With all the important news about South Maui in the Maui Weekly, I haven't taken the time or ink to share our good news.
The Hawai'i Publishers Association (HPA) awarded the Maui Weekly its own version of a bronze medal (a third place honorable mention) in the Non-Daily Newspaper Excellence category just behind Pacific Business News (first place) and the Honolulu Weekly (second).
At the awards ceremony, HPA judges described the Maui Weekly as a tabloid that's "clearly focused on offering a broad range of content to readers, from government to entertainment; from fashion to sports." The publication has good design, they said, and "almost all locally produced content."
Further, they said the Maui Weekly is "a publication that Maui residents no doubt cannot do without."
This is our sixth award from the association, and the Mainland judges of HPA, a nonprofit media organization that promotes the print publishing industry in Hawai'i, have said many nice things about us over the years.
"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."
The Maui Weekly is "an eclectic tabloid that does a nice job of reaching out in every direction to its Maui readers. 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."
So, once again I would like to thank the intrepid staff, columnists, and freelance writers and photographers, who contribute to the production of this publication each and every week.
We are pleased that the publishing association recognized our positive contributions to the community. But, of course, we owe our success to our readers and stalwart advertisers. It's not really about us at all--it's all about you--and we appreciate your continuing support of this 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.
Call me at 875-1700, ext.12, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.