The Mainland judges of HPA, a nonprofit media organization that promotes the print publishing industry in Hawai‘i, said very nice things about us.
“Maui Weekly continues to do an outstanding job of bringing the news of the island in a community newspaper fashion. The publication is written in a way that it appeals to locals as well as tourists, including local news, things to do and advertising that serves the needs of locals and travelers.”
HPA judges described the Maui Weekly as “an eclectic tabloid that does a nice job of reaching out in every direction to its Maui readers. Columns, calendars, comics, Q-and-A features, tips for vacationers, government coverage—it’s all here. Snappy design, nice use of color. A fun community weekly that’s thorough and user-friendly.”
The judges also appreciate our people-focused stories, which “mix soft and straight news stories to feed a variety of reader interests, including arts and lifestyle pieces.”
This is our fifth award from the association and our first first-place finish. We have won three previous second-place Pa‘i Awards in the same category, as well as a third-place award with publications such as Pacific Business News and the Honolulu Weekly edging us out of first place in many of the previous years.
So, once again I would like to thank the intrepid staff, columnists and freelance writers and photographers, who, through fire, rain, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunami, power outages, in sickness and in health (and during perfect surfing conditions), contribute to the production of this publication each and every week. No matter what.
We are pleased that the publishing association recognized our positive contributions to the community. But, of course, we owe our success to our Maui Weekly readers and stalwart advertisers. We may be fun, friendly, snappy and even outstanding, but it’s not really about us at all—it’s all about you. We appreciate your continuing support of our humble community newspaper.
Mahalo to you all. Please let us know how we can continue to improve the Maui Weekly and what we can do to help make Maui even better.