Gwen Battad Ishikawa

Six thousand, seven hundred and ninety-seven . . . give or take.

That’s how many days I’ve worked at The Hawai‘i Herald and Hawaii Hochi, Ltd. On April 20, I bid farewell to the building that was my second home for 26 years and to my co-workers who had become my second family.

I started working at the Herald on Feb. 10, 1992. I was a young’un straight out of college . . . so young that I couldn’t even rent a car by myself when I covered my first Big Island issue story in 1993. On that trip, I met LeGrand Sakamaki, a then-13-year-old weightlifter, who is now probably around 40 years old.

I grew up in the halls of the Hawai‘i Hochi building. Readers saw me get married (actually, they just saw my byline change) and have my son, who is now 15 years old. They’ve seen me climb up the Herald “ladder” from an advertising supplements writer, to staff writer, production editor, interim editor and, finally, to managing editor.

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