Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar (also founder of Civil Beat) are on the Big Island right now and just finished a luncheon with business and community leaders at the Imiloa Astronomy Center.
They were here to announce their new start-up “HuffPost Hawaii“.
Aloha! I’m here for the launch of our newest edition, HuffPost Hawaii. We are delighted to be partnering with Honolulu Civil Beat, a beacon of journalism in Hawaii focusing on public affairs and investigative reporting, with deep roots in the local culture. In its three years, Civil Beat has committed itself to the mission of its founder, Pierre Omidyar — who also founded eBay — and has created a “a vibrant civic square.”
They arrived a little after 12:00 this afternoon and then were ushered into a private room where Huffington and Omidyar held a conference call with some folks on the mainland and talked about their trip so far.
Once the livestream began, we all had to be completely quiet in the room as the microphones were very sensitive.
After the Livestream, Arianna and Pierre got a short tour of the Imiloa Astronomy Center where they learned about what was going on at the place.
After the tour of the center, they moved into a ballroom where folks from the community were invited to a luncheon hosted by the two.
After the lunch, Arianna and Pierre talked to audience members about their new upstart and why they started it. They also invited folks to contact the HuffPost Hawaii if they would like to blog for them.
After their short introduction and talk… they took time to mingle with community members.
…By bringing together Civil Beat’s local journalism expertise with the Huffington Post’s global platform, HuffPost Hawaii will be a powerful forum for storytelling and the exchange of ideas, a place to celebrate Hawaii’s way of life and to put the spotlight on what needs improving. It has been such a pleasure working with Pierre Omidyar, as well as Civil Beat’s general manager Jayson Harper and of course Civil Beat’s editor Patti Epler, who I’m thrilled will be HuffPost Hawaii’s editor-in-chief. Our team at HuffPost Hawaii will also include associate editors Gabriela Aoun and Chloe Fox, and social media editors Gene Park and Carla Herreria…
More here on Arianna’s opening post for the HuffPost Hawaii: Aloha! Introducing HuffPost Hawaii.
- Pierre Omidyar: Hawaii News Coverage Expands with Launch of HuffPost Hawaii (huffingtonpost.com)
- Arianna Huffington: Aloha! Introducing HuffPost Hawaii (huffingtonpost.com)
- Huffington, Omidyar launch HuffPost Hawaii website (bizjournals.com)
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