Aloha Laurie!

February 26th, 2009

It’s a sad day in the Star-Bulletin’s Capitol Bureau as today marks Laurie Au’s last day as the newspaper’s City Hall reporter.


Laurie is a victim of the economy — one of the 17 members of our newsroom staff being laid off at the end of this month as a result of cost-cutting moves by the Star-Bulletin.

Of course, we’ll sincerely miss all of our colleagues who are leaving, but here at the Star-Bulletin’s office in the Capitol basement, Laurie, Richard Borreca and myself are a fairly tight-knit bunch.

Laurie joined the Star-Bulletin in March of 2007 and became the City Hall reporter in July of that year, replacing Crystal Kua, who moved on to become the communications director for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Luckily, we know she will land on her feet. She already has secured a job on the mainland.

Please join us in wishing Laurie good luck as she embarks on the next step in her journalism career, as a county reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger.

Aloha Laurie! You’ll be missed!

Laurie cupcake
^^A good-bye cupcake from Hokulani Bake Shop.

6 Responses to “Aloha Laurie!”

  1. Lorraine R. Inouye:

    Aloha Laurie,
    Best wishes in your future endeavors. Having had the opportunity to cover City Hall at your entry into journalism field and of course, the Political arena as well, will open many doors for you and to your resume’ . I look forward to see the day on your return to Hawaii, matured and polished. GO GET ‘EM GIRL… Good Luck Lorraine

  2. Nestor Garcia:

    Hello Laurie!

    I heartily agree with Lorraine – you will do well. This “bump on the road” is what everyone has to negotiate – so enjoy the journey – and don’t forget us here in the islands as you move on to the next mileage marker in your life. Spoken like someone who was once Transportation Chair – hah!



  3. Georgette Deemer:

    Congratulations on your new position at the Newark Star-Ledger! Go forth and have a stellar career and a fabulous life.

  4. Erika Engle:

    Aloha Laurie!
    This is to publicly acknowledge (disgracefully long overdue, I must confess), that without Laurie Au, my work might never have been considered, let alone awarded, by SBA-Hawaii.
    Mahalo mahalo mahalo Laurie, for your recommendation!
    Not for nuttin’ — I wish youse da best at da new job in Newahk. (Watch the Sopranos to get a feel for da lingo.) You’ll do great there, fuhgeddaboudit!
    Please stay connected to us through FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc!
    Love, hugs, and aloha always,
    – Erika

  5. Blake Oshiro:

    Aloha Laurie! It is sad to see you go and unfortunate that I will no longer be seeing you around the capitol. But my most sincere congratulations on your new position and best of luck. Go Chargers!!!

  6. damon:

    Rod Thompson Swan Song video on the closure here:

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