By The Way
is the first issue of Oahu Island News produced since we received our
third-place award for excellence for non-daily newspapers from the Hawaii
Publishers Association. Only the Pacific Business News and the Lahaina News
bested us. No other Oahu-based, non-daily newspaper was so honored and we are
proud of our achievement.
taking over the paper last summer, we’ve made a few changes but kept most
things the same. We are still at 28,000 copies a month, still distributed free
all over the island and still found in nearly every Starbucks.
this will soon change (not Starbucks, though) as we investigate strategies to
double or even triple our circulation via new distribution methodologies, and we
hope to add more pages as advertisers take flight to quality. If you are a
potential advertiser, call me and let’s talk story.
now, we are adding new distribution points. If you’d like to get the paper
closer to home or work, let us know and we will do what we can to accommodate
you. If you know a place where others have wire racks, and we don’t, let us
are the Oahu’s last island-wide community paper. We need your help to
flourish. We are here for you. We are your community paper.
are now available for Oahu charities interested in receiving funds from the
upcoming May 21 Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Assn. Visitor Industry Charity Walk.
Applications must be received by May 31. Last year, with more than 11,000
walkers, the Charity Walk raised nearly $1 million statewide. Interested
charities should call Tina Garcia at 923-0407.
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Hawaii Dodge Chrysler Jeep Dealers Association donated a $10,000 check to the
Armed Services YMCA earmarked for families needing to travel and visit Kaneohe
Marines injured in combat. Dodge Chrysler Jeep Dealers throughout Hawaii donated
$25 for every new car sold from November 26 through New Year’s Day, 2005. The
news of the fund drive during the holiday season sparked an additional $20,000
worth of donations from outside contributions as well.
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Grill & Bar, Waikiki’s retro South Pacific-style restaurant, made
donations totaling $3,750 to two non-profit organizations. The restaurant also
helped raise more than $25,000 in pledges for PBS Hawaii. $3,000 went to the
Hawaii Red Cross from the restaurant’s proceeds by participating in the
non-profit organization’s “Hats Off” Restaurant Day.
Pacific University’s assistant director of International Admissions Gui
Albieri, and professor of Travel Industry Management Dr. Jerry Agrusa, have been
asked to submit a paper for publication in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social
Sustainability. Mr. Albieri and Dr. Agrusa presented their paper on
sustainable tourism. The paper outlines the research case study of a fishing
village in northeast Brazil, which adopted the “bottom-up approach” to
tourism development. The results of the research paper demonstrated how, by
allowing the local population to have input in the way tourism is implemented in
the area, the results of the tourism system are sustainable.
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nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting wildlife is
honoring George Balazs with its National Conservation Achievement Award for
exemplary leadership in protecting wildlife and natural resources. George
received his award for special achievement from the National Wildlife Federation
at the organization’s annual meeting in the nation’s capital on March 31.
an Oahu-based NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Protected Species
biologist, George devoted his entire 34-year career to recovery of the Hawaiian
green sea turtle. He played a major role in getting the species added to the
Endangered Species List in 1978, and then led efforts in subsequent years to
uncover new information about the reptiles’ biology and to educate the people
of Hawaii about the islands’ sea turtle heritage.
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Co-ed Cheerleading team has made Hawaii history, winning the National
Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Championships for the third year in a row.
The HPU Small Co-ed Cheer team also won first place, as did HPU’s mascot,
Sharkey the Sea Warrior.
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Lance Suzuki, a high school economics teacher at Maryknoll
School, Honolulu, has won a $10,000 prize for being named the western regional
finalist for the 2005 NASDAQ National Teaching Awards. The western region for
which Suzuki won the teachers award includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho,
Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as well as Hawaii.