Meet the Media – Nina Wu, Features Reporter at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Meet Nina Wu, Features Reporter at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser 
Nina Wu1. What’s your top story for today?
I just wrote a story about a garden in Ewa Beach, Oahu, that a kumu hula created as a healing place for cancer survivors. She’s a two-time cancer survivor herself. The garden even has a resident pet rooster that adopted her.

2.     Tell us about your dream assignment.
I love Hawaiian monk seals (they’re a critically endangered species in Hawaii) and would love to witness the release of one someday, or even go to the Northwestern Hawaiian islands to watch them in nature. NOAA is caring for these monk seals and helping them survive.

3.     Describe the wackiest story you’ve written.
When I was in San Francisco, I worked Sundays and covered many of their parades, some were quite colorful and interesting…

4.     What is your PR pet peeve?
Perhaps when a story is held because you just need one detail confirmed and you’re waiting to hear back. I like it when they at least let you know they are working on it and will get back to you soon.
5.     Top trend in the industry you’re currently covering or are interested in.
Solar power has so much potential in Hawaii, and I’m waiting to see whether or not our utility will indeed be sold to one based in Florida. And wondering whether Hawaii will really achieve its goal of 100 percent renewables in the future.

6.     Tell us a little about yourself.
I graduated from the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, enjoy hiking and the ocean, have a four-legged child (a Springer Spaniel named Kona, age 8) and a two-legged child named Brandon, age 4. I cover general assignment features stories, so I write a lot of human interest stories, but I’m also interested in gardens, people’s collections and fitness profiles. Soon, I head to the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo to cover Hawaii’s biggest cultural event, a competition considered the Olympics of hula. I’m also a Green Leaf columnist/blogger with a focus on sustainability issues. You can follow me on Twitter @ecotraveler.
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6 thoughts on “Meet the Media – Nina Wu, Features Reporter at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

  1. Nina – thanks so much for contributing! You are working from one of my favorite places in the whole world. We love so much about Honolulu – Doris Duke’s Shangri-La, the Halekulani, mai tais on the beach. And we’ll make sure if we’re working with you on a story that we always get you information on time! Cheers, David

  2. Nina,
    Thanks for your submission. I love Hawaii and hope that the special wildlife there can thrive and am glad there are others like you hoping for the same. FYI on solar – we bought a system for our home and it will pay for itself in 7 years. My electric bill has been zero about every third month and a lot less than it used to be.
    Sean

  3. Thanks for your post, Nina! I would imagine that being a Features Reporter would be one of the most interesting positions in any newsroom since you have an opportunity to dig deeper to get your story. Looking forward to seeing what else you’re able to uncover in regards to solar power in Hawaii.

  4. Thank you for your excellent post Nina! I’ve always loved my time on Oahu and find it to be a special place. As an Alaskan, we always picture Hawaii as our sibling State 🙂

  5. Thanks for contributing to our blog, Nina! As a Californian, it’s interesting to get a glimpse of how Hawaii media operates. It’s also nice to hear from a fellow Cal Bear 🙂

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