Star-Bulletin travel writer wins award
"Hawaii's Backyard" columnist Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi won a bronze award in the Travel Column category of the Society of American Travel Writers-Western Chapter's Writing Competition.
The winning entry consisted of three stories that appeared in the Star-Bulletin last year:
» "Tour Guide Never Tires of Mule Ride" (Jan. 16)
» "Soaring on Kauai" (March 27)
» "Catch a Few Rays" (April 3)
"Hawaii's Backyard" competed with travel columns appearing in newspapers and magazines in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Mexico.
The judges said, "The narrowly focused destination pieces on specific Hawaiian sites start with a good lead that puts the reader immediately on the spot.
"The author quotes tour guides or experts leading the activities extensively (and) takes the reader along on the adventure. The entries offer readers information about activities that might be unfamiliar and, somewhat subtly, encouragement to try them."
Now in its 50th year, SATW is a tax-exempt professional association whose purpose is to promote responsible journalism, provide professional support and development for members, and encourage the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide.
Members include 1,260 writers, photographers, editors, electronic media and journalists, film lecturers, broadcast/video/film producers and public relations representatives. In magazines and newspapers, travel books and guides, radio and television programs, SATW members provide complete, accurate and interesting information on travel destinations, facilities and services.
Believing that travel is a bridge between peoples, the society aims to make and keep travel a quality experience for everyone.