Editor’s Page: Give Me the Long Version
Never mind the CliffsNotes. I want the full story, every time.
I love long stories. That’s what I told Dr. Nadine Tenn Salle when we first spoke on the phone. Tenn Salle is on the cover of this issue and her story is an interesting one. The Jamaican-Chinese New York native traces her Asian roots back to eight brothers who left southern China in the 1880s. Five landed in Kohala on the Big Island while three, including her ancestor, ended up in the Caribbean. We talk about her first career (not medicine), her time as the Hōkūle‘a’s chief medical officer (“Mostly I came across basic lacerations which needed suturing … and a lot of dehydration and sunstroke”), advice for families affected by COVID-19 (“Instead of feeling that they’re just holding their breath until they can come up for 2019 air, they can think about what they can do now”) and life as a mom and pediatrician (“It helps to be a parent because you know where the anxiety and fear is coming from when parents ask you a question.”).
We depended on our medical experts to guide us through the past year and now we’re counting on them to help us regain some sense of normalcy with our own health care. We honor 568 physicians selected as Top Doctors by their own peers.
One event we are all glad to see return this month is the Merrie Monarch Festival, albeit with new guidelines. Writer Jayna Omaye discovers the loss of the live audience is not the biggest challenge for kumu hula and hālau. Also in this issue, we round up more than 20 tasty deals and sample some cocktails to-go for our Restaurant Guide and Alan Wong shares what it is like to say goodbye to your own restaurant.
We, however, are excited to say hello to a new art director, Kayla Rivera. Her creativity will bring a new voice to the stories in our pages and we can’t wait.
Photo: Karen DB Photography
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