SPJ-HAWAII Excellence In Journalism 2000 Award Winners

     Many thanks to those who helped with awards program: Garret Kamemoto, Jade Moon, Don Kozono, Ray Lovell, and emcees Keoki 
Kerr, Jodi Leong and Floyd Takeuchi.


1. Government Reporting

Winner: "Bronster Ouster," Capitol Bureau, Honolulu Advertiser. Judges' comments: "Remarkable team coverage from several angles that gave 
readers all the information they needed."

Finalists: "Bronster Vote," Craig Gima, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "Broken Schools, Band-Aid Solutions," Crystal Kua, Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

2. Business Reporting

Winner: "What Price Paradise?", Rob Perez, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Judges' comments: "A clear winner, enterprising at its finest. Perez did 
indeed challenge the legitimacy of the so-called paradise tax in exhaustive detail and demonstrated courage by not caving in to 
advertisers' feelings."

Finalists: "Star-Bulletin Closes," Rick Daysog, Debra Barayuga, Peter Wagner, Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "Hawaiian's 
Renaissance," Michele Kayal, Honolulu Advertiser.

3. Spot News Reporting

Winner: "Sacred Falls," Lori Tighe, Gordon Y.K. Pang, Gregg K. Kakesako, Jaymes K. Song, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. No comments 

4. General News/Enterprise Reporting

Winner: "Big Island, Big Dreams," Hunter Bishop, Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Judges' comments: "Superb journalism; compelling."

Finalists: "Dana Ireland," Crystal Kua, Cynthia Oi, Rod Thompson, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "Hawaii's Brain Drain," Lavonne Leong, Honolulu 

5. Feature Writing/Short Form

Winners: "Shark Survivor," Tim Ryan, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. No comments provided.

6. Feature Writing/LongForm

Winner: "Search for Identity," Vicki Viotti, Honolulu Advertiser. No comments provided.

7. Sports Reporting

Winner: "Conference of Confusion," Paul Arnett, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Judges' comments: "A very strong piece of sports journalism. Arnett 
tackles the breakup of a major college conference and affords the reader an insightful and clear journey through several complex issues. He does 
a wonderful job relaying how the split will affect the hometown university, while also offering thoughtful analysis about the league's other seven 
teams. Arnett succeeds at one of writing's toughest hurdles to scale: He makes a difficult subject easy to understand.''

Finalists:  "His Business Was Football," Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser; Cindy Luis, Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Note: Judges did not indicate which 
Cindy Luis entry was selected as a finalist, and there was more than one; clarification was not received in time for this release.)

8. Page Design/News

Winner: "Dana Ireland," Michael Rovner, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Comments: "A powerful use of words and images to give a well-rounded 
picture of what happened then, and what has happened since. It's the kind of piece you don't forget."

Finalists: "The Last Harvest," Lee Imada, Eugene Tanner, Terrie Eliker, The Maui News; "Seven Victims, An Island of Sorrow," Honolulu 

9. Page Design/Feature

Winner: "Sizing Up the Competition," Stephen Downes, Honolulu Advertiser. Comments: "Now this is a graphic element that tells the whole
story. A fun and effective way to communicate with readers exactly what the story is about."

Finalists: "Tora, Tora, Tora," Lucy Young-Oda, Bryant Fukutomi, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "Warriors, Again," Michael Rovner, Curt Brandao, 
Honolulu Star-Bulletin


1. Government Reporting

Winner: "Businesses Allege Retribution," Malia Zimmerman, Gina Mangieri, Pacific Business News. No comments provided.

2. Business Reporting

Winner: "How ADA Impacts Businesses," John Duchemin, Gina Mangieri, Pacific Business News. No comments provided.

3. General News/Enterprise Reporting

Winner: "Kamehameha III School Playground Problem," Mark Vieth, Lahaina News. No comments provided.

4. Feature Writing/Short Form

Winner: "Eddie Kamae Exploring Lahaina's Soul," Mark Vieth, Lahaina News.  No comments provided.

5. Feature Writing/Long Form

Winner: "Sam Lono's Legacy," Ian Bauer, Honolulu Weekly. No comments provided.

Finalist: "One Man USO: The Earl Finch Story," Mark Santoki, Hawaii Herald 

6. Sports Reporting

Winner: "Ailing Lahaina Tennis Legend," Walter Chihara, Lahaina News. No comments provided.

7. Page Design/News

Winner: "Pacific Business Index," John Duchemin, Gina Mangieri, Pacific Business News. No comment provided.

8. Page Design/Feature

No entries



1. Government Reporting.

No entries.

2. Business Reporting

Winner: "How to Save Hawaii," Mike Markrich, Honolulu Magazine. Comments: "Of the several categories evaluated by this group of judges, 
the quality of the business writing entries easily surpasses that of the other categories. That's why Mr. Markrich's story is especially impressive. 
It combines first-rate reporting and information-gathering, which strengthen the writer's impassioned arguments in favor of the political and 
economic vision and leadership Hawaii appears to be lacking. We were particularly impressed by the manner in which Mr. Markrich incorporated 
the remedies for similar economic plights achieved in places as far afield as Kansas, New York and Canada. Bravo!"

Finalists:  "Father Knows Best," Craig DeSilva, Hawaii Business; "Survival Skills," Craig DeSilva, Hawaii Business.

3. General News/Enterprise Reporting

Winner: "Who's Killing the Star-Bulletin," John Heckathorn, Honolulu Magazine. Comments: "Excellent insight into media politics. Reporter as 
observer and harbinger? Interesting premise, yet his journalism is first-rate."

Finalists: "Upside Down and Out," A. Kam Napier, Honolulu Magazine; "Death of a Daily," Lucy Jokiel, Island Business.

4. Feature Writing/Short Form

Winner: "Black Unlike Me," Jana Wolff, Honolulu Magazine. Comments: "Plenty of lessons to be learned here. A very professionally crafted 
article. The writer's skill allows us to focus on some very powerful universal messages."

Finalists: "Date Line Politics," Aimee Harris, Honolulu Magazine; "Keanae Requiem," Mauka Gene Simpson, Honolulu Magazine.

5. Feature Writing/Long Form

(TIE) Co-winner: "When Jerome Died," Jessica Ferracane, Honolulu Magazine. Comments: "Excellent work; best we've read. Depicts the 
tragedy of all involved. So much pain. And, as readers, it filled us with anger at the shoddy work of police."

Co-winner: "Hawaii A.D. 1000," Scott Whitney, Honolulu Magazine. Comments: "When a writer can breathe life and excitement into a 
1,000-year-old, second-day story, that's worthy of a prize. This writer was able to make history, science and anthropology flow with excellent pace.
Every editor knows when you write about history you and better make it read as fast as a best-seller to get most readers to finish it. Scott Whitney
did that."

Finalists: "Letter from Hilo,: Les Peetz, Honolulu Magazine; "Smart Women, Tough Choices," Melissa Ching Benjamin, Honolulu Magazine.

6. Sports Reporting

Winner: "Stars on the Water," Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Magazine. Comments: "At first we were bewildered at the lack of more entries in this 
category. However, after seeing the caliber of writing by Ms. Nichols, it became clear why other sports writers would hesitate to compete against
her. Nichols, who is also our second-place winner, combines passion and knowledge in her portraits of some of the islands' top water athletes and 

Finalist: "Tin Woman," Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Magazine.

7. Page Design

Winner: "The Secret Hollowing of Red Hill," Darrell Ishii, Spirit of Aloha. Comments: "In a category with at least five very strong contenders for 
first place, this black-and-white package wins top prize. Excellent photos are highlighted by reverse type, insets and a stark, plain font. The artist 
seamlessly pulls together the story from the start and the sidebar to the last jump page with lovely simplicity. Kudos."

Finalists: "Volcano Chasers!", Darrell Ishii, Spirit of Aloha; "The Murder Nobody Wants to Talk About," Michel V.M. Le.

8. Magazine Cover Design

Winner: "Murder, Mischief & Mayhem," Michel V.M. Le, Honolulu Magazine. Comments: "Inventive and colorful, this cover uses many 
creative elements in a remarkably unifying way. The result is an eye-catching work that immediately draws the readers in. We loved the 
playful, pulp detective novel design qualities, in particular the cut-out, ransom-note-like lettering. If all his covers are this good, Mr. Le might 
want to consider a sideline career designing posters for Hollywood studios or book covers for New York publishers."

Finalists: "Stars on the Water," Michel V.M. Le, Honolulu Magazine; "High-Tech Future," Sunny Pauole, Island Business.


1. Column Writing

Winner: Dalton Tanonaka, Hawaii Herald. Comments: "This was the best entry in a very competitive category. Mr. Tanonaka has achieved a 
difficult task: educating and entertaining readers at the same time. His insights about various cultures, and the warm, inviting way in which he 
writes about them would make him an asset to any publication."

Finalists: "Off Deadline," Valerie Monson, The Maui News; "Volcanic Ash," David Shapiro, Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

2. Sports Column Writing

Winner: Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser. Comments: "By far the best entry in the category of sports column writing. Lewis smoothly weaves 
opinion with fact, while at the same time backing up his claims with a strong sense of research and knowledge of his subject. The columns are 
well-written, imaginative, clear and decisive. He shows great range in strongly taking on a local basketball coach one day, while pulling at the 
human emotion in a tale of the overachieving college athlete the next. 
Very solid stuff."

Finalists: "Keeping Score," Cindy Luis, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "Between the Lines," Robert Collias, The Maui News.

3. Arts/Entertainment Writing

Winner: "A Musical Laboratory," Tim Ryan, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Comments: "Very well-organized and executed, these stories took an 
intriguing topic that could have been dealt with superficially, but instead was handled with obvious care and attention to detail. Good use of 
quotes enhanced a touching duo of stories."

Finalists: "Jumping Flea," Ben DiPietro, Associated Press; "Merrie Master - George Naope," Cynthia Oi, Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

4. Editorial Opinion

Winner: "Fire the Torpedoes," A. Kam Napier, Honolulu Magazine. Comments: "What a fiery column! Loved the way the writer mixed it up 
with this tax-collecting zealot and took him to task for seemingly unethical practice of targeting people at random. A perfect sample of someone 
watching the watchdog!"

Finalists: "Bishop Estate," Carl Zimmerman, Lee Catterall, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "Watch What You Wish For," John Heckathorn, Honolulu 

5. Editorial Cartoon

Winner: "Workplace Violence," Corky Trinidad, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Comments: "Striking; good play on a vintage idea."

Finalist: "Chinese Takeout," Dick Adair, Honolulu Advertiser.

6. Illustration

Winner: "Heather," David Swann, Dennis Oda, Honolulu Star-Bulletin Comments: "Stretching the almighty dollar never looked so fun. Nice 
touch showing the plethora of goods spilling out of the bill."

Finalists: "Warriors, Again," Dean Sensui, Dennis Oda, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "Upside Down and Out," Dennis Calero, Honolulu 

7. Informational Graphic

Winner: "Somebody's Got a Gun," Martha Hernandez, Honolulu Advertiser. Comments: "In cases where breaking news events continue 
to evolve, the reader is sometimes better served with a comprehensive follow-up once all the facts are in. Thorough reporting, thoughtful 
composition and attention to detail bring this full-page infographic to the top of the heap. Adding mugshots of all the principal players humanizes 
this tragedy. This graphic tells the whole story and forces the reader to get involved. Solid job."

Finalists: "A Look Back," Lucy Young-Oda, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "Rapa Nui," David Swann, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 

8. Headline Writing

Winner: Seth Markow, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Comments: Referring to Markow's headline: "Most patients chronically ill-informed. Study finds 
doctors provide too little info for proper decisions," the judges said: "The clear standout here. Fine wordplay in the main headline is well-supported 
by an informative deck. Other headlines submitted were also good."

9. News Photography

Winner: "Officer Hurt on Freeway," Bruce Asato, Honolulu Advertiser. Comments: "Asato's photograph has a feel of immediacy as two officers 
comfort their fellow officer who was hit by a motorist while he was stopping to check on a stalled car."

Finalists: "Kosi Trial," Matthew Thayer, The Maui News; "Halo Over Honolulu," Dennis Oda, Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

10. Feature Photography

Winner: "Last Leap Before School Starts," Kathryn Bender, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Comments: "Winner used good technique in using blur on a 
sunny vacation feature picture."

Finalists: "Sunset Sail," George F. Lee, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "Testing Out Some Young Wings," Dennis Oda, Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

11. Sports Photography

Winner: "Rodeo Has Its Ups and Downs," Matthew Thayer, The Maui News. Comments: "This clearly takes first place based on its split-second 

Finalists: "Pirates' Gold Glove," Eugene Tanner, The Maui News; "Rainbows Wrap Up Season to Remember," Cory Lum, Honolulu 

12. Spot News Photography

Winner: "Quiet Gunman Kills 7," Cory Lum, Honolulu Advertiser. Comments: "A clear first place. Lum's photo of Xerox killing suspect 
Byran Uyesugi negotiating with police is a solid example of the photographer placing himself where the images were in this national 

Finalist: "6 Killed in Landslide," Jeff Widener, Honolulu Advertiser.

13. Photo Essay

Winner: "Goodbye to Wainee Village," Matthew Thayer, The Maui News. Comments: "Poignant and evocative. This photo essay 
compellingly captured memories of a community and place that is no longer there anymore, and the sadness of its demolition."

Finalists: "The Last Harvest," Eugene Tanner, The Maui News; "Road to Mandalay," George F. Lee, Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

14. Investigative Reporting

Winner: "Rodrigues/PGMA,"  Ian Lind, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Comments: "Lind's series of hard-hitting articles exposed a trail of 
misconduct and corruption. The writing is clear and easy for readers to follow."

Finalists: "Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate," Rick Daysog, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "Insane Punishment," Robert Rees, Honolulu Weekly.

15. Public Service Reporting

Winner: "What Price Paradise," Rob Perez, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Comments: " 'What Price Paradise' touches on a pocketbook issue that 
affects every citizen in Hawaii. The text is accompanied by a vast array of useful graphics. It was difficult to pick a winner from the selection of 
compelling stories in the categories of investigative and public service reporting."

Finalists: "Dana Ireland," Honolulu Star-Bulletin; "White Collar Crime," Lucy Jokiel, Island Business.


1. Government Reporting

Winner: "Haiku Stairs," Russell Shimooka, Liz Chun, KGMB-TV. No comments provided.

No finalists.

2. Business Reporting

Winner: "Aloha Wear," Russell Shimooka, KGMB-TV. No comments provided.

Finalists: "Mixed Plate: Mail Order 1&2," Pamela Young, KITV; "Big Island Bananas," Bill Beyer, Alan Lu, KGMB.

3. Spot News Reporting. No winner

4. General News/Enterprise Reporting

Winner: "Star-Bulletin to Close," Bob Loy, Andrew Nunes, KGMB. No comments provided.

Finalists: "City Bus Slowdown," Keoki Kerr, KITV; "Founder's Day," Jim Mendoza, Beau Cuizon, KGMB.

5. Feature Reporting

Winner: "Daring to Dream: Hokulea's Quest," Kim Gennaula, Don Kozono, KGMB. Comments: "Strong production value; nice story-telling; 
good surprise ending, good photography."

Finalists: "Dying Man's Wish," Diane Ako, Sisto Domingo, KHNL; "Hawaii 5-0 Hips," Diane Ako, KHNL.

6. Investigative Reporting

Winner: "Toothbrush Investigation," Angela Keen, KGMB. Comments: "Echh! The judges all went home and threw out their toothbrushes after 
watching this well-produced piece."

Finalist: "Disabled Lawsuit," Daryl Huff, KITV.

7. Series reporting

Winner: "Gun Safety Test," Louise Kim McCoy, Bill Beyer, Liz Chun, Matt Fletcher, George Hurd, KGMB. Comments: "Excellent concept; 
engaging' we watched the whole piece with interest; good, emotional connection, even with viewers who are not parents."

Finalist: "Teen Stop Smoking Challenge," Jill Kuramoto, KITV.

8. Sports Reporting

No winner.

Finalist: "Tiger Like?" Dave Vinton, KGMB.

9. News Videography. No entries.

10. Feature Videography

Winner: "San Juan Islands," Stuart Ishikawa, KITV. Comments:  Artistically very strong; captured natural beauty of subject."

11. Special News Program

Winner: "Mixed Plate: Land Where Time Began," Pamela Young, Rick  Pike, KITV. Comments: "Informative, interesting, high production values; 
very creative shots and angles."

Finalist: "Baywatch Hawaii: On Location," Ron Mizutani, Faye Jones, Kyle Funasaki

12. Newscast. No winner.

13. Public Service Reporting

Winner: "Bishop Estate: Fulfilling Her Legacy," Sharene Saito Tam, Garett Kamemoto, KGMB 9 News Team, Production Dept., KGMB. 
Comments: "In-depth covrage of an important community issue' concise; good use of graphics."

Finalists: "Raging Sea," Kim Gennaula, Don Kozono, KGMB; "Disabled Lawsuit," Daryl Huff, KITV.


1. Spot News Reporting. No entries.

2. Feature Reporting

Winner: "Wayfinders," Heidi Chang, Hawaii Public Radio. Comments: "Nice radio intro to what sounds like an interesting TV special."

3. Investigative reporting

Winner: "Bishop Estate," Heidi Chang, Hawaii Public Radio. Comments: "Good in-depth examination of a serious problem."

4. Series Reporting

Winner: "Hawaiian Language Movement," Heidi Chang, Hawaii Public Radio. Comments: "Good exploration of the link between saving a 
language and saving a culture. We loved the sound of the little kids in Part 1."

5. Sports Reporting. No entries

6. Public Service Reporting

Winner: "USS Missouri Museum," Heidi Chang, Hawaii Public Radio. Comments:  "A clean sweep for Ms. Chang. Nice mix of retires sailors and 
Marines and archival sound."

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