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“The Coolest Jobs in Hawaii” Sept. 2009

Our story on lust-worthy jobs included gigs such as pro surfer, brewer and fashion designer.

It was with appreciable interest, and some envy, that I read the article on cool jobs. While my job as a crisis nurse at Hawaii Medical Center East has its decidedly uncool moments, not all are distress. There are times when I’m called to a room and when I enter the patient is dead. When I leave, the patient is alive. Now that’s cool.


I’d like to add one more [cool job] to the list, making it an even dozen. My son, Tyler Rock, is a professional photographer/videographer on the North Shore and works for the company that publishes Freesurf magazine. He covers surfing events in Hawaii and around the world and has traveled to nine countries in the past four years. Best of all, he gets to surf at these exotic places, too, when the work is done for the day.


Abundant Spirits

Writer Jana Wolff’s story, in our September issue, covered local philanthropists.

As someone who was involved in developing both the Kukui Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center, your recent article regarding Judy Lind was a bit inaccurate with respect to the time it took to develop the Children’s Advocacy Center. That project went from legislative creation to opening in less than two years. The Kukui Center took considerably longer, because the amount of money needed was greater. I can attest that our community is truly unique when it comes to taking care of others.  However, the key to the success of such projects is having some chutzpah—the willingness to ask for help for a good cause. When you can do that, anything is possible.  Your article exemplifies the truth of Margaret Mead’s profound statement: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


Photo: Joss

Take Us to Your Village

In his September Dining story, “Eating Outside the Box,” John Heckathorn wrote about Himalayan Kitchen, which serves Nepalese cuisine.

Your descriptions were mouthwatering so I was a bit surprised to read the ending paragraph [that you] “were reduced to drinking some kind of rose water-yogurt concoction.” My Nepalese friend wrote the following on the drink: “Mohi. It has more of an Indian origin, made from yogurt sweetened with sugar and blended with fresh fruit or spices. It’s so popular in the villages that it used to be offered to all guests.”



What people are saying online: 

“The coolest job is being an engineer in the fire department. You get to operate equipment that every kid growing up ever wanted, and you get to go screaming around town with red lights on and sirens blaring. Oh, and the best part: Everybody loves firefighters!” —In response to our September 2009 story, “The Coolest Jobs in Hawaii.”

“Very poorly written article. Too sensational and not enough hard information. Thanks for nothing. As a resident of South Kona I am constantly searching for information regarding the vog, and am again disappointed to find that your article is superficial and barely accurate.” —In response to our August 2009 story, “The Wrath of Vog.”


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