Your newspaper has been in a process of transition in recent weeks. At the beginning of the month, we bid aloha to Adrienne LaFrance, who had been Managing Editor since 2008. LaFrance now contributes to the Weekly and other organizations on a freelance basis and is already continuing her excellent reporting in this week’s cover story on City budget issues, as well as a piece on this page about the “vexatious requests” bill. Adrienne’s contributions to the Weekly over the past two years are too numerous to list here, and we’re glad her work will remain a part of our coverage.
Last week, we said goodbye to Margot Seeto, who served as Calendar Editor and all-around contributor for nearly three years. Seeto worked under three different editors-in-chief in her first six months at the paper, and as the longest-serving editor on the staff, she became our go-to person for all sorts of institutional knowledge. Margot will also be continuing to contribute here and to other publications.
With two key departures in such close proximity, the pressure was on to find worthy replacements. We spoke to a long list of great candidates and I’m thrilled with how the process worked out.
Ryan Senaga, who has been writing about film, food and all manner of other things for the Weekly for 10 years–“Since I was 17,” he insists, falsely–has joined us as Arts & Entertainment editor. Senaga has long been one of the paper’s most dynamic and worthwhile voices, and he’s looking to expand our reach into music, theater and other areas. Ryan can be reached at [email: rsenaga].
The Weekly’s new Calendar Editor is Shantel Grace, whose byline has been appearing in the paper for the better part of a year. Readers will appreciate Grace’s zeal to build Honolulu’s best and most comprehensive calendar into an even more essential resource, and we’re lucky to have her in this role. Contact Shantel at [email: calendar].
Thanks as always for reading Honolulu Weekly, and mahalo to arriving and departing friends alike.