Another successful year has come and gone for The Molokai News, the hyperlocal news blog that has been posting stories fives times a week since 2009.
In January of 2013, The Molokai News moved to a new platform and a new look. The site now has more control over its design and has several new features, including the ability to embed video and include advertising.
Hawaii has been in the news a lot in 2013 as many its residents have taken a stand against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). A law banning these bioengineered crops passed on the Big Island while another law passed in Kauai requires the GMO farmers to report the types and amounts of pesticides they are using. Locally, an agreement was reached between Monsanto and the County of Maui requiring disclosure of the company’s restricted-use pesticides and all information about related practices.
As a result of this interest in the ongoing GMO issue, The Molokai News story “Food fight: The safety of growing GMO crops” was the most highly read story on the site in 2013. The story was originally published as the third part of a six-part series that appeared The Molokai Dispatch in 2009. The story follows Monsanto employees to the fields where they work and also interviews Paul Koehler, Manager of Scientific and Community Affairs for Monsanto Hawaii, as well as biotechnology critic Jeffrey Smith, author of the book “Seeds of Deception.” By showing opposing viewpoints, The Molokai News hopes to offer an informed and balanced perspective on this highly controversial issue.
Over the year, The Molokai News averaged 8,236 views per month, totaling almost 100,000 page views for 2013, slightly more than in 2012.
Here is a list of the top 23 stories of the year listed by the number of unique views each received:
1. Food fight: The safety of growing GMO crops, 1,478
2. Death of one tough cookie — Larry Helm: July 27, 1942—June 19, 2013, 1,282
3. Investigation reveals Walter Ritte broke Hawaii campaign spending laws: Big deal or so what? 1,219
4. Ke Nani Kai residents receive $3.87 million jury award against condo association, 1,067
5. Gunshots heard at Kualapu’u Elementary School, 859
6. Sunday proclaimed by state as ‘Na Wahine O Ke Kai’ day, 801
7. Cause of fatal helicopter crash in Puko’o still undetermined, 663
8. The circus is coming to town! Sponsorships available, 658
9. Makani Kai to fly to Molokai five times daily starting tomorrow, 628
10. Molokai bids farewell to Larry Helm, 581
11. ‘March in March’ culminates statewide protest of GMOs, 570
12. Arrest made in livestock shooting on Kalae ranch, 548
13. Life of kumu hula Moana Dudoit remembered and celebrated, 492
14. Ikehu Project hopes to convert island to 100 percent renewable energy, 455
15. Death of Honouliwai woman investigated as murder, 451
16. Opinion: Same sex marriage in Hawaii creates potential impact and concerns for traditional religious institutions, 411
17. Molokai shows population decline over the past decade, 405
18. Health violations shut down Kanemitsu Bakery for second time this year, 370
19. Na Wahine o Ke Kai and Molokai Hoe organizing committees working together for first time, 366
20. Big Wind dead: Molokai Ranch does not renew land deal with Molokai Renewables, 350
21. ‘Not even once:’ Hawaii Meth Project brings its message to Molokai, 345
22. Island Air sold to Lanai owner Larry Ellison, 336
23. My dad is a tough cookie. And I’ll tell you why, 329
Looking forward to an even better 2014! Aloha and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!
— David Lichtenstein, editor/publisher