For Release: 9:30 p.m. June 10, 2006

3660 on the Rise


2005 Excellence in Journalism Awards

The Cincinnati and Greater Oregon chapters of the SPJ judged this year’s entries.



Daily Newspaper

D1 Business Reporting

First Place

Staff, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Through the Roof"

Comments: This seems like a well-researched and clearly well thought out in-depth package on Hawaii’s housing boom. The paper devoted a tremendous amount of space to this project.


Andrew Gomes, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Kakaako Package"

Alexandre Da Silva, The Associated Press, "Vegetable Gas"

D2 Spot News Reporting

First Place

Alexandre Da Silva, The Associated Press, "Hawaiian Programs"

Comments: "Thorough, balanced coverage on deadline of a protest involving 15,000 people in downtown Honolulu. Solid reportage."


Staff, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "26 Kaneohe Marines Killed"

Melissa Tanji, Matthew Burger, The Maui News, "Oh My God! It’s Smoke"

D3 General News/Enterprise Reporting

First Place

Mike Gordon, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Vanished: Hawaii’s Missing Children"

Comments: "This story paints a tragic picture, documenting the names and photos of 38 missing foster children."


Craig Gima, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Tsunami Coverage"

Jim Dooley, Mike Gordon, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Sunshine Week Series"



D4 Feature Writing/Short Form

First Place

Allison Schaefers, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Family Trees"

Comments: "Nice piece about an Hawaiian farm producing Norfolk Pines as alternative to imported Xmas trees. Loved the lede."


Ilima Loomis, The Maui News, "Beyond the Call"

Susan Essoyan, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Dressed for Detention"

D5 Feature Writing/Long Form

First Place:

Peter Delevett, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Return to Vietnam"

Comments: Really well done. The craftsmanship shows.


Sally Apgar, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Fall of the House of Fong"

Michael Tsai, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Jon Mozo"

D6 News Page Design

First Place

Lucy Young-Oda, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, A1 Star-Bulletin Front Page "Safe But Not Sound"

Comments "This afternoon edition’s front page is a clean, crisp vertical layout that is a fresh alternative to the traditional ‘stacked’ horizontal strip layout."


Brad Sherman, The Maui News, "Back to Back"

Michael Rovner, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Pray for Them"

D7 Feature Page Design

First Place

Bryant Fukutomi, Michael Rovner, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Hawaii’s Coral Reef: Cradle of Life"

Comments: A beautiful, colorful page befitting the subject matter at hand.


Chris Sykes, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Roll It, Bake It, Eat It"

Ruby Mata-Viti, Michael Rovner, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Holiday Table Settings – Fine Dining"


I1 Online Spot News

First Place

Advertiser Staff, The Honolulu Advertiser, "27 Hawai'i troops killed in Iraq crash"

Comments: Good job capturing the crash and worrying.

Emcees Garett Kamemoto and Lisa Kubota


I2 Online General News

First Place

Mike Leidemann, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Special Report: Driver Beware"

Comments: Great analysis of lots of information and use of all the tools online at your disposal.


Malia Zimmerman, Hawaii Reporter, "Paving Over Entrepreneurs' Dreams"


M1 Business Reporting

First Place

Scott Radway, Hawaii Business, "The Crowning of Kakaako"

Comments: The most readable of all the entries, this article is well-sourced, providing a balanced, in-depth look at an issue filled with good context, interesting quotes and fun use of the language.


Jacy L. Youn, Hawaii Business, "Kauai in Crisis"

Teresa Dawson, Environment Hawai'i, "East Maui Taro Farmers May Receive Interim Relief from Water Diversion"

M2 Industry or Trade Reporting

First Place

Ronna Bolante, Heidi Chang, John Heckathorn, Michael Keany, Honolulu Magazine, "The Hawai'i Music Issue"

Comments: An in-depth, comprehensive and fun look at an entire industry including key players and future outlook.


David K. Choo, Hawaii Business, "X-forever"

A. Kam Napier, Honolulu Magazine, "The Condos are Coming!"

M3 Profile

First Place

Staff, Honolulu magazine, "The Honolulu 100"

Comments: For all of us who have ever had to conjure up a game plan for a City Centennial Package, this was an impressive collection of stories.


David Thompson, Hana Hou! Magazine, "In a Cosmic Groove"

Jacy L. Youn, Hawaii Business, "Best Case Scenario"

M4 Feature Writing/Short Form

First Place

Heidi Chang, Honolulu Magazine, "Keola Beamer's Aloha Camp"

Comments: Heidi Chang’s story offered another reminder of music’s magic, how it draws people back after the melody fades.


M5 Feature Writing/Long Form

First Place

Staff, Hawaii Business, "50 Hawai'i Icons"


Paul Wood, Hana Hou! Magazine, "The Great Seduction"

Ronna Bolante, Honolulu Magazine, "Soldier's Home"

Comments: What I knew about Hawaii could have been captured in three words: "Book ’em, Danno." Wait. That’s only 2 words. Now I have a much wider appreciation.

M6 Page Design

First Place

Darrell Ishii, Spirit of Aloha, "Naked Lava"


Jonathan Tanji, HMSA Island Scene, "Eating with one mind"


Jayson Harper, Honolulu Magazine, "The Hawai'i Soldier"

Comments: The starkness of the design is very appealing. Great use of color helps flow from hed to story. Elements are clean and beautiful.

M7 Magazine Cover

First Place

Jayson Harper, Honolulu Magazine, "The Crime that Changed the Islands"


Wes Funai, Hawaii Business, "Labor at a Crossroads"

Darrell Ishii, Karl Lehmann, Spirit of Aloha, "The Next Good Place (it’s out there somewhere)"

Comments: Clean cover touts the promise of new information about a legendary tale.

Non-Daily Newspapers

ND1 Business Reporting

First Place

Prabha Natarajan, Pacific Business News, "Tourism Industry Coverage"


Prabha Natarajan, Pacific Business News, "Airline Trustee Fees"

Kristen Consillio, Pacific Business News, "AdWorks Coverage"

Comments: Clear, concise writing. Dealing with subject matter and obtaining records/information on an area of business that can be nebulous in its lack of regulation.

ND2 General News/Enterprise

First Place

Kristen Consillio, Pacific Business News, "Bogus Pharmacy School"


Harold Nedd, Pacific Business News, "Why Michelle Wie may have to leave"

Harold Nedd, Pacific Business News, "Hawaii CEO Pay"

Comments: Very thorough; well written about complicated subject matter; issues are explored well; interesting investigative reporting.

ND3 Feature Writing

First Place

Harold Nedd, Pacific Business News, "Walter Dods in Retirement"


Cathy S. Cruz, Lance Tominaga, Downtown Planet, "Out of the Box"

Cathy S. Cruz, Downtown Planet, "Pets in the City"

Comments: Very insightful, informative and interesting. The writer really captured Dod’s lively lifestyle. Great use of wording and humor.

ND4 Community Reporting

First Place

Lance Tominaga, Downtown Planet, "They Just Want Your Love"


Lance Tominaga, Downtown Planet, "Something Special"

Comments: Writing captures the concerns of child abuse. Article is also very well researched. Really enjoyed the story of the wife and husband helping the two kids.

ND5 Page Design

First Place

Ruben Duldulao, Pacific Business News, "Front Page Sampling"

Open Print


Column Writing/News

First Place

June Watanabe, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Kokua Line"

Comments: "No fancy bells and whistles, just solid writing and reporting, addressing issues and needs of the readers. Very good public service."


Lee Cataluna, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Lee Cataluna"

Edwin Tanji, The Maui News, "Haku Moolelo"

P2 Column Writing/Features

First Place

A. Kam Napier, Honolulu Magazine, "Afterthoughts Column: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Visions"

Comments: "Saucy writing style. Fun opinions."


Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Soaring on Kauai"

David Choo, Downtown Planet, "Choo on This"

P3 Government Reporting

First Place

Richard Borreca, B.J. Reyes, Sally Apgar, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Battle for the Akaka Bill"

Comments: Thorough reporting and a balanced look at all sides of a bill in Congress to give federal recognition to native Hawaiians.


Malia Zimmerman, Hawaii Reporter, "Bill Mandating Taxpayers Subsidize Political Campaigns".

Alexandre Da Silva, The Associated Press, "Hawaii Conventions"

P4 Breaking News

First Place:

Staff, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Helicopter crash kills Hawaii Marines"

Comments: "The staff showed their resourcefulness, covering a story halfway across the globe and all its ramifications for local families."


Breaking News

Staff, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Kamehameha Schools ruling on John Doe admission"

Staff, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Peter Boy"

P5 Sports Reporting

First Place

Stu Dawrs, Hana Hou! Magazine, "Spin Junkies"


Paul Honda, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Waipahu Football Suspension"

Robert Collias, Dana McBratney, The Maui News, "Maui's Brightest Stars"

P6 Arts & Entertainment

First Place

Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Idolatry"

Comments: "This is a wonderful essay that casts 'American Idol" as musical Darwinism. Very thoughtful and sassy."


John Heckathorn, Honolulu Magazine, "The Perfect Dinner Date"

Rick Chatenever, The Maui News, "Hazard Warning"

P7 Editorial Opinion

First Place

Editorial Page Staff, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Akaka Bill deserves support"

Comments: Eloquent argument for an issue not everyone will agree with.


Cynthia Oi, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Exempting Council from Sunshine Law would blind public"

Patricia Tummons, Environment Hawai’i, "The Po'ouli: RIP"

P8 Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Dick Adair, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Bush’s home on the range"

Comments: Clever visual play on words completely summarizes the Cindy Sheehan situation.


Corky Trinidad, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "60th anniversary of North Korea"

Corky Trinidad, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "You're next, Iran!"

P9 Illustration

First Place:

Kip Aoki, Honolulu Star-Bulletin. "He’s Got Soul – Clay Aiken"

Comments: Delightful caricatures that are visually witty.


Nathalie Boutin, Spirit of Aloha, "The Happy Foods of Hawai‘i"

Jon Orque. The Honolulu Advertiser, "Heading off heartburn"

P10 Informational Graphic

First Place

John Valles, Greg Taylor, Martha Hernandez, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Hawaii Brought to Life"

Comments: Illustrations tell a complete story of the new science adventure story better than 1,000 words.


Bryant Fukutomi, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Hawaii's Coral Reef: Cradle of Life"

Dave Swann, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea"

P11 News Photography

First Place

FL Morris. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Accident"

Comments: The photo entry "Accident" was a great example of the photographer looking beyond the obvious and isolating an emotional bond between victims during a bus crash.


Dennis Oda, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Tourism-Conscious Wahiawa fights an ongoing battle with the homeless"

Richard Ambo, The Honolulu Advertiser, "5-car pileup snarls H-1"

P12 Feature Photography

First Place

Amanda Cowan, The Maui News, "Summer Fun"


Comments: "Timing is essential to good photography, especially action photos. The moment and energy captured in

"Summer Fun" made us cheer in delight.


Jeff Widener, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Ship has arrived"

Cindy Ellen Russell, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Singing praises at St. Andrew’s"

P13 Sports Photography

First Place

Jamm Aquino, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Hawaii 49, New Mexico State 28"

Comments: "First place entry caught the attention of the judges because of its unusual peak action and how well it

worked with the headline."


Matthew Thayer, The Maui News, "Stunner in the MIL"

George F. Lee, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "State Girls Soccer"

P14 Photo Essay

First Place

Cindy Ellen Russell, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Serena's Story"

Comments: A comprehensive collection of pictures giving great insight into the struggles of one woman’s efforts to

get back her life from drugs and prison.


Marco Garcia, Jayson Harper, Honolulu Magazine, "Tsunami: From Disaster to Renewal"

Sergio Goes, Hana Hou! Magazine, "Brasileiros!"

P15 Investigative Reporting

First Place

Jim Dooley, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Child Support"

Comments: Great investigative story told with all the elements, including voices of the victims.


Sean Hao, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Sandwich Isles"

Sally Apgar, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "City prosecutor's contracts questioned"

P16 Public Service

First Place:

Staff, The Honolulu Advertiser, "Are we ready? Disaster preparedness in Hawaii"

Comments: "A remarkably thorough series that anticipates about every possible disaster that could befall Hawaii, and what the master plan is."


Staff, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "Women of Hawaii"

Ilima Loomis, The Maui News, "Critical Delays"




R1 General News/Enterprise Reporting

First Place

Kayla Rosenfeld, Chad Blair, Noe Tanigawa, Hawaii Public Radio, "Being a Healthy Hawaiian"

Comments: Good range of voices. It really puts the listener there with you. A compelling take on a relevant subject.


Heidi Chang, William Troop, Public Radio International, "First Hawaiian Grammy"

R2 Feature Reporting

First Place

Al Hulsen, Hawaii Public Radio, "American Samoa"

Comments: Exhaustive take on a very broad topic. Covers a lot of ground without getting bogged down.


Noe Tanigawa, Hawaii Public Radio, "World War II: The Beginning and the End from a Hawaii Perspective"


S1 News Writing

First Place

Alice Kim, Ka Leo O Hawaii, "Bicycle theft common on campus grounds"

Comments:Good enterprise story idea. Appreciated the tips rail and theft statistics.


Alice Kim, Ka Leo O Hawaii, "UH site down for scheduled power outage"


T1 Government Reporting

First Place

Keoki Kerr, KITV, "Bev Harbin's Unpaid Taxes"

Comments: An interesting, well-documented piece. It suffers, however, for its lack of either voices of critics of her appointment (all we have is reaction) or a sense of why this is significant.

T3 General News/Enterprise Reporting

First Place

Gary Sprinkle, KITV, "Whale Disentangled"

Comments: A fascinating look at the real impacts of ocean pollution, and at the steps people are taking in response. Would have been better with actualities.


Louise Kim McCoy, KGMB, "Drugs in Whitmore Village"

T4 Feature Reporting

First Place

Gary Sprinkle, KITV, "Sophia's Challenge"

Comments: A heartwarming look at how much adaptive riding programs can mean to children with special needs.


Pamela Young, Gary Sprinkle, KITV, "How to Travel"

T5 Investigative Reporting

First Place

Keoki Kerr, KITV, "Medical Examiner Investigation"

Comments: KITV reporter Keoki Kerr went behind the surface of an employee dispute and found actions by a government agency that raised questions how it protects the most vulnerable of all – the dead.

T6 Series Reporting

First Place

Pamela Young, KITV, "Mixed Plate: Lion Olympics"

Comments: Pamela Young’s stories on young lion dancers helped her viewers see a different world from the ordinary – and the extraordinary talents of these artistic athletes.


Gary Sprinkle, KITV, "Deepwater Expedition"

T9 Special News Program

First Place

Pamela Young, KITV, "Mixed Plate: The Business of Fashion"

Comments: Pamela not only showed viewers what fashions to expect this year – she helped them understand how Asia is evolving from a producer of clothes to a new center for fashion innovation.

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