Editor's Notes

As noted here recently, we’ve had a lot of staffing changes at the Weekly over the past month, and our annual Food & Drink issue presents the perfect opportunity to announce the most recent: We’re happy that Martha Cheng has joined the Weekly as Food & Drink editor. Cheng’s writing, which has been appearing here for the better part of two years now, has generated a lot of interest from the food and “foodie” communities, and we’re excited to have her with us in a leadership role.

One of my favorite things about Cheng’s approach is that she is engaged with and interested in the entire food system, from policy to production, preparation to dining. Martha is joining us on a freelance basis, but she’ll be coordinating our coverage of all things food & drink. She can be reached at [email: marthacheng].


The spoken word is in some ways the least interesting part of political messaging. “We like good things, and we hate bad things, and let’s all work together.” Throw in bits of hysterical fear-mongering–in the case of local Democrats, these would be the Charles Djou references–and it’s pretty much the same language whereever you go.

The other stuff–the body language, the visual displays, the paraphernalia–is much more local, more personal. Yes, that means lei, but also the little things that lead to displays like this, seen at the Democratic convention last weekend:

What’s the message here? Abercrombie for Popcorn? Good government begins with eating the right-colored foods? Nah. But it says “Hawaii” somehow, doesn’t it? In a kooky way, it reflects a small part of what makes us us.

There’s more of that on display at these events than you might expect. If you haven’t attended one before, it’s worth a visit sometime. They’re full of well-meaning, everyday people giving of their time to support what they believe is good for Hawaii’s future. Really.