Editor's Picks for 2010

Our 12 issues of 2010 contained hundreds of articles. Here are some of my favorites, in chronological order. Enjoy!

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1. Associate editor Tiffany Hill took us back in time to explore a 1924 labor action in Hanapepe that turned violent in “A Massacre Forgotten,” Jan. 2010. 

2. Contributing editor Sheila Sarhangi profiled eight locals of considerable intellectual power in “Our Geniuses,” Feb. 2010. Pleased to say this article developed into a major lecture series by the UH Outreach College this past summer.

3. Writer Jana Wolff obtained unprecedented access to the usually private Family Court system for this dramatic look at the parade of heart-breaking cases which pass through that court everyday, in “Hawaii Family Court,” March 2010.

4. In “The Maryland Lesson,” May 2010, senior writer Michael Keany added something significant to the discussion of Hawaii’s public school system by taking a look at Maryland’s system, regarded as the nation’s best. Will our new governor consider any of the reforms Maryland enacted? 

5. The passing of time doesn’t lessen the tragedy of the tale told in “Kamehameha IV and the Shooting of Henry Neilson,” by Joseph Theroux, June 2010. 

6. Also in June, Tiffany Hill explored a groundbreaking alternative to probation that has been pioneered in Hawaii and which is poised to change the justice system nationwide in “Tough Love.”

7. We all know there’s a pecking order of “localness” in Hawaii. Executive editor Kathryn Drury Wagner pushed back against the unfairness of it all in her September Afterthoughts, “From These Parts.”

8. John Heckathorn’s dining column includes more than reviews. In “All I Ever Wanted Was a Bar,” Oct. 2010, he crafts an in-depth profile of Colin Nishida, the man behind the successful Side Street Inn, just as Nishida was in a whirlwind of activity opening a second location.

9. Photo essays are a magazine specialty and this year, my favorite was “Faces in Time,” a collection of portraits from the 1970s to the 1990s by photographer Franco Salmoiraghi, published in our Nov. 2010 Holiday Annual. Some of these faces will be familiar to you, some not, all are intriguing.

10. In “Soldiers Coming Home,” this month, Michael Keany details the systems in place‹and the cracks in those systems‹through the story of one of the thousands of veterans who has come home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.