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Here we go!

July 24, 2009 - Mark Vieth
 Aloha and welcome to the revamped Lahaina News Web site. We’re excited about the look and new features.  

One cool new option is “Breaking News.” Next time Honoapiilani Highway is on fire, or an 18-wheeler packed with Spam flips over in the Pali Tunnel, we’ll post details so you don’t join the two-lane parking lot from the West Side to Maalaea.  

And Lahaina News will now have guest bloggers on a variety of topics, including Lahaina’s incredible history, area events and Hawaiian culture. (We’ll leave libelous breaking news on Hollywood and major American sports to the 37-year-olds who type from Mom’s house in Garanimals.)   

If you have an idea for a blog, e-mail me at or call 667-7866. We hope to run a wide variety of them.

Other features of the new site include:

• Calendars. Look for us to have a calendar that should help you better plan your daily lives. Have something you want to submit to the calendar, you can do so directly from the site.

• More polls. You will find more chances to express your opinion on the new site. We plan on using more polls and using them more often, sometimes within a story itself.

• User comments. Users are free to comment on most stories they read on the site. We think that involving the readers more through polls and comments will add a human touch to the site as well as make it more relevant to our readers.

• More information in general. The new site allows us to post more information to explain a story. With the new site we can post more photos with each story, we can provide the reader links to more information and we provide links to documents that may in some case provide background information for a story.

• Registration. Our new site allows readers to register for their own account. Registration is important because it allows you to post comments on stories, blogs and polls.

• Read the news when and where you want. The site adds a mobile edition that allows you to access the site via your cell phone or PDA device.

• E-mail alerts. Registered users can sign up to get an e-mail whenever an event is posted containing the keywords that interests them.

Advertising options also have been improved on the site. Local business now have more options to get their messages across, including more sizes of ads, even the option to put their newspaper ads on the home page.
Lahaina News will continue to update most of the website content on Thursdays, but check with us throughout the week for web-only content.


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