The 2012 North Hawaii News staff poses for a photo. From left, Lise Mardon-Smith, Renée Resurreccion, Jessica Young, Lisa Salazar, Lisa Dahm and Yisa Var.
Whether you’ve entered it boldly with excitement or were dragged in kicking and screaming, 2013 is here for another 362 days.
Before stepping into the future, it’s important to take a few minutes to find out whom you’re grateful for, and to identify people in your life who help keep you motivated to constantly strive to improve.
At North Hawaii News, we are grateful for many people.
For our hard working, talented and enthusiastic writers and photographers—Catherine Tarleton, Melora Purell, Ma’ata Tukuafu, Patti Cook, Jill Justice, Anna Pacheco and Jock Goodman—we are grateful and proud to have them represent us in North Hawaii.
We are also grateful for our dedicated columnists, who all have professional lives, but who feel that their community service is to help others through our paper.
Dr. Shay Bintliff helps us see the lighter side of life with Laughter Therapy, Angela Thomas gives us practical parenting wisdom through Baby Steps, and Darien Gee helps inspire us to develop our talents with The Writer’s Corner.
We are particularly grateful for the phenomenal work of Jessica Young who redesigned our cover and to Brenda Jensen, who every week brings our pages to life through her clean and easily read layout. We thank them for generously sharing their talents with us.
But we are especially grateful to you, our readers, who take the time to spend a few minutes each week with us. We hope in 2013 to bring you closer to your community and to help make a difference in your everyday lives.
We welcome your feedback and your story ideas. If you know anyone who has made a difference in our community and who would make an interesting feature story, please feel free to email me at [email protected], or call me at 930-8675.
We believe that by reading the stories of outstanding people in our community who work hard each day to make our lives better, and those that have devoted a lifetime to making a difference for others – whether they’re doctors, teachers, police officers, clerks, cashiers, librarians, coaches, students, artists or others – it will help us to appreciate them. Featuring community members in North Hawaii News also gives us an opportunity to see them as role models. They can inspire us to pass on their aloha to those we influence in our own lives.
We wish you the best this year, and hope you have an exciting and prosperous 2013.
Lisa M. Dahm