From the Editor...
Hau`oli Makahiki Hou!
Another year has come and gone and for us here in the Pacific Northwest, I think it’s safe to say we’re happy to bid aloha to 2006. For those of you who just tuned in, our area of the country has been blasted with all kine freak weather conditions, breaking records – like the new all-time low of 18º F in November combined with precipitation creating dangerously icy streets and sidewalks, followed by near 70 mph winds in December toppling trees and power lines that closed the airport and kept parts of the area without electricity for nearly a week. You should know that I really hate talking about weather, mainly because it’s boring and there’s nothing we can do about it, but when the Pacific Northwest gets prime coverage on CNN as the “worst weather in the nation,” I feel I must mention it. Besides, this is the reason for the photo of Kauna`oa on the front page. At times like these, who isn’t dreaming of a white sandy beach with warm turquoise waters gently lapping at our toes. Lucky for us we all have our favorite ones, and Kauna`oa happens to be one of mine.
But putting aside the nasty weather, 2006 has been a good one for the Northwest Hawai`i Times. First of all, we got our website up so you can see all our black and white photos from the newspaper in glorious color at www.northwesthawaiitimes.com. Second, our stories and photos are coming in from an ever-growing widening circle, telling us about islanders’ activities in far-flung corners, and we’re happy to serve the role of a community center that gathers the information and then sends it back out to you. We thank our faithful advertisers for their commitment to the community that in turn helps us fulfill ours, and we’re certain that our readers also support them with their patronage as we all work together for the common good.
So aloha to 2006 and aloha to 2007! As always, we look ahead in wonderment of what might be up the road for us. Can’t wait to find out…~RdC.
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