Really a splendid, lovely retirement party for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s Mary Adamski, Helen Altonn and Ben Wood, crowded with co-workers past and present, ranging from Keith Haugen, John Simonds and Leslie Wilcox to the current staff of the merged Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Between the three of them, we’re talking some like 147 combined years of experience. That’s an invaluable memory bank. In other words, they know who the mayor was ten years ago. Journalism isn’t like basketball; your best seasons aren’t your early years. These folks are going out at the top of their game, and it’s Honolulu’s loss.
We appreciate them now. We’re going to miss their expertise later.
The event was at Murphy’s, which has become our home-away-from-home. Entertainment provided by the lovely Mihana Souza, even if she did make me sing with her.