One of the persons that inspired me to start my blog was former Hawaii Tribune Journalist turned blogger Hunter Bishop.
A year ago today, he announced on his blog that he would no longer be blogging and would be accepting a job as Mayor Kenoi’s Public Information Specialist.
Many folks were suspicious of Mayor Kenoi’s choices initially at who he brought in on his Mayoral “Team” as many of his closest aides were former journalists.
I openly supported Angel Pilago in his Mayoral race against Mr. Kenoi and some folks often said that Mr. Bishop was an adamant supporter of Mr. Kenoi. I never saw it that way.
Mr. Bishop always used his blog to tell the story as he saw it and he based his blog with facts and investigative research, something that many of us bloggers no longer seem to think is important.
Within a week or so after Mayor Kenoi took office and Mr. Bishop assumed his duties, I started receiving Press Releases directly from their office as well as other folks throughout the State that I guess Mayor Kenoi and his cabinet felt would do a decent job of getting the news out.
This surprised me, as I was a supporter of Mayor Kenoi’s opponent but I knew from that point on… that the selection of Hunter Bishop as the Public Information Specialist was one of the smartest decisions that Mayor Kenoi made.
I said the following a year ago and I will still say the same today:
The Blogging worlds loss is the islands gain!