H.C.R. NO.









Celebrating the Eightieth Anniversary of Ka Leo O Hawai`i.



WHEREAS, on September 19, 1922, a group of students at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa started the campus' first weekly newspaper, The Hawaii Mirror, "to unite the student body and give the people of the Territory an opportunity to keep in touch with what is going on at the University"; and

WHEREAS, the name of that newspaper was changed by a student vote two months later to Ka Leo O Hawai`i, the Voice of Hawai`i; and

WHEREAS, Ka Leo O Hawai`i has been a training ground for community leaders and professional journalists and photographers such as Yasuo Baron Goto, Walter Short, Shuzo Sakamaki, Hiram Fong, Reuben Tam, Joshua Agsalud, Gerald Kato, Jerry Burris, Gregg Takayama, Diane Yukihiro Chang, Betty Shimabukuro, and Jim McCoy, among hundreds of others in the islands and around the world; and

WHEREAS, the University of Hawai`i has remained committed to a free college press by allowing students to make their own decisions about what should be covered; and

WHEREAS, Ka Leo O Hawai`i writers have sometimes "scooped" their professional counterparts and have been willing to challenge others who would suppress their First Amendment rights; and

WHEREAS, Ka Leo O Hawai`i is one of the few college newspapers where students handle all aspects of their operation: from writing to editing, designing, advertising, and printing their own newspaper; and

WHEREAS, Ka Leo O Hawai`i staffers have won national awards for editorial and advertising excellence; and

WHEREAS, Ka Leo O Hawai`i's circulation of fourteen thousand makes it the sixth largest daily in the State, after The Honolulu Advertiser, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, the Hawai`i Tribune-Herald, The Maui News, and West Hawai`i Today; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, the Senate concurring, that the Legislature congratulates Ka Leo O Hawai`i and the University of Hawai`i at Manoa for maintaining their commitment to a free student press for eighty years and respectfully requests them to continue to maintain that tradition; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Editor-in-Chief of Ka Leo O Hawai`i, the President of the University of Hawai`i, and the Chairperson of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai`i.






Report Title:

Eightieth Anniversary of Ka Leo O Hawaii