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Students invited to travel writers' conference

by Jayme Haitsuka, Lifestyles editor

   

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) hosted four Kalamalama student editors at their annual writing conference, held this year at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The SATW represents more than 1,300 travel writers, photographers, editors, and public relations professionals nationwide; it promotes professional journalism and provides a support and development system for its members.

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This year, Kalamalama editors: Jenny Lundal, Yonie Espiritu, Cari Aguilar, and Jayme Haitsuka sat in on a variety of the professional programs. Students were attending as guests of local public relations firm McNeil and Wilson, coordinators of the event. Each participant was asked to write a short summary of the program they listened to for publication in SATW’s quarterly newsletter.

Lecture topics ranged from the value of photographers, to Hawai‘i’s film industry, to writing tips from award-winning travel writers. Prominent in the schedule of events was Senator Daniel Inouye, who spoke on the important role travel writers play in heightening global awareness and promoting the travel industry. Master navigator Nainoa Thompson hosted his own lecture and enlightened mainland writers on local history, culture, and his experiences on Hokule‘a.

Many of the lecturers were successful professionals from Hawai‘i and were able to aid the writers and photographers in promoting the “real Hawai‘i” rather than the commercialized version.

“I definitely learned a lot,” said Espiritu. “And I got to take a peek at how the writing industry really works.”

 

 

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