Since then, many were awarded their “15 minutes of fame.”
The Maui Weekly makes a special effort to focus on the positive in feature stories throughout the year. And since 2004, we have honored the outstanding people of Maui in our end-of-year issue—not because it’s “a slow news day,” but because there are so many extraordinary people on our island. We are honored to honor them.
These people may be in the business of saving lives, serving as stewards of our island environment, improving the plight of those in need or contributing to our community in some other way—directly or indirectly. He or she may be a humble role model, a community leader, a volunteer—someone who embodies philanthropy in its truest form and serves the public interest at any level. They may be people who give, but don’t expect anything in return... and usually receive nothing, but whose motives and actions are an inspiration to us all.
Debra Lordan · Editor/General Manager
The Maui Weekly will feature its annual stories about Maui’s people, hui and unsung heroes of the year in the last issue of 2009, and we would like your help.
Person of the Year nominations should focus on the one person on Maui who has made an important contribution to our island community.
Unsung Hero nominees may not be well-known by the general public because they are people who contribute behind the scenes, working tirelessly, without recognition, making a positive impact on our community.
Hui of the Year nominations should include those nonprofit organizations whose mission and accomplishments are vital to Maui.
If you know of a person or group with these attributes—an outstanding citizen, an unsung hero, or a hui of heroes, now is your chance to focus on the positive so we can share their stories with Maui Weekly readers.
Email your nominations by Monday, Dec. 7, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Type “Person of Year,” “Hui of the Year” or “Unsung Hero of the Year” in the subject line. It is crucial that those submitting nominations also send a high-resolution photo of the nominee or nominees by Dec. 8.
Share some good news at the end of 2009, and celebrate these special people for what they have contributed—and continue to contribute—to Maui. Nominate them. Honor them. Thank them. Help them to serve as an inspiration for others.
They may not go looking for a big pat on the back, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve one.