AAJA Hawai‘i August 2021 Newsletter: New chapter logo, member news and more

August 2021 Newsletter


Welcome to AAJA Hawai‘i’s monthly newsletter! Here, you’ll find chapter updates, upcoming events, member bylines and more.

If you have a story or career update you want to share with our AAJA family, let us know at hawaii@aaja.org!

Chapter Updates and Announcements

You may have noticed that our chapter has a new logo! Thank you to Joe Guinto for designing our new logo.

Member News

Welcome to new AAJA Hawai‘i student member Krista Rados! Krista is a senior journalism and anthropology student at UH Mānoa and is editor-in-chief of the student paper, Ka Leo O Hawai‘i. She is also the recipient of our #AAJA21 student scholarship. Congratulations, Krista!

Member Bylines

“Honolulu Police Need More Interpreters For Pacific Islanders, Advocates Say”

Honolulu Civil Beat’s Cassie Ordonio reports on the Honolulu Police Department’s use of language interpreters. “Honolulu police receive hundreds of requests for language interpreters each year, but few are for Pacific Islanders despite the fact that they comprise a disproportionate number of those arrested and often speak English as a second language or not at all.”

“Hawaiian Airlines Reports Loss, But Sees Strong Bookings for the Rest of 2021”

Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Jason Ubay gives an update on Hawaiian Airlines’ financial performance. “Financially, the company lost money during the months of April, May and June 2021. It reported a net loss of $6.2 million and adjusted net loss $73.8 million.”

“City considering changes to better enforce illegal O‘ahu vacation rentals”

Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Ashley Mizuo reports on city efforts to change the county’s short-term rental ordinance to crack down on illegal vacation rentals. “While the city was not yet ready to share specifics on what changes would occur, a DPP spokesperson said that a draft is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.”

“Residents honor Kaneohe Beach Park’s place in Hawaiian history”

Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Jayna Omaye writes about a community’s effort to honor Kāne‘ohe Beach Park, educate residents and visitors about O‘ahu’s history, and build neighborhood pride. “Mahealani Cypher, member of the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, which spearheaded the storyboard effort, described the peacemaking event as ‘Hawai‘i’s version of Gettysburg. It was a glorious day to behold.’”

“Waikīkī Restaurants Still Face Challenges Despite Crowds of Visitors and Locals”

Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Casey Harlow speaks with several Waikīkī restaurants about people not showing up for reservations, an increase in food costs, the need for employees and other challenges they’re facing. “Although hotels are recovering due to the return of tourism, eateries are still having a difficult time.”

“Hawai‘i Doesn’t Have Enough Quarantine Rooms For COVID Patients”

The state is trying to secure more hotel rooms for quarantine/isolation, but fewer rooms are available for COVID-19 patients than there were last year, Anita Hofschneider of Honolulu Civil Beat reports. “The rooms may be particularly needed by people who live in overcrowded homes or multigenerational homes and are unable to quarantine from their roommates and family members.”

“Cultural Practitioners, Advisors Help Educate Visitors About Hawai‘i’s People, Places, History and Culture”

Hawaii Business Magazine’s Noelle Fujii-Oride dives into the role that cultural practitioners and advisors play in Hawai‘i’s hospitality industry. “Cultural practitioners and advisors already working in the tourism industry see their roles as integral to ensuring the culture is perpetuated accurately and that visitors treat the Islands respectfully. They do that by connecting with visitors through stories and educating them about history, culture, crafts, practices, places and people.”

“What data shows about Dixie Fire’s rapid growth and how it’s different”

San Francisco Chronicle’s Yoohyun Jung dives into the conditions that fueled the Dixie Fire’s growth across four counties. “It quickly grew to become the largest fire in state history that is not a complex fire, which are fires that start as multiple separate fires that merge into one.”

Updates and Announcements from AAJA National, Chapters and Affinity Groups

The Pacific Islander Task Force is seeking AAJA members interested in being members of its affinity group. The task force needs at least 50 AAJA members to sign on to officially transition to becoming an affinity group. More information here.

AAJA-LA held a virtual panel discussion on July 21 to discuss journalists’ experiences with social media, including the benefits and repercussions of posting on various platforms, and the role of objectivity in journalism. You can watch the replay here.

Amid the Tokyo Olympics, AAJA’s Pacific Islander Task Force has issued guidance for reporting on Indigenious Pacific Islanders. View the task force’s recommendations here.


The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is hiring for several positions: education reporter, copy editor/page designer, and online content producer. Click here for more information.

The Journalists in Aging Fellows Program is accepting applications until Aug. 23. This program’s goals are to educate journalists about issues in aging, better allowing them to spread a new awareness to general audiences and ethnic or targeted communities (such as LGBTQ, disability, or gender-focused groups); and to disseminate accurate information about new scientific findings, policy debates, innovations, and evidence-based solutions. More information here.

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