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the 2020 HSPJ Excellence in

Journalism Contest





Honolulu Civil Beat has again won the top prize in the annual contest of the Hawaii Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The series, titled "Black Market Babies," won the Public Service Reporting category in the 2019 Excellence in Journalism contest.

It was about illegal and exploitative adoptions involving birth mothers flown to the United States from the Marshall Islands.

The Louisville SPJ chapter once again judged the 2019 entries.

Each year, the Hawaii Professional Chapter swaps judging with another Society of Professional Journalists chapter. This year, the Louisville Chapter again judged the local contest.

In turn, these judges worked on the Louisville contest:

Anthony Bagnoli, Noelle Fujii-Oride, Joe Guinto, who judged a Hawaii Chapter's magazine category, Ben Gutierrez, Martha Hernandez, Carolyn Hyman, Kelsey Ige, Nancy Cook Lauer, Kristin Lipman, Stirling Morita, Jacquelyn Moy, Jayna Omaye, Cheryl Oncea, Steve Petranik, Peter Tang, Karen Watase, Shana Yoshinaga, Christi Young and Lucy Young-Oda.

ALL MEDIA
A101 Column Writing or Blog/News

First Place



"Sterling Higa," Sterling Higa, Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comments: "These thought-provoking stories used interesting personal anecdotes as a springboard into deeper universal topics."

Second Place
"Neal Milner," Neal Milner, Honolulu Civil Beat

Third Place
"The State of Aloha," Ben Lowenthal, Maui News

A102 Column Writing or Blog/Features or Sports
First Place




"Denby Fawcett," Denby Fawcett, Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comments: "Compelling writing and unique topics made these stories a true pleasure to read."

Second Place
"Wayfinding," Marcel Honore, Honolulu Civil Beat

Third Place
"Sharing Mana`o." Kathy Collins. Maui News

A103 Government Reporting
First Place:




"Why Is It So Hard To Fire Honolulu Police Sgt. Darren Cachola?" Nick Grube, Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comment: "Strong dive into a local government issue."

Second Place
"Short-Term Rental Owners Consider Options: Lease, Sell Or Leave It Vacant?" Christina Jedra, Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comment: "Nice look at the impact of local policies."

Third Place
"Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Paying This Obscure Consultant Big Bucks?" Nick Grube, Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comment: Nice job holding state leaders accountable.

A104 Breaking News Reporting
First Place:




"Mass Arrests As Mauna Kea Standoff Intensifies," Anita Hofschneider, Blaze Lovell, Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comment: "Encompassing coverage of a major breaking event.

Second Place
"Dozens arrested as Hawaiians protest $1.4 billion telescope on sacred mountain," Michelle Broder Van Dyke, Michelle Broder Van Dyke
Judge's Comment: "Appreciated how this was built for a reader not immediately familiar with the situation.

Third Place
"Dry brush fuels fire storm." Kehaulani Cerizo, Melissa Tanji, Lila Fujimoto, Robert Collias, Lee Imada, Maui News
Judge's Comment: "Bravo for covering a major event quickly."

A105 Health Reporting
First Place:




"When Delusions Steal Your Daughter" Brittany Lyte, April Estrellon Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comment: "Wow! This very personal story beautifully illustrates the problem of having an adult child with mental illness. Hats off to the writer, and the brave Mom who spent eight hours with the reporter for this story."

Second Place
"The CHANGE Report: Health in Hawaii" Beverly Creamer Hawaii Business
Judge's Comment: "Comprehensive look. Very well done."

Third Place
"Meth Deaths Soar in Hawaii Even As Opioids Grab Public Attention" Eleni Gill. Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comment: "Great stats and an easy-to-read and understand story about the less sexy drug problem -- meth."

A106 Science Reporting
First Place




"The CHANGE Report: Natural Environment" LiAnne Yu, Jeff Hawe, Ilima Loomis, Natalie Schack Hawaii Business
Judge's Comment: "Comprehensive story with great graphics. Examined a number of facets of the natural environment in its climate
change project. Great scope, and a good read."

Second Place
"Finally Tackling a Crappy Situation" Stuart Coleman Hawaii Business
Judge's Comment: A overlooked environmental topic which would make a good story in nearly every community.

Third Place
"First Lady of Limu, Dark Skies" Shannon Wianecki Shannon Wianecki
Judge's Comment: "Part science, part feature and just a good story."

A107 Data Journalism Story or Series
First Place:




"The CHANGE Report: Community & Economy" LiAnne Yu Hawaii Business
Judge's Comments: "Important work that uses data as a base to build onto with human characters."
Second Place
"9 Charts That Show How Hawaii Tourism Is Changing" Carlie Procell, Stewart Yerton Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comments: "Nice application of numbers to understand an issue. Liked the first graph especially -- clean and easy to understand."

Third Place
"10 Charts That Show The Struggle Of Being A Millennial In Hawaii" Anita Hofschneider, Carlie Procell Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comments: "Nice idea to compare Census data from different times to track change."

A108 Sports Reporting
First Place:




"Maui Little League has a guardian angel" Melissa Tanji Maui News
Judge's Comments: "About the first-place story: I enjoyed reading this piece. It was a great way to humanize the LLWS and make it a story people would want to read, particularly people who don't normally read about sports. This is a story that many can relate to -- it's a mom's story.
"I appreciated the angle; it was an angle others didn't take, and that's what made it special."

Second Place
"KSM girls roster includes transgender player" Robert Collias Maui News

Third Place
"Parent of CEMLL player apologizes for sending illegal bats to Williamsport" Robert Collias Maui News

A109 Arts/Entertainment Writing
First Place:




"The CHANGE Report: Arts and Culture in Hawaii" Noelle Fujii-Oride Hawaii Business
Judge's Comments: "A story about a shared humanity but a struggle to expand or maintain relevance is a lynch pin in solid arts and entertainment reporting. It's a struggle felt in each community across the globe yet so far, no one has come up with an answer on how to solve the ultimate dilemma. This article does a wonderful job of tracing the roots of the issues and highlight some improvements / changes that made bode well for the arts community in Hawaii. Vastly interesting."

Second Place
"A Journey of Ethnic Proportions" Jayna Omaye Honolulu Magazine
Judge's Comments: "A delightful behind-the-scenes look at why it's so important to preserve the cultural differences and traditions that make Hawaii such a unique place. Food is a universal language and it's easy to understand why keeping traditions alive through the belly matters to more than just your appetite."

Third Place
"Remembering Rap" Robbie Dingeman Honolulu Magazine
Judge's Comments: "Toggling back and forth between book excerpts and the sneak peek article is an interesting way to draw the readers attention. It gives just enough away to hook you into the full plot but leaves enough unanswered that you find yourself itching to read the whole story. A unique storytelling technique that could feel clunky yet works wonders in this piece. Well done."

A110 Editorial Opinion
First Place:




"Civil Beat Editorials" Civil Beat Editorial Board Honolulu Civil Beat

Judge's Comments: "This multi-story submission demonstrates extensive coverage of issues of concern to Hawaii residents."
Second Place
"Oversight Required for County Housing Office" Patricia Tummons Environment Hawai'i

Third Place
"Longline Fishers Need Better Regulation" Patricia Tummons Environment Hawai'i

A111 Editorial Cartoon/Illustration
First Place:




"The CHANGE Report: Natural Environment" Bryson Luke, Kelsey Ige Hawaii Business
Judge's Comments: "The original art complements this piece beautifully and enhances the work overall."

Second Place
"5 Steps" Drew Lytle, Shana Yoshinaga Hawaii Business

A112 Informational Graphic
First Place:




"The CHANGE Report: Natural Environment" Kelsey Ige Hawaii Business
Judge's Comments: "This infographic flows beautifully, with the words, illustrations and other graphics fitting together in a way that makes this 5-part story both readable and impactful. "

Second Place
"Finally Tackling a Crappy Situation" Amy Ngo Hawaii Business

A113 News Photography/Videography
First Place:




"Sherwood Forest protest" Cory Lum Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comments: "This arresting image transcends the nuance of the event it's depicting, speaking to us all on a broader level, near and far."

Second Place
"Dry brush fuels fire storm" Matthew Thayer Maui News

Third Place
"Sherwood Forest protest arrest" Cory Lum Honolulu Civil Beat

A114 Feature Photography/Videography
First Place:




"Dark Skies" Andrew Richard Hara Hana Hou!
Judge's Comments: "The top three winners in this category were neck and neck, but the expertise required to pull off these stunning photos pushed this package out ahead. A true work of art that also tells an important story."

Second Place<br> "Stone by Stone" PF Bentley Hana Hou!
Judge's Comments: "This package offered a lovely mix of images, and although the scenic shots are breathtaking, it was the candid photos of people that spoke to me. I was especially impressed by the composition of these photos."
Third Place
"The Waterman Eclectic" Michael Coots Hana Hou!
Judge's Comments: "Just wow! Kudos to the photographer for capturing such magnificent and thrilling action shots."

Competition Comments: "This was one of the most competitive categories I've ever had to judge! Such great talent from all submissions, not just the top three!"

A115 Sports Photography/Videography
First Place:




"Pride on the Gridiron" Connor Trimble Hana Hou!
Judge's Comments: "The photos from 'Pride on the Gridiron' captured action and emotion equally well. They drew the viewer into the event and made the viewer want to read the story. The photos complemented the story perfectly."

Second Place
"Big waves, epic wipeouts" Matthew Thayer Maui News

Third Place
"Maui Invitational Champions" Matthew Thayer Maui News
A116 Photo/Video Essay
First Place:




"Conflict on Mauna Kea 'Where it Stands' " Jonathan Saupe, Mahealani Richardson , Peter Tang, AJ Johnson Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "Incredible stills and video."

Second Place
"Dry brush fuels fire storm" Matthew Thayer, Robert Collias, Melissa Tanji Maui News
Judge's Comments: "Powerful art, clear shots in difficult moments."

Third Place
"SLIDESHOW: Inside Hawaii's Prisons And Jails" Cory Lum, Yoohyun Jung Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comments: Powerful art -- enjoyed the attention to details and lighting."

A117 Headlines
First Place:




"Hawaii Business Magazine Headlines" Steve Petranik, Jackie Young, Jeff Hawe, Stuart Coleman Hawaii Business
Judge's Comments: "Headline writing is an art -- nicely done. "

A118 Best Explanatory Journalism
First Place:




"Hawaii 2040" Civil Beat Staff Honolulu Civil Beat

Second Place
"Help Wanted: Teachers" Suevon Lee Honolulu Civil Beat
Third Place
"Finally Tackling a Crappy Situation" Stuart Coleman Hawaii Business
A119 Special Section
First Place:




"The CHANGE Report: Community & Economy" LiAnne Yu Hawaii Business
Judge's Comments: "Attention-grabbing writing and characters, plus beautiful design. Captivating report on a critical subject."

Second Place<br> "Buried Evidence: The Lisa Au Case" Lynn Kawano, Peter Tang, Tina Ludewig, Daryl Huff Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "Fascinating topic with strong pacing."

Third Place
"Restaurant Guide" HONOLULU Magazine Staff Honolulu Magazine
Judge's Comments: "Beautiful images and interesting design throughout."

A120 Investigative Reporting
First Place:




"A Nonprofit Honolulu Rehab Center Mixes Taxpayer Support With Lavish Pay" John Hill Honolulu Civil Beat

Judge's Comment: "A wild story that got more interesting with every paragraph."

Second Place
"Reeling It In" Nathan Eagle, Patti Epler Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comments: "Great work shining light on an opaque government agency."

Third Place
"Bad Intentions" Lynn Kawano, Peter Tang, Monet Sadural, Daryl Huff, Jared Apilado Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "Strong, impactful work."

A121 Best Independent Journalist (not supported by an organization)
First Place:




"Michelle Broder Van Dyke" Michelle Broder Van Dyke Michelle Broder Van Dyke

Second Place
"Shannon Wianecki" Shannon Wianecki Shannon Wianecki

A122 Public Service Reporting
First Place:




"Black Market Babies " John Hill Honolulu Civil Beat

Second Place
" 'The Calling' - Mauna Kea" Mahealani Richardson, Davis Pitner Hawaii News Now

Third Place
"Tourism's Tipping Point" Stewart Yerton, Brittany Lyte, Carlie Procell Honolulu Civil Beat

DAILY NEWSPAPERS

D101 Spot News Reporting
First Place:




"Dry brush fuels fire storm" Kehaulani Cerizo, Melissa Tanji, Lila Fujimoto, Robert Collias, Lee Imada Maui News
Judge's Comments: "The reporters and photographer expertly covered a dangerous situation. Not only did they provide a real service to readers, they did so in a clear and compelling way."

Second Place
"Hiker found alive" Kehaulani Cerizo, Lila Fujimoto, Colleen Uechi Maui News
Judge's Comments: "What a gripping story! The reporters told this breaking news story with a lot of heart, making the story a wonderful read."

D102 General News/Enterprise Reporting
First Place:
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'Disturbance' at MCCC resolved after 3 1/2 hours" Melissa Tanji, Lila Fujimoto, Lee Imada Maui News
Judge's Comments: "This entry reflects a true team effort to uncover a story that very easily could have gone untold. Reporters dug deeper, utilized sources and would not take no for an answer. This is what journalism is all about!"

Second Place
"Tensions hit tipping point at Molokai health center" Colleen Uechi Maui News
Judge's Comments: "The reporter sheds light on a situation that was negatively affecting staff and patients alike. Excellent work telling a complex story in a clear and compelling manner."

Third Place
"County paid for councilors to stay at Wailea hotel for HSAC" Colleen Uechi Maui News
Judge's Comments: "It's clear that a tremendous amount of reporting went into this unbelievable story."

D103 Feature Writing/Short Form
First Place:




"Return to 'Rip City': A conversation with childhood hero Schonely" Robert Collias Maui News
Judge's Comments: "This is a well-written column from an avid fan. This columnist balanced recollection with his own personal thoughts and experiences to make this a well-rounded slice of life column about a sports legend."

Second Place
"Maui Little League has a guardian angel" Melissa Tanji Maui News
Judge's Comments: "This story about a mom's struggle to parent her sons following her husband's death is set against the backdrop of a Little League World Series game, which puts a fresh spin on an old tale. The writing is clean and the author worked hard to avoid cliches; which can be difficult in this type of writing."

Third Place
"In Unified Basketball League, everyone gets a shot" Dakota Grossman Maui News
Judge's Comments: "Good use of quotes in this story, particularly for the student athletes, that emphasize the importance of inclusive behavior in the sports world. An interesting mix of daily features content that shines a light on how the ordinary can be extraordinary."

D104 Feature Writing/Long Form
First Place:




"In wake of Pearl Harbor, Maui braced for an attack" Colleen Uechi Maui News
Judge's Comments: "What an interesting way to weave a recollection into facts from such an iconic event in America's history. Baldwin is a strong, engaging character who helps the author weave a new version of a tale told over each year since 1941. The writing was clear, strong and powerful."

Second Place
"40 years later, mystery still surrounds the Sarah Joe and its five Hana fishermen who didn't return" Kehaulani Cerizo Maui News
Judge's Comments: "An intriguing mystery told through the memories and eyes of those whose lives were forever altered by the disappearance of the Sarah Joe. The use of storytelling in this piece made it stand out compared to other entries. Well done."

Third Place
"For former combat photographer, every day is Veterans Day" Terrie Eliker Maui News
Judge's Comments: "A heartwarming story about veterans. I love the quote at the end where she says she had to experience what she did to be able to relate to other veterans how she can. That's powerful. Nice photography with this package, as well."

Competition Comments: "All three entries were unique and well-written."

I101 Online News Reporting
First Place:




"Mauna Kea protests" Michelle Broder Van Dyke Michelle Broder Van Dyke
Judge's Comments: "Outstanding coverage of a delicate issue. It's clear from the stories provided that the author very much got to know the subjects and their cause. Both sides of this protest were presented very well."

Second Place
"Security Deposits Put Housing Out Of Reach For Some In Hawaii" Christina Jedra Honolulu Civil Beat

Third Place
"Beyond Hotels And Beaches: Can Hawaii Really Diversify Its Economy?" Stewart Yerton Honolulu Civil Beat

Competition Comment: "This was a difficult competition to judge as all the entries were very well written. Assigning a top three was an extremely tough decision."

I102 Online Feature Reporting
First Place:




"A Trip Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Sprawling, Embattled Compound in Hawaii" Michelle Broder Van Dyke Michelle Broder Van Dyke
Judge's Comments: "A winning first-person narrative that cracked open the mind and intrigue surrounding one of the richest tech magnets in the world. The embedded reporter wrote a compelling account of what Zuckerberg's compound represents and the amount of people she spoke to for the story is astounding. The photography is also impressive and adds an element of splendid, natural intrigue to the work."

Second Place
"Three Young Protesters, Three Different Paths To Mauna Kea" Blaze Lovell Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comments: "What a vibrant human-interest piece. Weaving this narrative together using the voices of three diverse, young protestors was wildly effective, giving the reader an inside look at how three different paths can all lead to the same destination. The on-the-ground access reporting was also illuminating, as were the images and use of quotes."

Third Place
"How An Accused Drug Dealer Became Key To The Biggest Corruption Case In Honolulu History" Nick Grube Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comments: "Public watchdog journalism at its best. An engaging, top notch criminal justice story that weaves together a tale of wrongdoing, criminal activity and corruption. A top-to-bottom read. This story is raw, gritty and full of truths. Well done."

Competition Comments: "Incredibly strong entries in this category. It was hard to narrow it to a top 3 as there were numerous articles worthy of an award."

I103 Best Multimedia Presentation
First Place:




"Pele's Path: The Journey Home " Jonathan Saupe, Ian Scheuring, Mary Vorsino Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "Amazing content. The documentary kept me interested in the subjects. And the fact that I could go online, read more and get additional insights about each subject really bolstered the storytelling. Great job."

Second Place
"Soldiering On" Jayna Omaye, Aaron K. Yoshino, Janelle Kalawe-Ching, Katie Kenny, James Nakamura Honolulu Magazine

Third Place
"Hawaii 2040" Civil Beat Staff Honolulu Civil Beat

I104 Best Overall News Site
First Place:




"Honolulu Civil Beat" Staff Honolulu Civil Beat
Judge's Comments: "Fantastic content throughout the site. The use of multimedia and interactive pages for special projects made the site stand out.

Second Place
"Pacific Business News" Janis Magin, Christina O'Connor, Megan Fernandes, Olivia Peterkin, Kelsey Kukaua Pacific Business News

Third Place
"HawaiiNewsNow.com" Ian Scheuring, Mary Vorsino, Scott Humber, Nicole Wilson Hawaii News Now

I105 Best 1-Person Online Features Site/1-Person Features Blog
First Place:




"The Cat Dish" Catherine Toth Fox Catherine Toth Fox
Judge's Comments: "Very well-written stories about the kind of daily life issues that all parents face. The writer has a great voice and produces very relatable content."

MAGAZINES

M101 Business Reporting
First Place:




"Tourism Reports" Noelle Fujii-Oride, Kathryn Drury Wagner Hawaii Business
Judge's Comments: "Great infographics that back up the article. I enjoyed how a solution was mapped out as you read the article. Good use of supplemental photos."

Second Place:
"Franchise Frenzy" Priscilla Perez Billig Trade Publishing

Third Place:
"Power to the People" Allan Parachini Hana Hou!

M102 Industry or Trade Reporting
First Place:




"Making Waves" Beau Flemister Hana Hou!
Judge's Comments: "I admit, I am not a surfer. But this article makes me want to take it up. I found your description of how the waves are created fascinating. You used multiple voices to round out the article giving the reader a chance to make up their own mind on artificial wave surfing."

Second Place:
"Little Shrimp in a Big Pond" Hunter Haskins Hana Hou!

Third Place:
"Keep Your Eye on the Law" Brett Alexander Estes Trade Publishing

M103 Profile
First Place:




"The Scout" DW Gibson Hana Hou!
Judge's Comments: "This profile is a wonderful look at the behind the scenes thought process a baseball scout makes. Its not just simply seeing a player in action and thinking, oh, that player is good. The profile not only details the methodical way a scout prepares to scout a player, but how the scout interacts with the player after the scouts sees the goods."

Second Place:
"Home Made" Kevin Allen HAWAI'I Magazine

Third Place:
"Remembering Rap" Robbie Dingeman Honolulu Magazine

M104 Feature Writing/Short Form
First Place:




"Pacifica on the Pitch" Larry Lieberman Hana Hou!
Judge's Comments: "I was immediately drawn in by the lead. Thank you for adding in some history of the sport. As a fan of soccer, I can appreciate crowd behavior. I loved your description of the crowd's collective, empathetic grunts echo every major impact. It made me feel like I was there. I very much enjoyed how the article highlights the efforts of Pacific islanders. Wonderful use of photos."

Second Place
"Mad About Mu'umu'u Catherine Toth Fox HAWAI'I Magazine

Third Place
"String Band Revival" Nate Chinen Hana Hou!

M105 Feature Writing/Long Form
First Place




"Wild Ride" Catharine Lo Griffin Hana Hou!
Judge's Comments: "This profile is a wonderful story of grit and determination. The story not only goes into the odyssey itself, but it also dives into why someone would put themselves through so much physical exhaustion and mental fatigue. Wonderful use of photos that helped highlight the adventure of the R2AK race."

Second Place
"The CHANGE Report: Community & Economy" LiAnne Yu, Steve Petranik Hawaii Business

Third Place
"In Transition: Hawaii's Transgender Teens" Cynthia Wessendorf Honolulu Magazine

M106 Body of Work- Single Writer
First Place




"Body of Work: Noelle Fujii" Noelle Fujii-Oride Hawaii Business
Judge's Comments: "Not afraid to tackle any story idea with the same universal in-depth treatment. The reporting is backed up by a solid use of photos, infographics, and data."

Second Place<br> "On the Path of the Gods, The Torchbearer, The Allure of Ulana, Stone by Stone, Brotherhood of the Ukulele" Shannon Wianecki Hana Hou!

Third Place
"Don Wallace" Don Wallace Honolulu Magazine

M107 Overall Page Design
First Place




"Hawaii Business Magazine" Kelsey Ige, Amy Ngo, Shana Yoshinaga, Sumie Nagatani-Rivas Hawaii Business
Judge's Comments: "Fantastic design, style and teamwork on these solidly designed issues. Many of the design themes explored in each centerpiece is daring, interesting and consistent. The influence of Barbara Kruger's graphic design work is not lost from the cover story on sexual harassment. Quite poetic, since Kruger's art style was appropriated by Supreme, a skateboarding company whose products can be argued to be geared toward the male consumer. The Hawaiian home lands centerpiece is visually eye catching. To see a wall of names as the main art is so shocking and very daring. Your team has done an amazing job. Congrats!"

Second Place
"February, May, December" Christine Labrador, Janelle Kalawe-Ching, Louis Scheer, James Nakamura, Shelley Shiroma Honolulu Magazine
Judge's Comments: "The aesthetic approach on very down-to-earth subject matters (small homes, veterans, podcasts, Olympic surfers) is absolutely beautiful. Your team of amazing designers are showcasing the fantastic talent of Honolulu Magazine's photographers, writers and editors. Such talent knows their aesthetic strengths and shows little weaknesses"

Third Place
"Chain Reaction" Ursula Da Silva Trade Publishing
Judge's Comments: "Very good standard layout. It would have been beneficial if three issues were submitted. But strong design ethics shows the great talent behind this entry. Would love to see more next year!"

Competition Comments: "It was such a close contest. I honestly feel each has amazing talents and nearly impossible to come to a decision."
M108 Best Single Feature Layout
First Place



"Molten" Kunio Hayashi Hana Hou!
Judge's Comments: "Simply wow! The photos were stunning and the text accompanying them was intriguing and educational. I never knew a lava flow could cause its own weather once it hits the ocean. The feature added a layer of information you normally cannot get on the evening news here in the mainland."
Second Place
"Safus Up!" Kunio Hayashi, Ben Weller Hana Hou!

Third Place
"Stone by Stone" Kunio Hayashi Hana Hou!

M109 Magazine Cover
First Place:




"Hana Hou! Height of Uncertainty Cover" PF Bentley Hana Hou!
Judge's Comments: "Amazing use of light and color. Clean and simple design that allows the image to speak to the beauty of the region."
Second Place
"Artificial Aloha?" Davin Iyamatsu Trade Publishing
Third Place
"September" James Nakamura Honolulu Magazine

NEWSPAPERS

N101 Business Reporting
First Place




"Finding the Right Balance" Christina O'Connor Pacific Business News
Judge's Comments: "This story does an excellent job exploring an important local issue: The balance between a thriving tourism industry and the community of residents who call Hawaii home. At the same time, it introduces us to a key decision maker in that realm and provides great insights on his motivations. Great work."

Second Place:
"Ala Moana Dental fills gap in servicing customers" Megan Fernandes Pacific Business News

N102 News Page Design
First Place




"Science, Interrupted" Gary Saito Pacific Business News
Judge's Comments: "An eye-catching front page leads into a package that utilizes photos and breakouts to help tell the story. The layout is clean, compelling and makes me want to keep reading all the way till the end."

Second Place
"Scary Good Business" Gary Saito Pacific Business News
Judge's Comments: "What a fun design! Great photo choices and a nice, clean layout."

Third Place
"The Business of Pride" Gary Saito Pacific Business News
Judge's Comments: "The photo and headline on the front page make me want to read this package and I especially love the use of the rainbow throughout!"

NON-DAILY NEWSPAPER

ND102 Feature Writing
First Place




"Reader's Refuge: Inside Kauai's last independent bookstore" Olivia Peterkin Pacific Business News Judge's Comments: "Some great quotes and info about the colorful beginning of this bookstore and how the owner is successfully navigating the digital age. Sounds like a great place to buy a book!"
Second Place
"Man with a Mission" A. Kam Napier Pacific Business News

ND103 Community Reporting
First Place




"Building a Haven" Janis Magin Pacific Business News
Judge's Comments: "A comprehensive look at efforts to create a healing community for young victims of sex trafficking. Well written and thorough."

STUDENT WRITING

S101 Student News Reporting in Any Media
First Place




"Written in the Stars" Eunica Escalante University of Hawaii
Judge's Comments: "The video was polished and informative. Great choices in background and transition music. The video editing was smooth and purposeful. It is what the industry has come to expect. The accompanying article was a wonderful look behind the curtain at how the process in naming an asteroid works. Stellar job!"

Second Place
"The Changing Nature of Grades" Alisha Churma, Stephanie Wang 'Iolani

Third Place
"Innovative Healthcare" Tyne Phillips University of Hawaii

S102 Student Feature Reporting in Any Media
First Place




"Lead by Faith" Tracy Kim University of Hawaii
Judge's Comments: "Informative video interview and accompanying article. You brought to light to a topic that is not spoken of often in todays polarized and electronic society, religious books and how they still can play an important role in the world today. I loved how you presented your interesting information facts. It wasnt just a simple pull quote."

Second Place
"Suicide Awareness" Carina Nocon University of Hawaii
Third Place
"Hawaii Youth Strikes Back" Chavonnie Ramos University of Hawaii

S103 Student Spot News in Any Media
First Place




"Sinking the sinkhole in Kailua" Kirsten Sibley University of Hawaii Judge's Comments: "Simply put, I feel this is an NPR worthy news story. It was to the point and factual. The cadence and tone of the reporter was perfect for any listener to hear."

Second Place
"A DeTour of Hawaii" Ashley Adriano, Mara Mahoney University of Hawaii

Third Place
"Firearms in Films" Kirsten Sibley University of Hawaii

S104 Student Investigative Reporting in Any Media
First Place<
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"Crime Cameras in Waikiki" Clarissa Gonzales, Mark Anthony Ladao , Tyne Phillips University of Hawaii
Judge's Comments: "Solid article about a topic that is not always a popular, public safety and how to maintain it. The article contains easy to understand facts and data. Great use of pull quotes and embedded interview videos."

Second Place
"Hale Mahana residents say mold caused problems" Geneva Diaz Ka Leo O Hawaii

Third Place
"Sea Burials; an affordable and eco-friendly alternative for families in Hawaii" Adara Pineda University of Hawaii

S105 Student Video News
First Place




"RECAP: Day One of TMT construction near Maunakea" Shafkat Anowar, Chavonnie Ramos Ka Leo O Hawaii
Judge's Comments: "Brilliant reporting and wonderful video. I was immersed and invested in the cause from the opening scene. The accompanying test throughout the video was engaging and purposeful. The editing throughout was well executed and it stuck to the story of their plight."

Second Place
"DACA Dreamers" Keila Lee University of Hawaii

Third Place
"Red Flag Law" Ronnie Allen Campman University of Hawaii

S106 Student Photography
First Place




"Greatest Carnival in Hawaii" Sofia Luczak University of Hawaii
Judge's Comments: "Captured the nighttime color and frivolity of the carnival. Every image says family fun in paradise."

Second Place
"Chinatown" Liam Thropp University of Hawaii

Third Place
"Honi between HFD Captain Ocean Kaowili and King Kamehameha" Adrien Ace Ka Leo O Hawaii

S107 Best Multimedia Presentation
First Place




"The Full Scope of Your Plastic Usage" Liam Thropp University of Hawaii
Judge's Comments: "The story was simple, emotional, and authentic. Good use of segments from news sources and natural sounds."

Second Place
"The Pacific Voices Program" Mara Mahoney University of Hawaii

Third Place
"Art and Science Collide in Newly Restored Monolith" Shannon Manamtam University of Hawaii

S108 Informational Graphics
First Place




"Trash Talk: UH staff and activists move away from disposable waste" Alisha Churma University of Hawaii
Judge's Comments: "Clear to understand graphic that not only points out the issue, but gives a possible solution."

Second Place
"Hawaii Dodges Measles" Katie Boon University of Hawaii

Third Place
"Pawn Shops Decline on Oahu" Cassie Ordonio, Lindsay Rees , Sophia Compton, Christian Navarro University of Hawaii

T101 General News/Enterprise Reporting
First Place




"Waikiki Night Outreach" Allyson Blair, Jon Suyat Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "Another well-done piece on the downtrodden and vulnerable population in your area, and most importantly, the outreach workers who do a really thankless job. Well-paced and very visual."
Second Place
"Honolulu School Goes Green with Cafeteria Shift" Mahealani Richardson, Peter Tang Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "Loved the stand-up with the scale and trash can."
Third Place
"A new raised crosswalk is slowing down traffic on Kalihi Street (as planned)" Ben Gutierrez, Peter Tang Hawaii News Now

T102 Feature Reporting
First Place




"Great-Grandma Celebrates 91 Years By Skydiving" Mahealani Richardson, Jon Suyat Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "You had me 'skydiving grandma.' A very well-executed piece with the shots from the plane and of the landing. And, the granddaughter's 'We were like, Oh, grandma's going skydiving again'... what a soundbite! I bet you knew you were using that when she said it."

Second Place
"WWII fallen at Punchbowl eulogized by high school students who learned about them" Ben Gutierrez, Davis Pitner Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "A nice piece on forgotten heroes."

T103 Spot News Reporting
First Place




"Samoa Measles Outbreak" Allyson Blair, Davis Pitner Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "A rich piece on a quick turnaround. Lots of nat sound and interviews. It kept my interest."

Second Place
"A new raised crosswalk is slowing down traffic on Kalihi Street (as planned)" Ben Gutierrez, Peter Tang Hawaii News Now

T104 Investigative Reporting
First Place:




"Innocence Lost" Lynn Kawano, Peter Tang, Monet Sadural, Daryl Huff Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "A thorough special report on a sad miscarriage of justice, and there was a big payoff when you had the shots of the dismissal with prejudice and Dural's tears. I liked all the elements except the anonymity for the accuser's mother."

Second Place
"CBD: Dangerous Interactions" Allyson Blair, Jon Suyat Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "Great idea to get the CBD samples tested. This story was a public service to your consumers."

T105 Series Reporting/Documentary/Special News
First Place




"Prescribing Hope: Trapped on the Streets" Allyson Blair, Joey Kirstine, Jon Suyat, Monet Sadural Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "It takes extraordinary persistence and empathy for a journalist to stick with a subject over the long-term like Allyson Blair has stuck with this subject. We all know how short our attention spans are in this business, and how fast the news cycle moves on to the next new thing. Ms. Blair's commitment to seeing people that most everyone else finds convenient to ignore really paid off in this piece. I was touched by the reunification of Jeanette and her sister. Every one of these people stuck alone on the streets was once someone's baby or sibling or family member. Ms. Blair's work helps us remember that."

Second Place
"Imelda & Ferdinand: Exile in Hawaii" Jonathan Saupe Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "A fascinating story that made great use of copious archival footage. Congrats on this ambitious project.

Third Place:
"Pele's Path: The Journey Home" Jonathan Saupe, Ian Scheuring Hawaii News Now
Judge's Comments: "Beautifully shot and well-paced piece that is faithful to these peoples' stories. The portrait photos of each person with a description of their story was also a nice touch."

Competition Comments: "I would like all the journalists in this competition to know how extraordinarily difficult it was to choose among this very strong and extremely diverse set of entries. We had four completely different subjects in different lengths and formats. In the end, the decision came down to the scope of the journalistic challenge and the elements of execution."