Hawaii Business Wins 8 Awards in Statewide Competition

The prizes include first place for comic book or editorial illustration, explanatory journalism and reporting on industry or commerce.
This illustration by Kelsey Ige and Shar Tuiasoa won first place in the Cartoon or Editorial Illustration category.

Hawaii Business Magazine won eight awards in a statewide competition hosted by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The SPJ awards, announced Wednesday evening, were for work published in 2020. Full results are here. These are the prizes won by Business in Hawaii:

Category: Cartoon or Editorial Illustration

First Place: “Best Places to Work in Hawaii”

By Kelsey Ige and Shar Tuiasoa

Judge’s comments: “It immediately appealed to me. Excellent use of color and scale. Well done.”

Second place: “E-Commerce in Hawaii”

By Kelsey Ige

Category: Explanatory journalism

First place: “implicit bias”

By Noelle Fujii-Oride

Judge’s comments: “This category was very difficult to judge due to the diversity of entries. Hawaii Business’s Implicit Bias project best served the goal of explaining a conceptual topic to the lay audience. Noelle Fujii-Oride relied on a mix of experts and community members to explain the concept of implicit bias, why it is important, and how people can recognize and counter it. The only thing that would have made the project stronger is the inclusion of some dissenting voices in the basic premise. “

Category: Industry or Trade Reports

First place: “The future of local news”

By Sterling Higa

Judge’s comments: “This was a thorough examination of local news and how it came to be as it is today. Well written, detailed and complete. Good work.”

Category: Business reports

Second Place: “3 Ways to Pay Back Nature and Boost Tourism” (separate stories about the tourism industry)

By LiAnne Yu and Beverly Creamer

Judge’s Comments: “A terrific and comprehensive report and detailed examination of some of the considerations relating to the tourism industry. “

Category: Work of a single writer

Second place: Noelle Fujii-Oride

Based on five stories: Implicit Bias, Condos Part II Part III, Path to the Future, Kupuna and How to Pay 88 Billion.

Category: Best single feature layout

Second place: “The pandemic is not gender neutral”

By Amy Ngo

Category: Magazine cover

Third place: “Gone” (June 2020)

By Kelsey Ige and Aaron Yoshino

Judge’s Comments: “The photo of the empty beach is such a powerful image to tell the story of the lack of tourism last year. Keeping the headline typography simple really helps the photo speak.


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