Kalamalama recently won top national and state
honors for its 2006 publications. The HPU newspaper won a National
First Place, for the 11th consecutive year, as well as the
Best Service to the Community Award from the American Scholastic
Press Association. It also won first-place honors for the fourth
consecutive year in the school newspaper category at the Hawai‘i
Publisher’s Association Pa‘i Awards ceremony held
at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom on March 27.
The national honor was awarded by the American Scholastic Press
Association, which services 2,000 schools and colleges nationwide.
This is the fifth time Kalamalama has won the “Best Community
Service” award in the past six years, and the first time
it received was for overall community coverage. In the past it
has won for its coverage of alcoholism, the Sept. 11 attacks,
the Hawai‘i Humane Society, and Pearl Harbor.
In 2005, Kalamalama won a national award for Outstanding Editorial
Cartoon, and in 2004, it won a similar top national award for
Outstanding News Photography. In past years it has won awards
for Outstanding Overall Photography and “Best Investigative
Reporting.” In 1999, it won “Most Outstanding College
The HPU newspaper has won a National First Place award, often
with Special Merit, in the American Scholastic Press top division—colleges
and universities with more than 2,500 students—every year
The state award honors the best newspaper that serves a Hawai‘i
school. The judging criteria included quality and completeness
of editorial coverage, design, layout, photography, and relevance
to the school which it serves.
Kalamalama, which means “bright light,” is published
12 times a year and serves as a working laboratory for HPU students
looking to apply their skills in print journalism, advertising,
marketing, photography, and graphic design. Kalamalama editor
Brittany Yap, who interned last year with The Honolulu Advertiser,
recently received a summer internship at The Honolulu Star-Bulletin.