Editor’s Page: What Were You Doing in March 2020?

Remembering one year.


Splash November Christi Young 2018 Editor

On March 30, 2020, I wrote these words for the editor’s page of our May 2020 issue: “[W]e are in the fifth day of a statewide lockdown. … Hopefully, by the time this magazine arrives on newsstands in May, the biggest questions and concerns about COVID-19 will be in the rearview mirror.


Right now, however, talk about the new virus dominates not only the news but almost every conversation I have.” Reading those sentences now, they are almost laughable. We had no idea what was coming.


For many of us, the time passed in a blur. As we looked back at the year since the first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in Hawai‘i, reflecting on the upheaval of the past 12 months was at turns startling, sobering (will we fix the problems that troubled us in 2020?) and absorbing. And, as we all consciously did last year, our team also sought out moments of light through stories of those who inspired and endured.


What will happen in the next few months, I won’t venture to guess. (I would hate to start my 2022 page the same way I started 2021’s.) But five days ago, the first mass vaccination clinics opened, offering tens of thousands of people their first shot of hope toward an end to this story. We’re ready for the next chapter.


Photo: Karen DB Photography



Christi Young


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