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Lahaina News writers win SPJ awards

By Staff | Jun 30, 2011

UIC and KK Productions present “War on the Valley Isle” on Friday, July 1, at War Memorial Gym. Steve Molina (left) and Bobby King train out of Sports Club Kahana and represent MMA Built’s “La Familia” fight team. In all-Maui bouts, Molina will fight Justin Cook, and King will battle Davin Santos. Doors open at 5 p.m., and fights start at 6 p.m.

LAHAINA — Lahaina News writers won two first place awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter’s 2010 Excellence in Journalism Awards.

The award ceremony was held Friday on Oahu. Some 354 entries were judged by members of the Greater Oregon Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In the Nondaily Newspaper General News/Enterprise Reporting category, Editor Mark Vieth took first place with “West Maui Health Alliance plans to regroup.”

In the Nondaily Community Reporting contest, Louise Rockett placed first for “Despite challenges, Kahana Door of Faith Church going strong.”

Trisha Smith of the Maui Weekly was a finalist in the Community Reporting category for “Civil Unions Undecided.” She was also a finalist in feature writing for “Roi Roundup 2010.”