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2010 Society of Professional Journalists awards

June 29th, 2011
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Journalists from around the state were recognized over the weekend during the annual Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter awards dinner. The entries for the 2010 Excellence in Journalism Awards are from the previous calendar year and are judged in different media categories (print, magazine, internet, daily and non daily newspaper, TV). To remove the bias, chapters judge each other's entries, so this year the Hawaii Chapter entries were judged by the Greater Oregon Chapter. (Similar procedure for the Emmys.)

Diane and Tracy

Diane and Tracy

On Friday night, dozens of journalists met at the Japanese Cultural Center's Manoa Grand Ballroom to attend the ceremony. It's always a pleasant time, and I like to see my old colleagues. I miss being around funny and witty newspeople. (Before you read into anything, please know that I LOVE my current job at Halekulani. LOVE!)

Robbie and Keoki

Robbie and Keoki

Robbie Dingeman (formerly of the Honolulu Advertiser) and Keoki Kerr of KITV seems to always emcee. Garett Kamemoto, my former KHNL assignment editor, edits the video reel showing the winner's work. Chapter president Stirling Morita of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser takes on the mammoth task of organizing the affair and handing out the awards.

Garett and Diane

Garett and Diane

Christine and Violet (Tracy's girlfriend and mom)

Christine and Violet (Tracy's girlfriend and mom)

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

KITV's Darryl Huff won two first place awards, which is a fitting end to a multi-decade career in news. The night of the banquet (June 24) was Darryl's last night at the station; he's moving to a new job and a new industry. KITV has lost two excellent, veteran reporters within the past year, as Denby Fawcett retired recently. The well-liked Denby also came to the dinner, and it was great to see her, as always.

Darryl Huff and Diane

Darryl Huff and Diane

This year, as we did last year, I showed up with my friend and partner Tracy Arakaki. In a different year I would have called him my photographer, but he really is so much more: photographer, editor, grahics artist, co-producer. We brought our associated family members- his mom and girlfriend, my husband and parents.

I need to thank my dad, especially, for sticking it out. He was quite ill and still wanted to come to support and see me hopefully win something. I told him to stay home and rest, but he was so sweet about it. (He's well now.)

Tracy and I submitted one story. One is all we had time to work on in 2010 as we have real "day jobs" (well- for most of 2010 I was an extremely tired stay-at-home mom which is way more consuming than a 40-hour-a-week job!) though we continue to try to produce high-grade video stories at least once a year due to our love and passion for storytelling.

I have and will always love journalism; I love writing, which is why I enjoy blogging. I love finding and sharing interesting stories to enterain people. If the topic is about safety, I like to help educate people about an important issue to keep communities that much safer and healthier. I love learning new things in the process. I think it's safe to say Tracy agrees, because we're both committed to this as just a hobby!

Our story about pregnant pro-surfer Crystal Dzigas won two first place awards, for Column Writing or Blog/Features or Sports, and Videography. The judges are notoriously sparse with their written comments (I'm sure it's that they are judging so many entries), but we are proud that they said this: "Beautifully shot and creatively put together profile. Loved the surfboard cam and beauty shots. One of the best videography entries these judges have seen in years."

The story took a long time to put together and required many different shoots and different cameras (and for me, a lot of babysitter support.) We had a limited time to work around since I decided to feature Crystal when she was seven months pregnant, and one never knows when a woman will go into labor, so we put the shoot schedule on the fast track. It probably took a month's worth of shooting in and out of the water, with help from Anthony Walsh, Taires Hiranaka, and Chris McDonough. Water shoots are difficult!

Crystal could only catch small waves at that point, and the waves break in sets with many minutes in between. There were other people fighting for the wave, so she did not make every one. She also got tired after an hour. This means a one hour session captured perhaps one useable eight second clip.

After capturing the video, which was on several different formats, we had to wait while another friend converted it for us. Friend= free= waiting. Then I had to go to Tracy's production studio to log the tape and view the footage (a reporter needs to write to the pictures).

It took more time for me to write the story, return to Tracy's studio to voice the track, and him to create graphics and edit it. In all, it took three months.

Viewed in that context, the recognition is very, very sweet for us. Thank you, judges.

Tracy and I are also truly grateful to Crystal for letting us share her story and trusting us with getting it right, to Anthony for his help with some videography, and to both of them for kindly giving of their time.

KHON's Olena Heu and Diane

KHON's Olena Heu and Diane

KHON's Andrew Pereira and Brianne Randle

KHON's Andrew Pereira and Brianne Randle

 

Of the 354 entries this year, the winners and finalists are:

ALL MEDIA

A101
Column Writing or Blog/News

First Place
"Hey There, Mr. New Media Guy"
Ilima Loomis
Maui News

Finalists
"Three Deputies Give New Meaning to the Term Shield Law"
John Temple
Honolulu Civil Beat

"If You Can't Stand the Heat"
John Heckathorn
Honolulu Magazine

A201
Column Writing or Blog/Features or Sports
First Place
"Pro surfer grabs attention for different reasons"
Diane Ako, Tracy Arakaki, Anthony Walsh, Taires Hiranaka, Chris McDonough
Staradvertiser.com

Finalists
"Hawaii Dive-O: A Revisionist View of the Beloved Cop Show"
Chad Blair
Honolulu Civil Beat

"Diamond Head Tennis Center gets some long-awaited TLC"
Barb Hanson Forsyth
Hawaii Independent

A301
Government Reporting

First Place
"Civil Beat Conclusion: Honolulu Rail Report 'Shoddy,' 'Biased' - and Right?"
Michael Levine
Honolulu Civil Beat

Finalists
"Tough Love"
Tiffany Hill
Honolulu Magazine

"Exclusive: Federal Contract Preferences - A Boon For Native Hawaiian-Owned Companies"
Jim Dooley
Hawaii Reporter

A401
Breaking News Reporting
First Place
"Human Trafficking Indictment"
Keoki Kerr
KITV
Comments: Stellar coverage, from background coverage to the breaking the sting followed by the surrender.

Finalists:
"November General Election
Civil Beat staff
Honolulu Civil Beat
Comments: Amazing use of live blogging, followed by informative pieces on what the results will mean.

"Civil unions veto"
Civil Beat staff
Honolulu Civil Beat

A501
Health Reporting
First Place
"Caught In Between"
Jana Wolff
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: Good mixture of statistics and examples. Interesting to read.

Finalists
"Aloha Stadium Food Booths Go 2+ Years With No Inspections"
Keoki Kerr
KITV

"The Pursuit of Pakalolo"
Tiffany Hill
Honolulu Magazine

A601
Sports Reporting
First Place
"Outside the Octagon"
Peter Serafin
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: Best sports feature among several very good ones. Very good writing in an excellent package.

Finalists
"UConn walks to title"
Matthew Carroll
Maui News
Comments: Best sports event reporting. This is what event reporting should be.

"Red-letter day"
Matthew Carroll
Maui News
Comments: Very good sports event reporting. I especially liked the lead and how it was supported during the remainder of the story.

General comment: "Most of these were very good sports stories, making it difficult to select the best. I found it especially tricky to choose between sports features and sports event reporting."

A701
Arts/Entertainment Reporting
First Place
"100 Years of Hawaiian Music"
Michael Keany
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: Very complete, makes you want to read more.

Finalists
"Can You Dig It?"
Michael Shapiro, Julia Steele, David Thompson
Hana Hou!
Comments: Really captures the flavor of the person.

"Photo op"
Rick Chatenever
Maui News

A801
Editorial

First Place
" Play courts over wages for workers? What's up?"
David Bock
Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Comments: This editorial was succinct, yet long enough to effectively call local government out. The editorial has a great mix of facts and voice.

Finalists
"From These Parts"
Kathryn Drury Wagner
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: This editorial addresses a touchy topic, but the writer was able to accomplish it gracefully. She eloquently raises the question, "What does 'local' look like?" drawing examples from her everyday life.

"Internet Press Vulnerable After WikiLeaks"
Civil Beat Editorial Board
Pierre Omidyar, Randy Ching, Sara Lin, John Temple
Honolulu Civil Beat
Comments: Great topic for an online paper to tackle. Raises important questions for both print and online journalists through the lens of the WikiLeaks "scandal."

A901
Editorial Cartoon/Illustration
First Place
"Night Ranger"
Leigh Morrison, Kunio Hayashi, Michael Furuya, Samuel Lee
Hana Hou!
Comments: Magnificent art.

Finalists
"The Smart Grid"
Andrew Catanzariti
Hawaii Business
Comments: Engaging, though not as detailed as one would like.

"The Awful Office"
Carlo Carbajal
Hawaii Business
Comments: Amusing.

A102
Informational Graphic
First Place
"The Smart Grid"
Andrew Catanzariti
Hawaii Business
Comments: Graphics and text compliment each other well to present a great informational graphic.

Finalists
"Tourism, Big Companies Lead Hawaii's Recovery, BOSS Survey"
Jen Tadaki Catanzariti
Hawaii Business
Comments: A ton of information presented clearly.

"Big Demands, Big Rewards"
Jen Tadaki Catanzariti
Hawaii Business
Comments: This graphic is visually appealing, but I do not see how it adds to the content information.

A202
News Photography
First Place
"Civil Unions"
Katherine Poythress
Honolulu Civil Beat
Comments: A good capture of an emotional moment.

Finalists
"Sister of soldier: 'He's Everybody's Hero' "
Amanda Cowan
Maui News
Comments: A good illustration of the family's pain.

"Storm batters container ship"
Richard Ambo
The Honolulu Advertiser
Comments: Technically proficient shot that illustrates the power of a storm.

A302
Feature Photography
First Place
"Victory"
John Hook
Honolulu Civil Beat
Comments: This picture tells a story of victory better than any I've judged this spring.

Finalists:
"Bugs in the System"
Olivier Koning
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: A very good and consistent illustration package.

"A glorious end to a day of fun at the beach"
Amanda Cowan
Maui News
Comments: Great sunset shot.

A402
Sports Photography
First Place
"The Ultimate Wave"
Leigh Morrison, Kunio Hayashi, Dana Edmunds, Samuel Lee, Michael Shapiro
Hana Hou!
Comments: Far and away the superior photography in this category.

Finalists
"Hilo, Waiakea all knotted up"
William Ing
Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Comments: A bit of clever visual wit; helpful to the headline desk.

"Kentucky's Terrence Jones soars for a dunk
Matthew Thayer
Maui News
Comments: Nice catch on the facial expression.

A502
Photo Essay
First Place
"Realm of Air and Water"
Wayne Levin, Kristin Lipman
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: The decision to use black-and-white heightens our understanding of how stark this place is.

Finalists
"Adventures in Coffeeland"
Leigh Morrison, Kunio Hayashi, Elyse Butler, Samuel Lee
Hana Hou!
Comments: Gorgeous process imagery.

Civil Unions: Photos of A Day of Drama
Katherine Poythress
Honolulu Civil Beat
Comments: A bit predictable in shot selection, but very strong capture of emotion.

General comments: "This was close, but the spareness of the wildlife photos gave them the edge."

A602
Special Section or Program
First Place
"Celebrate Hula - A guide to the 47th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival"
David Bock, Peter Sur, Meg Premo, William Ing, John Burnett
Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Finalists
"Tipoff: A preview of the EA Sports Maui Invitational"
Robert Collias, Brad Sherman, Matthew Carroll, Stefanie Nakasone, Bob Turner
Maui News

"Tsunami: 50 Years Later"
David Bock, Peter Sur, Meg Premo
Hawaii Tribune-Herald

A702
Investigative Reporting
First Place
"Aloun Farm Owners, Thai Labor Recruiter, Await Sentencing for Forced Labor Violations; Hawaii's Influential Government and Banking Officials Back Defendants in Court"
Malia Zimmerman
Hawaii Reporter

Finalists
"Road to Riches"
Nanea Kalani, Sara Lin
Honolulu Civil Beat,

Maui County Sewage Plants Pollute Waters at Popular Beaches
Patricia Tummons
Environment Hawai'i

A802
Public Service Reporting
First Place
"Road to Riches"
Nanea Kalani, Sara Lin
Honolulu Civil Beat
Comments: This was watchdog journalism at its finest. The heart of a good public service entry is taxpayer money and the "Roads to Riches" series was just that.

Finalists
"Monsanto's new Omega-3 soybean: Healthy or hazardous?"
Samson Reiny
Hawaii Independent
Comments: After reading this, I imagine many readers wanted to go out and plant a garden of their own, if only they knew the right seeds to use. The author did a great job explaining a very science-oriented topic in laymen's terms.

"Civil Beat Conclusion: Honolulu Rail Report 'Shoddy,' 'Biased' - and Right?"
Michael Levine
Honolulu Civil Beat
Comments: This series illustrated the problems a railway would bring to Hawaii. After reading this, I'm convinced that the Civil Beat did more legwork to answering the tough questions of funding and logistics than the people in charge of putting a railway in.

General comments: There was not a lack of talent in this category. To tally up the amount of research time spent on this category would leave you with an inaccurate number, because it would not be high enough. Kudos to the standout journalists of Hawaii. This category exemplified the journalistic talent that your state has.

DAILY NEWSPAPER

D101
Spot News Reporting
First Place
"Wife stabbed on Bayfront"
John Burnett
Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Finalists
"Maui calm as waves roll in"
Staff
Maui News

"Island 'Dodged a Bullet' - Tsunami reaches Hawaii's waters"
Staff
Hawaii Tribune-Herald,

D201
General News/Enterprise Reporting
First Place
"Hawaii's infested wiliwili trees being rescued by African wasp"
Robbie Dingeman, Andrew Shimabuku, Martha Hernandez
The Honolulu Advertiser

Finalists
"So many excuses"
Erin Miller
West Hawaii Today

"Windmills a source of green power, conflict"
Ilima Loomis
Maui News

D301
Feature Writing/Short Form
First Place
"Swan song for shoe man"
Jason Armstrong
Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Finalists
From Paris, with love"
Colin Stewart
Hawaii Tribune-Herald

"The Ninety-Nines"
Kim Eaton
West Hawaii Today

D401
Feature Writing/Long Form
First Place
"Remembering the day when Waiakea town was destroyed"
Peter Sur
Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Comments: Feature allows the personality of the town and people to shine.

Finalists
"Pu'ukohola Heiau"
Kekoa Enomoto
Maui News

"Ram Dass: Right here, right now"
Rick Chatenever
Maui News

D501
Feature Page Design
First Place
"Tsunami: 50 years later"
Meg Premo
Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Comments: Effective use of photos, old and new. Good use of white space; good balance of text and graphics. I appreciate that the presentation was broken into several stories, plus text boxes and graphics. Eye-catching.

Finalists
"Red-letter day"
Brad Sherman
Maui News
Comments: Choice of red for the L in the headline provides a good emphasis. The lead photo is strong. The color of the two info boxes echo the floor and leg color, bringing color in the text without the distraction of adding another color. I would have preferred one of the two tan info boxes to be further to the right; the right side is a bit too gray.

"Core connections"
Jackie Carberry
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Comments: Overall good design, but I would have chosen another photo for the lead. The photo of the two Rodriguez boys together would have done more to illustrate the siblings supporting siblings theme of the story. The use of photos of several children was a good choice, as was keeping photos about the same size. Likewise, keeping all photos b/w was a good decision; a mixture would have been distracting.

I101
Online News Reporting
"Thai Workers Forced into Labor at Oahu Farm Wait for Justice"
Malia Zimmerman
Hawaii Reporter
Comments: Good in-depth coverage of a human rights issue.

Finalists
"Hawaii Island says goodbye to Fox's Landing as lava re-claims beloved beach "
Jade Eckardt
Hawaii Independent
Comments: A great mix of good writing and good photographs.

Finalist
"Honolulu Real Estate"
Jenny Quill
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: Possibly the most readable articles. Could have used more large pictures considering the subject.

General comments:I wish to give Civil Beat an honorable mention for its work on the rail. (They're the fourth one with a score of 8) It wasn't the most readable but it had a good use of graphics. The data was just a bit too raw to place in the top three.

I201
Feature Writing

First Place
"A Pelekane Bay kind of day"
Karin Stanton
Hawaii 24/7

Finalists
"Marine powers through cancer treatment, Ironman 70.3 Hawaii"
Karin Stanton
Hawaii 24/7

"Follow that fish!"
Karin Stanton
Hawaii 24/7

I301
Best Multimedia Presentation
First Place
˜Guardrails': Beach eviction leaves behind evidence of our struggling society"
Ikaika Hussey, Darlene Rodrigues
Hawaii Independent

I401
Best Overall News Site
Civil Beat
Honolulu Civil Beat,
Comments: Vastly superior layout with more entry points. Good content. Video link didn't work. Had the two sites been closer this could have been issue. Webpages need to be maintained.

Finalist
The Hawaii Independent
The staff and users of The Hawaii Independent
Hawaii Independent
Comments: Good content but layout feels dated.

I501
Best News Site (1-person produced)

All Hawaii News
Nancy Cook Lauer
All Hawaii News

MAGAZINE
M101
Business Reporting
First Place
"Dispute Over Sandalwood Logging Ends Up in Bankruptcy Court"
Patricia Tummons
Environment Hawai'i
Comments: The use of public records from bankruptcy court provided a level of detail that set this story apart. The records allowed the reporter to show that neither the lender nor the borrowers were being honest in their tale of how a unique piece of land came to be exploited.

Finalists
"Building a Smart Grid
Dennis Hollier
Hawaii Business
Comments: This piece is a strong example of explanatory journalism. In lay terms, the reporter unspools the complexities of integrating Hawaii's aggressive renewable energy portfolio with an antique grid. Strong graphics and layout aided the story.

"Saving Maui Pineapple"
John Heckathorn
HAWAI'I Magazine
Comments: Good scene-setting and crisp writing brought this story to life. More detail about why Steve Case failed and how the new owners extracted labor concessions would have made a  strong story even stronger.

General Comments: "There was an impressive range of work in this category, from fine-grained numbers in the salary surveys to richly detailed stories about traditional businesses such as pineapple growing and logging."

M201
Industry or Trade Reporting
First Place
"Feds Disburse $6.4 Million in 'Relief' to NWHI Fishers"
Teresa Dawson
Environment Hawai'i
Comments: Great piece of investigative journalism. The reporter systematically destroyed the rationale for a multimillion-dollar federal giveaway to undeserving lobster and bottom-fishers. Great work!

Finalists
"Adventure in Coffeeland"
Michael Shapiro, Jesse Katz, Julia Steele
Hana Hou!
Comments: This story combined the charm of a deftly written travel piece with a authoritative look at Kona's coffee industry.

"Geothermal's Second Chance"
Shara Enay
Hawaii Business
Comments: Thoughtful examination of how the past mistakes of geothermal operators cast a shadow over a major player in Hawaii's renewable energy sector.

General Comments: The pieces in the section high-lighted the complexities Hawaii's economy faces: high land prices; expensive labor and the challenges of being an island economy. Lots of good reporting.

M301
Profile
"All I Ever Wanted Was a Bar"
John Heckathorn
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: An intricate and authoritative profile by an author who obviously knows his subject well.

Finalists
"The Bird Man"
Michael Shapiro, Julia Steele
Hana Hou!
Comments: A moving portrait of a man interwoven with an educational component about his important mission.

"Our Genuises"
Sheila Sarhangi
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: A series of bite-sized profiles held together by a compelling theme.

M401
Feature Writing/Short Form
First Place
"On the Blink"
Michael Keany
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: An original subject covered with an authoritative blend of past and present.

Finalists
"Roots and Blossoms"
Julia Steele, Michael Shapiro
Hana Hou!
Comments: A touching profile of a family business that could easily have gone overlooked.

"Concierge to the Rescue"
Mariah Mellor
Hawaii Business
Comments: A great conceit delivered in an engaging and entertaining piece of journalism.

M501
Feature Writing/Long Form

First Place
"The Ultimate Wave"
Michael Shapiro
Hana Hou!
Comments: Excellent character building, evocative writing and a truly original  concept, to profile a wave.

Finalists
"Hawaii's Underground Economy"
Shara Enay
Hawaii Business
Comments: Excellent reporting and explanatory writing on a little-understood phenomenon.

"Coming Home"
Michael Keany
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: A compelling look at a tragic problem that goes seriously underreported.

M601
Page Design
First Place
"My Experience at the Best Places to Work"
Wes Funai
Hawaii Business

Finalists
"Transformers"
Wes Funai
Hawaii Business

"100 Years of Hawaiian Music"
Kristin Lipman
Honolulu Magazine

M701
Magazine Cover
"13.6 Front Cover- Gecko"
Leigh Morrison, Kunio Hayashi, Samuel Lee, David Liittschwager
Hana Hou!
Comments: A compelling photo and good placement.

Finalists
"May 2010 cover"
A. Kam Napier, Kristin Lipman
Honolulu Magazine
Comments: Nice execution, and a good solution to the annual issue problem.

HAWAII Magazine
Mae Ariola
HAWAI'I Magazine
Comments: Good motion, nice use of type."

NEWSPAPERS
N101
Business Reporting
First Place
"'Toxic' mortgages crush couple's dream"
Harry Eagar
Maui News
Comments: The writing was a bit disorganized in places, but this is a well-done look at how the national mortgage meltdown played out for one couple -- it's a story many newspapers across the U.S. would do well to emulate.

Finalists
"Hawaii revving up to era of electric cars"
Greg Wiles
The Honolulu Advertiser
Comments: A thoughtful, in-depth analysis."

"Federal Contract Preferences - A Boon For Native Hawaiian-Owned Companies"
Jim Dooley
Hawaii Reporter
Comments: A lot of deep reporting here, but I feel like the story could have gone one step further by explaining why this matters."
N201
News Page Design
First Place
"Election coverage front page design"
Michael Gifford
West Hawaii Today

"Front page design"
Michael Gifford
West Hawaii Today

NONDAILY NEWSPAPER
ND101
General News/Enterprise Reporting

First Place
"West Maui Health Alliance plans to regroup"
Mark Vieth
Lahaina News

Finalists
"Island Warriors Deploy to Afghanistan"
Christine Cabalo
Hawaii Marine

"Never forgotten: 3rd Marine Regiment pays tribute to 114 men"
Christine Cabalo
Hawaii Marine

ND201
Feature Writing

First Place
"Warriors Eyeing Japan"
Joe Udell
The Hawai'i Herald,
Comments: A good in depth look at the football recruiting future. This was well-written and reported.

Finalists
"MCB Hawaii volunteers serve hope"
Christine Cabalo
Hawaii Marine
Comments: Would have benefited from shortening some of the titles after first reference. It made for some clumsy paragraph in an otherwise pleasant story about an important ministry. Good job Marine.

Roi Roundup2010
Trisha Smith
Maui Weekly
Comments: An interesting story.

ND301
Community Reporting
First Place
"Despite challenges, Kahana Door of Faith Church going strong"
Louise Rockett
Lahaina News

Finalists
"Civil Unions Undecided"
Trisha Smith
Maui Weekly

"Wheelchair basketball aids in recovery"
Christine Cabalo
Hawaii Marine

RADIO
R101
General News/Enterprise Reporting
First Place
"Hawaii's First Saint"
Heidi Chang
AARP Radio

Finalists
"Waikiki Beach Gets A Facelift"
Ben Markus
Hawaii Public Radio

"Hotel Workers Pre-Labor Day Protest"
Wayne N. Yoshioka
Hawaii Public Radio

R201
Feature Reporting
First Place
"Ukulele Festival"
Heidi Chang - Reporter and Producer,
Public Radio International's The World

Finalists
Na Wai 'Eha:  A Series on Maui's Four Great Waters"
Noe Tanigawa
Hawaii Public Radio

"For 'Lost' Fans In Hawaii, A Premiere With A View"
Ben Markus
Hawaii Public Radio

S101
Student Journalism in Any Media

First Place
"Concierge to the Rescue"
Mariah Mellor
Hawaii Business

Finalists
"One hundred thousand violated"
Chris Mikesell
University of Hawaii

"The secret life of a tracker"
Chris Mikesell
University of Hawaii

T101
Government Reporting

"Mobile Command Unit Sits Idle"
Keoki Kerr, Rex Von Arnswaldt
KITV
Comments: Government reporting beyond the press releases and press conferences. Brings the significance of government waste home. Great job!

"Councilman Rod Tam Refuses To Talk"
Keoki Kerr
KITV
Comments: Good reporting, holding public officials accountable. Good story for a day turn.

"Democratic candidates rally on final weekend before election"
Brianne Randle, Terry Sagawa
KHON2 News

T301
General News/Enterprise Reporting
First Place
"Big Island Donkeys"
Catherine Cruz, Rex Von Arnswaldt
KITV
Comments: Interesting in depth look at a big problem on the island. Beautifully shot and edited. Well written. Best example of Enterprise Reporting this year! Nice job!

Finalists
"Lead Pellets Still a Concern on Kaimalino Beach"
Brianne Randle, George Dreblow
KHON2 News

"Dozens of vehicles get cited and towed daily"
Marisa Yamane, Reid Shimizu, Kenneth Chan
KHON2 News

T401
Feature Reporting
First Place
"Poi Story"
Daryl Huff, Bob Guanzon
KITV
Comments: Great feature story. Best this year and there was some good competiton! Not only a profile of one person, but also of his mission. There was news relevance to this story rather than just being an interesting feagture story. The team did a good job putting the story together.

Fnalists
"Tales of Treasure: Searching for Shipwrecks in Hawaiian Waters"
Brianne Randle, Robert Cramer
KHON2 News
Comments: Creative, beautiful, captivating. Loved the NATS off the top, use of maps and the writing. Keeping us wondering if any treasure was found until the very end.

"The Amazing Shadrack: The Backwards Runner"
Ron Mizutani, Greg Lau
KHON2 News
Comments: Fun feature story on an unusal man. Inspiring, wonderfully told and creativly written story. Loved that the reporter let Shadrack tell his own story and did not over report.

T501
Spot News Reporting
First Place
"Waikiki Visitors React to Tsunami"
Ron Mizutani, Greg Lau
KHON2 News
Comments: Good selection of sound bites. The reporter walked the viewer though the warning and the photographer showed us. Creative use of story telling.

"Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc on Oahu"
Brianne Randle, James Kawana
KHON2 News

"Protestors Rally Against Oahu's North Shore Shark Tours"
Brianne Randle, Justin Kanno
KHON2 News

T601
Investigative Reporting

First Place
"Pot Paradise"
Daryl Huff, Rex Von Arnswaldt
KITV
Comments: Interesting look behind the growing use of medical marijuana. Well shot, written and edited.

T701
Videography
First Place
"Pro surfer grabs attention for different reasons"
Tracy Arakaki, Diane Ako
Staradvertiser.com
Comments: Beatifully shot and creativly put together profile. Loved the surf board cam and beauty shots. One of the best videography entries these judges have seen in years.

Finalist
Pirate Fighters
Stu Ishikawa, Hans Kolo
KITV

T801
Series Reporting/Documentary/Special Program
First Place
American Samoa Revisited
Justin Kanno, Marisa Yamane
KHON2 News
Comments: Outstanding enterprise and ingenuity in finding story subjects and bringing out an emotional response through stellar stroy telling.

"Senator Daniel Inouye, American Hero, Island Son"
Ron Mizutani, Greg Lau
KHON2 News
Comments: Wonderfully put together documentary.

Haunted Hawaii
Marisa Yamane, Justin Kanno, Reid Shimizu
KHON2 News

Comments: Good selection of enties this year!
Thank you to the judges of the contest of SPJ Region 10 Pacific Northwest

Dave Briscoe 
Jen Tadaki Catanzariti
Beverly Creamer
Linda Dela Cruz
Craig DeSilva
Dennis Hollier
Radley Kanda
Derek Kalani
Adrienne LaFrance
Nancy Cook Lauer
George Lee
Audrey McAvoy
Stirling Morita
A. Kam Napier
Lennie Omalza
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Dinner with the Queen, part 2

June 27th, 2011
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Danish Consuls from all across the United States and Puerto Rico gathered at a summer dinner with Her Royal Highness, the Queen of Denmark, and her husband, Prince Henrik. There are just under 40 Consuls and Honorary Consuls serving in America; a little over 30 of them attended the June 8 reception.
Consuls only

Consuls only

The 71 year old Queen Margrethe represents a monarchy that’s over one thousand years old, making it one of the oldest in the world. She ascended to this position in 1972, becoming the first female monarch of Denmark since Margaret I, ruler of the Scandinavian countries in 1388-1412 during the Kalmar Union. Her husband is a French diplomat. Officially, the Queen is the official head of government, but de facto, she acts as a figurehead and a representative of the Kingdom when abroad.

Prince Henrik and Queen Margaret

Prince Henrik and Queen Margarete

Claus and I flew into Washington DC a day early to take the edge off the jetlag, which I struggled with the entire three days we were there. The day of the dinner, we were told by the Embassy:

The dinner starts at 7 PM, however we ask that all guests arrive early. All guests should be at the embassy when Her Majesty and His Royal Highness arrive at 7 PM, and access to the embassy may be difficult because of the Secret Service security measures. Please be at the embassy no later than 6:30 PM!

Please do not bring your own cameras. There will be photographers taking pictures as the guests arrive and throughout the evening. There will be no posed pictures with HM and HRH.

The Embassy had negotiated a good group rate at a nearby hotel, so that’s where most of the Consuls stayed. Consequently, the lobby was crammed with tuxedos and ballgowns at 6 p.m., and the port cochere was brimming with a line of taxis.

Embassy gate

Embassy gate

When we walked up to the Embassy, event photographers greeted us, as did a crew from a Danish gossip magazine, Billed Bladet. It's like People or US magazine in America. Royal watching is a big deal, so the magazine featured a page on what the Queen did in the US. This headline says The Queen's Journal in the USA. Claus and I are a bitty little picture in the bottom right, though it sure was fun to see.

It was a surprise for me too, as half of the conversations were conducted in a language I don't know, so if the photographer introduced himself as from a magazine, I would certainly not have known. It was such a whirwind of activity that Claus probably just forgot to mention it to me. The couple right above us are some new friends from the party. The woman in the purple dress is a lawyer and an Honorary Consul.

 
Billed Bladet Danish Magazine- we're on bottom right

Billed Bladet Danish Magazine- we're on bottom right

We were ushered into the crisply air conditioned building, which was a welcome respite from the 100 degree humid sauna that is a La Nina summer in the east coast.

Danish Embassy in DC

Danish Embassy in DC

Waiters wandered the room with silver platters of champagne, wine, and iced tea. A Danish music group provided live music while a videographer captured the action. Everyone was extremely friendly. I think this was the friendliest event I have ever attended. People were walking up, introducing themselves, and chatting.

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One woman noticed Claus’ custom tuxedo studs and complimented him. We told her the story about how much trouble we went through to make it, and she was surprised to learn it wasn’t ordered from some factory. When her husband came to join us, she pointed it out to him and suggested he do the same. He asked, “Where’d you get this done?”

The wife answered, “His nail tech did it.”

“Well, it’s not my nail tech,” corrected Claus, as we laughed.

“If you’re going to talk about this you can just say it’s my nail tech,” I said, trying to help Claus out. In all, two or three people noticed the studs, so Claus was happy that he put the effort into it.

Jan, Claus, Martin

Jan, Claus, Martin

At 7 p.m., the royal couple showed up, and we were asked to line up so that we could file in and greet them. I was completely nervous about making a faux pas, and I don’t remember much about that moment, except that it went by really fast.

There were only about 70 people dining, so it felt very intimate. The queen sat two tables away from us. I was seated next to the Queen’s physician and a consul from San Francisco. It’s very Danish to seat you apart from your spouse, in order to encourage conversation. Midway through dinner, she stood up and gave a speech, thanking the Consuls for their service.

Our table

Our table

The food was excellent, and after dinner, we were all directed into the salon for a 15 minute live music performance by a group called Mythos.

After that, staffers ushered us to the large balcony, where waiters circled with dessert wine and coffee, while everyone mingled. The queen directed one of the Embassy Consuls to select ten Consuls for a meet-and-greet, and we were one of the lucky ones to be chosen. Maybe it's because we traveled the farthest.

There was a small seating area on the lanai, and the Queen was seated on a loveseat. There were two chairs arranged around it. We waited in nearby, while a staffer ushered couples through for three minute meetings. When it was our turn, a staffer presented us with a brief introduction (including whether or not the Consul speaks Danish), then stood back.

We were a bit awestruck and didn't know what to say to a queen. She did most of the asking and Claus did all of the answering. After the first few sentences in English, she wanted to switch to Danish, so I mostly just tried to figure out what they were saying from my rudimentary Danish skills gleaned from life with a bilingual four year old. Luckily, I'm used to this feeling, because my in-laws don't speak much English. I just smiled and looked at her humongous diamond wedding ring which probably puts Kim Kardashian's to shame.

Honestly, it was like speed-dating. The kinds of questions were very basic, like: Where are you from, what do you do, how long have you been there? Then, the staffer cleared his throat, so we thanked her and made way for the next couple. Though quick, it was still very exciting to be having a private conversation with a queen!

Shortly after this, Her Royal Highness and Prince Henrik left and the party ended. The Consuls all went back to the hotel and created an impromptu party in the hotel bar until it closed. It was a really fun night.

I'm always reading princess fairy tales to Olivia, and I can't believe that on this night, I sort of lived my own version of a fairy tale, with a royal ball- certainly a night I'll never forget.

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Dinner with the Queen, part 1

June 24th, 2011
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Denmark’s royal couple made a quick visit to the states, and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. Queen Margrethe and her French-born husband, Prince Henrik, stopped into the nation’s capitol in early June. Their packed schedule included some tourist must-sees like a visit the Capitol, Library of Congress and city museums, a cruise up the Potomac, a night at the ballet, plus a special reception for all her public servants in America.

The Queen in white, Prince on far right

The Queen in white, Prince behind her

My husband Claus is one of those public servants, as an official representative of her government. He’s the Honorary Consul of Denmark in Hawaii. Here’s what the invitation said:

“His Excellency Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen requests the pleasure of the company of you and your spouse for dinner in honor of the visit to the United States of America by Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark and His Royal Highness the Prince Consort, to thank the Honorary Consuls for valuable contributions to Denmark on Wednesday June 8th 2011 at 7:00pm, Ambassador's Residence, Embassy of Denmark.”

We were excited to receive the invitation, but had to think about if we could go. We had six weeks to plan the trip, get time off from work (thank you, Boss!), and figure out about babysitting needs, as the dinner did not include children. Consuls are normally extended the opportunity to meet the queen at some point during their tenure, but it’s usually in Denmark.

We decided it was easier to fly to Washington DC than it would be to Europe. As it is, the travel time to DC involved a minimum of two planes and about 13 hours. The average trip to Denmark involves at least three planes and 23 hours. The jet lag is also a killer the further you go.

The Royal Danish Embassy organized the reception, and over the weeks, sent Claus many e-mails with instructions, directions, and information. The question people seem to want to know is how to address her, so I’ll share what I was told:

Protocol for meeting the Royal Couple

Please address Her Majesty the Queen as "Deres Majestæt" or "Your Majesty". Queen Margrethe and the Queen are not used.

Please address His Royal Highness the Prince Consort as "Deres Kongelige Højhed" or "Your Royal Highness" upon first greeting. Later HRH may be addressed as "the Prince Consort". Prince Henrik and the Prince are not used.

When greeting the Royal Couple it is appreciated that ladies curtsy and gentlemen bow.

Dress code and decorations

The dress code for the dinner is formal attire- black tie and evening dresses. HM the Queen will wear a long dress.

Decorations: With formal attire, you may wear the badge that was presented to you, or, if it suites you better, the miniature.

The official Danish language instructions for wearing of decorations are attached. The most important information is this:

Decorations should be worn in one horizontal row on the left side of the chest (over your heart), in or at the level of the buttonhole of the lapel. If you have more than one decoration, they should be worn so that they cover each other slightly with the rightmost decorations slightly over the leftmost. The decorations should be worn in this order from right to left:

1.  Dannebrogordenens Hæderstegn (The Grand Cross).
2. Ridderkorset af 1. grad/Ridderkorset af Dannebrogordenen (Knight 1. class/Knight).
3. Fortjenstmedaljen i Guld.
4. Medaljen Ingenio et Arti.
5. Fortjenstmedaljen i Sølv med spænde.
6. Sølvbryllupserindringsmedaljen.
7. Den kongelige Belønningsmedalje med inskription eller spænde.
8. Fortjenstmedaljen i Sølv.
9. Den Kongelige Belønningsmedalje.
10. Andre danske hæderstegn, medaljer m.m. i rækkefølge som anført i Hof- og Statskalenderen.

This whole decoration thing is why Claus went on a huge crafting binge to make his own decorations. He's new and he doesn't have any medals for service, but wanted to show some kind of Danish pride. Was it worth it? That's for another blog.

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She can read?

June 22nd, 2011
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My three year old just read her first words. I was stunned and amazed. I shouldn't be, since we've all been working on it for months. But change comes slowly, and I wasn't holding my breath for the exact day that she would read something.

So many big events in life are wrapped in small, nonchalant moments. Olivia and I were sitting at the kitchen table having breakfast, and there was an empty plastic clamshell on the table waiting to be taken outside to the recycling bin. "What was in here, Mommy?" she asked.

I couldn't remember. "The blueberries Mommy ate this morning," I answered.

She looked at the box and said, "This says tomatoes."

I stopped mid-chew and looked at her. "What did you say?"

"This says 'tomatoes,'" she responded.

"How do you know that?" I asked, expecting her to say there was a picture of a red tomato on the label.

"Because it says t-t-t-t-tomato," Olivia sounded out. "It does not say b-b-b-blueberry." I ran over and hugged her.

It's probably a combination of preschool, parents, grandparents, and babysitter reading to her and helping her write letters, and repeated viewings of The Letter Factory DVD. If you're not familiar, the cartoon teaches that "every letter makes a sound" and then goes into each sound.

I have tried to replicate that moment, but she will not be forced. When we ask her what this or that word says, she just gets all goofy, so we gave up. It'll happen again when she's ready.

But back to that moment at the table. I expressed hearty praise and immediately called my husband and parents to share the news. The funny thing is, despite reading the label for herself, she still didn't make the connection on how to answer her own question.

"So," she persevered. "What was in this box?"

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Role reversals

June 20th, 2011
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What is going on? Is it alternative universe month? My dog, my cat, my husband, my kid have all displayed funny little role reversals recently.

THE DOG: I was at the beach with Mari Fran, and we were throwing a ball for Inca. For some reason, she would not fetch it. She would look at it and then just not get it. Mari Fran turned into the retriever of tennis ball. We stopped after a few tries. I don't think Inca is going blind, but we think maybe she was distracted because half the family was elsewhere, and Inca has some neuroses about having to have the entire family move as one pack. 

The human retriever

The human retriever

THE CAT: The cat has stopped chasing birds. Doves eat the leftover cat food in the morning, and Ocho has stopped caring. I only care because they poop all over. It's getting to be too much. I have had to run to the door and scare the doves away when I hear the pecking on the tin bowl. I've finally started removing the food after 20 minutes and refrigerating it for tomorrow. You are wondering why I can't get the portion right? Her appetite varies based on what insects and geckos she's eaten the night before.

THE HUSBAND: I previously filed a blog about Claus crafting. I still can't believe it.

THE KID: I had a stomach ache and was lying in bed. Olivia came down to tuck me in. She kissed my tummy and gave me a hug, then returned with a stuffed animal to keep me company. She then came back to check on me and reposition the stuffed animal for maximum comfort. I just love that kid.

What's your role reversal?

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