HONOLULU Magazine Wins Several Awards, Both Local and National

HONOLULU Magazine was named a finalist in two CRMA categories and wins big at Hawaiʻi’s SPJ Awards.
SPJ Awards


Every so often, we at HONOLULU Magazine like to take a small break to give ourselves a little pat on the back. In early June, HONOLULU took home two finalist awards at the 2018 City and Regional Magazine Association Awards in New Orleans. (Think of it as our version of the Oscars.)


Competing against other magazines in the nation with a circulation of less than 60,000, HONOLULU was named a finalist in feature design for our October 2017 spread “Drink Local.” (Shout out to art director Louis Scheer for his amazing work.) We also were recognized as a finalist in multiplatform storytelling for “A Snail’s Tail.


HONOLULU continued its streak at the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaiʻi Chapter’s annual Excellence in Journalism Awards on June 29. We took home 22 plaques in the following categories:


Best Multimedia Presentation

Finalist: “Drink Local,” October 2017

Finalist: “A Snail’s Tail,” July 2017


Industry or Trade Reporting

First Place: “Power Plant,” October 2017

Finalist: “Drink Local,” October 2017



First Place: “The Pig Time,” January 2017

Finalist: “The Power of ʻOhana,” August 2017


Feature Writing/Short Form

Finalist: “Showing Up,” April 2017


Body of Work: Single Writer

Finalist: Catherine Toth Fox

Finalist: Don Wallace


Best Single Feature Layout

First Place: “Drink Local,” October 2017

Drink Local


Magazine Cover

Finalist: “Drink Local,” October 2017

October cover


Overall Page Design

Finalist: October, November and December 2017


Student Feature Reporting in Any Media

“The Words Behind the Picture Brides,” December 2017


Health Reporting

Finalist: “Power Plant,” October 2017


Arts/Entertainment Writing

Finalist: “Keepers of the Kaona,” November 2017


Editorial Opinion

Finalist: “Typical, American, Muslim,” April 2017


Editorial Cartoon/Illustration

First Place: “Where the Wild Things Went,” August 2017

Where the Wild Things
Illustration: Meen Choi


Finalist: “The Sour Poi Awards,” January 2017

Sour Poi
ILlustration: chris danger


Feature Photography/Videography

First Place: “The Fall Guy,” September 2017 images


Photo/Video Essay

Finalist: “The New Retro,” March 2017 images


Special Section

Finalist: “The Insider’s Guide to Chinatown,” February 2017


Huge congratulations to our sister publications HAWAIʻI Magazine and Hawaiʻi Business Magazine for all their hard work as well. PacificBasin Communications took home a total of 45 SPJ awards.