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HONOLULU Magazine Wins 13 Awards This Season!

The magazine took home local and national prizes for writing, design and general excellence over the past few weeks.


Some of the awards HONOLULU Magazine received this year.


You like us, you really like us! It’s award season for local and national media, and we’re proud to announce that HONOLULU recently received more than a dozen awards.


In late May, HONOLULU took home an award for General Excellence in the 2019 City and Regional Magazine Association Awards in Minneapolis. (Think of it as our version of the Oscars.) Competing against other city and regional magazines in the nation, HONOLULU was named a finalist for General Excellence in our category. CRMA says, “General Excellence winners are honored for consistently high-caliber work in all aspects of journalism: writing, editing, photography, illustrations, other art and design. Winners should show a sense of community connection and service.”


HONOLULU also took home 12 awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Hawai‘i Chapter’s annual Excellence in Journalism Awards on June 14. Here’s your chance to read (or reread) them all.


Column Writing or Blog/Features or Sports

First Place: “Afterthoughts,” Katrina Valcourt


Sports Reporting

First Place: “Peak … or Problem?” Don Wallace, February 2018


Arts/Entertainment Writing

Third Place: “50 Essential Hawai‘i Books,” Don Wallace, May 2018


Special Section

Second Place: “Our Waikīkī,” Jayna Omaye, Catherine Toth Fox, James Charisma, Louis Scheer, February 2018

Third Place: “All-Island Restaurant Guide,” Robbie Dingeman, Jayna Omaye, Catherine Toth Fox, Katrina Valcourt, Don Wallace, Louis Scheer, June 2018



First Place: “Political Survivor,” Robbie Dingeman, July 2018

Second Place: “The Merry Man,” Catherine Toth Fox, December 2018


Feature Writing/Long Form

Second Place: “Vog: Clearing the Air,” Don Wallace, August 2018


Body of Work: Single Writer

First Place: Don Wallace

Second Place: Robbie Dingeman


Best Single Feature Layout

September 2019 Fashion Feature photos.


First Place: “Country Strong,” Louis Scheer, September 2018


2019 Award-winning Hale Aina feature.

Second Place: “2018 Hale ‘Aina Awards,” Louis Scheer, January 2018



HONOLULU Team at SPJ Awards

members of our team of serious journalists (left to right):  Robbie Dingeman (sitting), DON WALLACE, Katrina Valcourt, Jayna Omaye (sitting) and creative director James nakamura.


Congratulations are also in order to our sister publications HAWAI‘I Magazine and Hawai‘i Business for all their hard work, as well. Our company aio Media took home a total of 33 SPJ Awards.



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