One Year Ago Today… The Day We Lost a Hunter to Our Mayor

One of the persons that inspired me to start my blog was former Hawaii Tribune Journalist turned blogger Hunter Bishop.

Public Information Specialist Hunter Bishop and the Mayor at the Puna Geothermal 15 Year Anniversary Celebration

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:

Congrats Hunter!

The Blogging worlds loss is the islands gain!

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for the kind words, Damon. And your advice to Don is correct. We’re happy to add new addresses to our email distribution list. Use the email above to let me know.

  2. Thanks Damon!

    I’ll send in my request as soon as I can.

  3. I was also inspired to start my own blogs from Hunter Bishop. I thought that a different viewpoint was always important no matter what subject you were passionate about. Whether it was sports, politics, etc. but that it gave one an independent avenue for discussions with like-minded individuals or fiery ones with not so like-minded individuals.

    I thought it odd too that he would pick Hunter but I believe it was a great choice too! I don’t get the press releases but someday I might.

    Congratulations Again Hunter!

    • Don – If you would like the press releases sent to you directly, I’m pretty sure the Mayor’s office has an open door policy and will send their releases to anyone interested in them.

      Hunter Bishops Government Email is: hbishop@co.hawaii.hi.us and I don’t think he would have any problem adding ANYONE to the list upon request.

      I was just shocked that I started receiving notices without requesting them when Kenoi first took office.

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