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
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.”