Editor's Page: Family Update
Announcing additions and a promotion.
This month’s Editor’s Page is a bit like one of those family Christmas letters, filled with good news and announcements. I’ll dive right in.
First, I’m thrilled to welcome John Heckathorn back as a full-time staffer at HONOLULU Magazine. Many readers, accustomed to seeing his dining column month after month, won’t even know he’d left—he’s been writing the column for 25 years. But since leaving as editor of HONOLULU in 2005, he’s had his hands full, most recently, serving as editor of our sister publication, Hawaii Magazine, since 2007. There he launched hawaiimagazine.com and developed a successful e-mail newsletter program. He was also the director of integrated media for our parent company, aio Group, in 2005 and 2006. You might remember his three-dot Honolulu Star-Bulletin column, “What the Heck?” which ran Sundays from 2005 to 2009, or his daily dining-themed radio show, Heckathorn’s Hot Plate, on KKEA from 2005 to 2006.
Readers can’t seem to get enough dining coverage, either in the magazine or online, so we’re going to serve up even more,
including a daily online dining news column and weekly e-mail newsletters. For that, we need full-time help and Heckathorn is the perfect writer for the job. He’s my favorite kind of critic—readers don’t just get a thumbs-up or thumbs-down from him, they learn something more about dining, because Heckathorn himself is a constant student, doing his homework for every column.
Says Heckathorn, “Once I sat next to Paul Prudhomme, who put New Orleans food on the national map, and heard him say, ‘If I die knowing a tenth of all there is to know about food, I’ll die a happy man.’ I thought, ‘He knows maybe 20 times more than I do, so let’s catch up!’”
We’re also serving up an entirely new beat at honolulumagazine.com—a daily real estate news column. Hawaii is a very
expensive place to live, so we’re all naturally fixated on homes, apartments, rents, mortgages and more. When we do real estate covers, they seem to fly off the newsstand (for example, last month’s cover story, “The 25 Most Expensive Homes in Hawaii”).
In our online column, you’ll find daily stories about great open houses, remarkable properties, and advice you can use whether you’re buying or selling, owning or renting or just here browsing. The writer? Contributing editor Jenny Quill, who you may recognize from the pages of HONOLULU Magazine, where she’s written cover stories for our Private School Guide and such features as last year’s “Hawaii’s Most Endangered Places.”
This is another homecoming, as Quill was an associate editor for HONOLULU Magazine and managing editor of sister publication, Ala Moana Magazine, after moving to the Islands in 2005. From there, she was promoted to editor of PacificBasin’s custom-publishing division, which included Ala Moana Magazine, Whalers Village Magazine and Ward Centers Magazine. Since 2009, she’s freelanced for local and national publications. Welcome, Jenny!
Finally, I want to congratulate Tiffany Hill on her well-deserved promotion from assistant editor to associate editor. In her two years on staff, she’s grown as a writer, with such features as “A Massacre Forgotten” (January ’10 issue) and a piece on the Hawaiian Humane Society's animal investigators (August ’10) as well as in her online column, City Pulse, where she’s broken stories even the daily newspaper hasn’t covered. She has also turned out to have a knack for organizing team-written features, such as this month’s “Steals & Deals."
That article and all the changes are just part of what we do to help you get more out of life in Honolulu.
For more of Napier’s writing, see his “Off My Desk” online column.