The judges said Kalamalama has “a very classic newspaper
design—simple and to the point.” They wrote that
it is “easy to read and chock full of interesting and
essential school news covering a vast varieties of subjects.” This
is the second year HPA has offered the college newspaper category,
and Kalamalama has won both times.
Moreno won the First Place Pa‘i
in the Editorial Opinion category—winning over other
Hawai‘i weekly, and
even daily, newspapers. The Hawai‘iTribune-Herald and
Pacific Business News won the second and third-place awards,
Moreno’s winning piece—“Bush
v. Constitution: Faith-based initiatives bad for America”—is
an analysis of the religious agenda of the current Bush Administration.
The judges said, “Well thought out insights into
our President’s faith-based initiative in light of
equal treatment to all. The writer challenges the taxpayer
the President’s legislation may indeed pour tax dollars
into factions that discriminate.”
“As a writer, I am my biggest critic,” said Moreno. “This
award validates this whole endeavor for me and makes
me think other things are possible,” he added. Moreno
recently accepted an internship offer from the Honolulu Advertiser.
He has previously interned and free-lanced for the Honolulu
Weekly, reporting on the city council, Hawai‘i
legislature, environmental issues, and discrimination.
The Pa‘i’s are awarded every
year by the HPA to honor excellence in Hawai‘i publications.
Entries are accepted from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines,
publications, and college newspapers. HPA sends entries
to be judged by journalists, editors, and educators on the