residents need and want to know."
Finalist: Nancy Cook Lauer “All Hawaii News” All Hawaii News
Finalist: Chloe Fox, Carla Herreria, Landess Kearns, Chris D'Angelo “HuffPost Hawaii” HuffPost Hawaii
Internet I105 Best 1-Person Online News Site/1-Person News Blog
First Place: Nancy Cook Lauer “All Hawaii News” All Hawaii News Comment: “A little bit of everything — things that Hawaiians need to know.”
Internet I106 Best 1-Person Online Features Site/1-Person Features Blog
First Place: Kim Steutermann Rogers “Malama Monk Seal Voyage: A Journey into Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to Save Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals” Kim Rogers Comment: "These blogs were real page-turners (figuratively, not literally). A fascinating read of Kim Rogers adventures chronicling a ship's quest to save Hawaiian monk seals. An incredible trip interestingly told."
Finalist: Catherine Toth Fox “The Cat Dish” Cat Toth
Finalist: Ray Tsuchiyama "Sumo, Vegas, and Olelo Hawaii: On a Sense of Place" Pacific Visions and Memories
Magazines M101 Business Reporting
First Place: Lavonne Leong “Is Your Job in Danger?” Hawaii Business
Finalist: Shannon Wianecki, Sue Hudelson, Kunio Hayashi, Matt Mallams, Samuel Lee “The Little Five” Hana Hou!
Finalist: Dennis Hollier "Which NextEra Will Hawaii Get?, Inevitable Change, Who Should Own Hawaiian Electric?" Hawaii Business
Magazines M102 Industry or Trade Reporting
First Place: Sarah Rose, PF Bentley, Kunio Hayashi, Matt Mallams, Samuel Lee “The Last Roundup” Hana Hou!
Finalist: Dennis Hollier "Which NextEra Will Hawaii Get?, Inevitable Change, Who Should Own Hawaiian Electric?" Hawaii Business
Finalist: Martha Cheng, Katrina Valcourt "The Everything Guide to Local Chocolate, December 2015" Honolulu Magazine
Magazines M103 Profile
First Place: Dennis Hollier “Off the Grid” Hawaii Business
Finalist: David Thompson, Ryan Nicholson, Kunio Hayashi, Matt Mallams, Samuel Lee “The Ringmaster” Hana Hou!
Finalist: David Thompson “Always on Track, February 2015" Honolulu Magazine
Magazines M104 Feature Writing/Short Form
First Place: Robbie Dingeman "Life in Focus, November 2015" Honolulu Magazine Comment: “Mixing the present with the past in this tale of a female photographer who got her start in the 1960s when women didn't do such things. Nice marriage of text with images.” Category Comment: "A category with some interesting, well written entries."
Finalist: Keola Lindsey, Brad Ka'aleleo Wong, Alice Malepeai Silbanuz “Connecting to the mana of Papahanaumokuakea” Ka Wai Ola
Finalist: Catherine Toth Fox “Flowing Waters” HAWAI'I Magazine
Magazines M105 Feature Writing/Long Form
First Place: Lavonne Leong “Is Your Job in Danger?” Hawaii Business Comment: “A fascinating read about jobs and tasks can be done through automation. An interesting look at a variety of professions — including journalism. We wondered if judging journalism competitions could become automated -- just kidding.”
Finalist: Martha Cheng "The Zippy's Senior Club, September 2015" Honolulu Magazine
Finalist: Catherine Toth Fox "Haunted Hawai'i, October 2015" Honolulu Magazine
Magazines M106 Body of Work- Single Writer
First Place: Sonny Ganaden “Sonny Ganaden-FLUX Hawaii” Nella Media Group Comment: "Exceptional prose, vivid word pictures in a grouping of five stories that ranged the gamut in topic. The judges had a difficult time putting these stories down."
Finalist: Michael Shapiro “Riding the Plank” Hana Hou!
Magazines M107 Overall Page Design
First Place: Warren Daubert, Jen Tadaki Catanzariti, Janelle Kalawe-Ching, Lilian Cheng, Mary Pigao "September, November, December" Hawaii Business Comment: "We were especially impressed with the September issue, which met some very difficult design challenges, given subject matter that did not lend itself to any easy solutions. The approach taken by the designers was creative, dynamic, clean and served the stories well. "
Finalist: Kristin Lipman, Kelsey Ige, Gary Saito, Stephen Guzman "HONOLULU Magazine: June, July and December 2015 issues" Honolulu Magazine Comment: "The magazine is lively and fun to read. Sometimes, however, it seems that too many graphic gimmicks (curvy arrows, for example) get in the way. Also, some packages are hard to distinguish from the ads."
Magazines M108 Best Single Feature Layout
First Place: Warren Daubert “Nighthawks of Honolulu” Hawaii Business Comment: “Incredible design. The use of black-and-white photos to depict people who work at night just adds to the dramatic elements on these pages.”
Finalist: Dana Edmunds, Derek Ferrar, Kunio Hayashi, Matt Mallams, Samuel Lee “Lost & Found” Hana Hou!
Finalist: Kelsey Ige “The 25 Greatest Hawai'i Songs of the New Century, October 2015" Honolulu Magazine
Magazines M109 Magazine Cover
First Place: Ethan Tweedie, Kunio Hayashi, Matt Mallams, Samuel Lee “Hana Hou! 18.6 Cover - White Summits” Hana Hou!
Finalist: Kristin Lipman "Best of Honolulu, July 2015" Honolulu Magazine
Newspapers N101 Business Reporting
First Place: Lorin Eleni Gill “Medical Marijuana: New industry could lead to a pot of gold” Pacific Business News Comment: "A very thorough review of a fledgling industry in Hawaii — a great, informative read for a state new to the dispensary industry.”
Finalist: Duane Shimogawa “Crushed on Kauai” Pacific Business News
Finalist: Duane Shimogawa “Industrial sized squeeze” Pacific Business News
Newspapers N102 News Page Design
First Place: Bethany Bickley “Hawaii's Most Wanted” Pacific Business News Comment: "A fun, interesting, visually appealing take on America's Most Wanted."
Finalist: Bonnie Rogers “A1 4-27-15” Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Finalist: Bethany Bickley “Hawaii chefs cook up business” Pacific Business News
Nondaily Newspaper ND101 General News/Enterprise Reporting
First Place: Colleen Uechi “Fuel for Thought: Molokai's Gas Prices” Molokai Dispatch Comment: “Well researched and reported look at gasoline prices.”
Finalist: Louise Rockett "Experts: Bold, fast action needed to save Maui’s reefs; Researchers: Steps can be taken locally to protect Maui reefs" Lahaina News
Finalist: Ruby Pap “Rapid Ohia Death Threatens the Forest” For Kaua’i
Nondaily Newspaper ND102 Feature Writing
First Place: Lorin Eleni Gill “Feisty. Unflappable. Fearless” Pacific Business News Comment: "A nice blend of business and feature writing. Very thorough, and presented with opposing point of view. The story could have been a shallow feature and included much more."
Finalist: Lorin Eleni Gill “Hawaii chefs cook up business” Pacific Business News
Finalist: Catherine Cluett “The Secret Lives of Monk Seals” Molokai Dispatch
Nondaily Newspaper ND103 Community Reporting
First Place: Colleen Uechi “Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove” Molokai Dispatch Comment: “A really terrific piece that led to major environmental changes. Good job!”
Finalist: Catherine Cluett “Molokai Drive Inn Closes” Molokai Dispatch
Finalist: Louise Rockett “Commuters surprised by state work on Highway 30 at Olowalu” Lahaina News
Radio R101 General News/Enterprise Reporting
First Place: Molly Solomon “Hawaii Telescope Conflict” Hawaii Public Radio Comment: "Well researched, well-told stories about the conflict between science and heritage. An interesting package of stories from beginning to end."
Finalist: Heidi Chang “These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz” National Public Radio
Finalist: Wayne Yoshioka “Homelessness in Hawaii” Hawaii Public Radio
Radio R102 Feature Reporting
First Place: Wayne Yoshioka "Pearl Harbor Survivor Recalls Baseball Game and December 7, 1941 Surprise Japanese Attack." Hawaii Public Radio Comment: “A wonderful piece that helps keep the stories of the lives of World War II veterans alive. Well done.”
Finalist: Heidi Chang “A (Very) Young Jazz Pianist Takes Giant Steps Towards Musical Mastery” National Public Radio
Finalist: Molly Solomon “Why Traditional Japanese Altars Are Vanishing With The Times Hawaii Public Radio”
Student S101 Student News Reporting in Any Media
First Place: Ieva Bytautaite, Alden Alayvilla, Janelle Guerrero-Miguel, Ana Giliberti-Ippel “Pesticides on the North Shore” University of Hawaii Comment: “Comprehensive look at the issue of pesticides that goes well beyond a campus setting.” Category comment: "A category with very strong, timely, interesting entries. It was difficult to pick a winner."
Finalist: Pavel Stankov “The Growing Crisis of Student Debt” Hawaii Business
Finalist: Alex Bitter “Fixing a Broken Budget Process” Hawaii Business
Student S102 Student Feature Reporting in Any Media
First Place: Shiina LoSciuto, Hayley Musashi, Staff “Stairway to Nowhere” University of Hawaii Comment: "Great reporting, writing, photos and video. It's the complete package."
Finalist: Braelyn Wood “Restaurant Road” Hawaii Business
Finalist: Ikaika Ramones "The Gene Switch, September 2015" Honolulu Magazine
Television T101 Government Reporting
First Place: Rick Daysog, Mileka Lincoln “The Billy Kenoi pCard scandal” Hawaii News Now Comment: "Great job exposing corruption in government — with in-depth look
Television T102 Business Reporting
First Place: Kristine Uyeno, Reid Shimizu “Businesses say rail customer discount program not working” KHON2 Comment: “Solid reporting of a timely story about businesses hurting along the rail line. This reporting has the potential to spur action to help these businesses.”
Television T103 General News/Enterprise Reporting
First Place: Brent Remadna, Tai Hiranaka “City-contracted beekeeper removes Koko Head Trail infestation” KHON2 Comment: “Nice enterprise to bring in a beekeeper to look at the situation with an objective eye.”
Finalist: Ben Gutierrez, Peter Tang “Homeless women claim city took I.D.'s in sweep” Hawaii News Now
Finalist: Alex Cerball, Greg Lau “Emotional father of son killed in moped accident cleans up vandalized memorial” KHON2
Television T104 Feature Reporting
First Place: "Brenda Salgado, Ben Gutierrez, Peter Tang, Tine Howard “Manoa woman looks ahead ten years after critical injuries from falling tree” Hawaii News Now Comment: “Clear, concise storytelling."
Finalist: Sam Spangler “Kaimuki head coach sacrifices mainland career to save alma mater” KHON2 Comment: "The reporter's track is strong, but it was hard to understand what this story was about. The music needed to be brought under, and the web story was a bit unclear."
Television T105 Spot News Reporting
First Place: Brigette Namata, Ken Mashiyama “Kalihi family thankful to be alive after SUV catches fire” KHON2 Comment: “Good standup. Compelling nat sound at the beginning.”
Finalist: Ben Gutierrez, Peter Tang, Justin Barfield “20 Arrested in Attempt to Block Work On Maui Telescope” Hawaii News Now
Television T106 Investigative Reporting
First Place: Rick Daysog “Airport kickback scandal” Hawaii News Now Comment: “Good incremental reporting that continued to hold DOT accountable.”
Finalist: Gina Mangieri, Justin Kanno “Honolulu DUI cases prone to catch and release” KHON2 Comment: "Solid reporting exposing systemic issues related to DUI prosecution. Would have liked to see what happened with deputy's internal affairs investigation - also, was he reassigned in the meantime?"
Television T108 Series Reporting/Documentary/Special News
First Place: Gina Mangieri, Manolo Morales, Justin Kanno "Sewage spill amount keeps changing, raising questions about staffing, response" KHON2 Comment: “A comprehensive look at an environmental disaster. Good job of pressing officials for answers.”
Finalist: Roy Kimura, Treena Shapiro, Leslie Wilcox, Britt Young, Joy Chong-Stannard "How Can Our Community Better Understand Gender Diversity?” PBS Hawaii
Finalist: Howard Dashefsky, Marisa Yamane, Ken Mashiyama, Jennifer Brink “Kilauea: Facing the Fire” KHON2
you to the Hawaii judges of
the Colorado SPJ Top of the Rockies
Environment Hawai’I: Teresa Dawson, Pat Tummons
Honolulu Star-Advertiser: John Bender, Jackie Carberry, Christina Chun, Susan Essoyan, Sjarif Goldstein, Martha Hernandez, Stirling Morita, Curtis Murayama, Charlene Robinson, Lucy Young Oda
West Hawaii Today: Nancy Cook Lauer
Honolulu magazine: Robbie Dingeman, Alyson Helwagen, Kristin Lipman, Lennie Omalza, Cat Toth
Honolulu Family Magazine: Christi Young
Hawaii Home and Remodeling Magazine: Tom Kunz
Hawai’i Magazine: Matthew Dekneef, Christine Hitt
Hawaii Business: Jen Tadaki Catanzariti, Warren Daubert, Gina Gelber, Dennis Hollier, Steve Petranik
Circle of Blue: Codi Kozacek
Former AP: Dave Briscoe
Maui News: Brad Sherman
Hawaii Public Radio: Bill Dorman