If you read our May 4 edition, you know by now that one of The Hawai‘i Herald’s pillars for 26 years — Gwen Battad Ishikawa — has moved on to a new career. Although I did not work with Gwen for all 26 years of her tenure here at the Herald, we did work together for some 20 years. For the last 14 years, the two of us have sent every issue of the Herald to press. We were together for so long, we could kind of read each other’s minds. People laugh about our local language . . . the “you know, yea?” “Yea, yea . . .” Well, that was Gwen and me. I miss her a lot — not just because of our cryptic language, but because she is the nicest, humblest and most thoughtful person you could ever know.
Fortunately for me, she was willing to continue helping us with our layouts. Of course, the first issues I sent her to lay out after her departure were 24 pages (May 4) and 28 pages in this issue. And, folks, we are doing all of this by email and text. Sorry Gwen . . .