“This is a great day for the
Oahu Island News. As the new publisher I have worked very hard to
create a high quality newspaper,” said Oahu Island News publisher
Kelly Wilden. “It’s a nice feeling to be recognized in the
company of our newspaper peers and colleagues.”
“Layout and design is very nice. Good use of white space. Articles
are engaging and entertaining.”
eligible for the Pa’i award, the Oahu Island News had to submit
three complete issues of the newspaper. “It is very rewarding to
know that we were able to create an award winning newspaper in only
our first three issues,” said Oahu Island News editor John Baer.
made some great changes to the newspaper. He has incorporated the
front-page picture with the front-page story. In the past, the two
had no relevance to each other. This change has really made a
difference in the overall look and feel of the paper,” Wilden
The newspaper has
changed in others ways too, “We now have a monthly book review,
restaurant review, crossword puzzle, comprehensive events calendar
and many pictures from local events and activities,” said John
Wilden and John Baer became owners of the Oahu Island News in
September 2002. Kelly
and John have
been business partners for the past 4 years and bring many years of
experience to the newspaper.
as the editor, John is responsible for all editorial and
photographic content in the newspaper. Prior to becoming editor of
the Oahu Island News he worked at various newspapers and news
organizations throughout the country, and his work as a photographer
has taken him from Maine to Hawaii, and nearly every state in
job of publisher is nothing new for Kelly as she has been
working in marketing and sales for the past 10 years. Along with her
duties as publisher, she is also responsible for the sales and
marketing of the paper.
Pa'i Award winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at the
Hilton Hawaiian Village on Thursday, April 24, 2003. The Best
Non-daily Newspaper award was based on the following criteria:
quality and completeness of editorial coverage; design, layout and
photography; and relevance to the community or group it is serving.
All Hawaiian weekly, bi-weekly or monthly newspapers within the
organization were eligible to apply for this award.