Pritchett, Lanai Among New Contributors

This is an exciting time at MidWeek as we tweak our content. Some might wonder why we would bother to tinker with the most popular publication in Hawaii. But even Super Bowl champions draft new players. I firmly believe that no matter how good you are, you can do better. We’re certainly trying.

Starting in this issue, I’m pleased to say, award-winning editorial cartoonist John Pritchett brings his wit and pen (that doubles as saber) to the pages of MidWeek. John’s most recent award came in the Best of the West competition, involving 14 western states. He joins award-winners Dick Adair and Roy Chang, as well syndicated toonists Steve Kelly and Clay Bennett. I’ve always loved a good, provocative editorial cartoon, and MidWeek is now toon central. If you ever find another paper in the U.S. that has three local editorial cartoonists, please let me know – though I doubt there are any others out there.

Dick Adair won a Pa'i Award for best editorial cartoon from the Hawaii Publishers Association for this poignant rendering

Dick Adair won a Pa’i Award for best editorial cartoon from the Hawaii Publishers Association for this poignant rendering

By the way, please join me in offering congratulations to Dick for winning another Pa’i Award at the recent Hawaii Publishers Association awards luncheon. The toon is even more timely today than when it was published last year.

Also launching this week is a new food/recipe column from Lanai Tabura. Based on his Cooking Hawaiian Style on OC-16, Lanai now carries on a tradition of recipes from TV shows in MidWeek originated by Hari Kojima of Let’s Go Fishing and later Sam Choy. Watch the show on Monday and then get the recipe in that week’s paper.

Also making its debut this week is Pet Friends Forever, or PFF. Each week the Hawaiian Humane Society will provide a photo of an adoptable pet. They’re cute critters, but this is an important feature – last year the Humane Society helped more than 2,700 pets find new homes.

This new content joins the religion column Misfit Spirit by UH prof Jay Sakashita and Alice Inoue’s A Mindful Moment that we introduced earlier this month.

And it’s with mixed feeling that we bid adieu to Steve Murray’s Hot Air sports column. Not that Steve is going anywhere. For the next couple of months he’ll be working on developing a new sports feature that will hit these pages in August.

Stay tuned for that … as well as a few other tweaks we’re working on.