Islanders of the Year: The 7 People Who Made the Most Impact on Hawai‘i in 2016
From world-circling voyagers, a disease-hunting doctor and more, these seven shaped Hawai‘i in 2016.
This month, we honor the 2016 Islanders of the Year, our way of shining light on the people shaping our community. This is a tradition we brought back last year, after publishing it every year between 1988 and 2005.
We define the Islanders of the Year as the people who made the most impact on Hawai‘i in 2016. We’ve chosen folks nominated by the community in categories that include health and medicine, housing, the Native Hawaiian community, fashion and more. Some are often in the spotlight, others work behind the scenes, but they all share a common thread of making a significant difference in their areas of expertise.
Sometimes, we name more than one individual as an Islander. For example, it would be impossible to choose one person as being the single force of the Mālama Honua expedition. When sailing around the world using ancient navigation techniques, it takes a village to make a voyage.
Of course, the Islanders in this story are not the only ones who helped us navigate our world in 2016—Hawai‘i is defined by all of its passionate, effective people. We bring attention to these few in hopes that they inspire even greater change in 2017, and the years to come.
John John Florence
Kaui Hart Hemmings
Health and Medicine
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
We’d like to hear from readers about this round of Islanders of the Year. Who’d we miss? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.