Kamehameha receives online honor

Kamehameha Schools Maui, continuing its tradition of journalism excellence, was named the state’s top online high school journalism publication in the annual Hawaii Publishers Association High School Journalism Awards.

The awards were announced Wednesday at a banquet at the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu. Kamehameha Schools Maui also received a $200 check from Hawaii News Now for winning the online honor.

Kamehameha Schools Maui’s Ka Leo o Na Koa has been bringing home state online and print awards for several years. Last year, the publication took the top state prizes for best print and online editions.

Ka Leo o Na Koa, or “The Voice of the Warriors,” also won the “Best in State” online award in 2012 and “Best in State” print award in 2011.

Ka Leo o Na Koa brought home top state honors in five categories for online news writing, online editorial writing, online illustration, online best multimedia presentation and print illustration.

The judging was done in two stages, with one team evaluating public high school publications and another, private high school entries. Another set of judges evaluated the top public and private school entries to determine the state category and overall winners.

Kamehameha Schools Maui captured top private school honors in print editorial writing, print illustration, online news writing, online sports writing, online editorial writing, online photography, online illustration and online best multimedia presentation.

Lahainaluna High School’s Ka Leo Luna took top public school honors in sports writing.

Most Valuable Staffer awards, determined by each staff and their advisers, were presented to staff writer Maile Sur for Kamehameha Schools Maui and Editor-in-Chief Candace Hanneman of Lahainaluna.

This year, 19 schools participated in the annual contest organized by the Hawaii Publishers Association and sponsored by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and MidWeek.