Three months ago we announced Civil Beat’s partnership with the Huffington Post. Today, we are proud to introduce HuffPost Hawaii. (The site will go live at 6 a.m. Hawaii time.)

Thanks to the power of the interwebs, you can follow along with us this week as we celebrate the launch of HuffPost Hawaii. Our travels include stops on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island and we’ll be showcasing several familiar (and maybe a few not-so-familiar) places and people along the way. You can join us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using #AlohaHuffPost and by following our Twitter handles @HuffPostHawaii @CivilBeat @AriannaHuff and @Pierre.

HuffPost Hawaii is full of news — from international and national stories to blogs by local community members, and everything in between. We’re especially proud that HuffPost Hawaii will feature select content from Civil Beat, so that we can more broadly share the opportunities and challenges attached to life in paradise.

Patti Epler, editor of Civil Beat and now also editor-in-chief of HuffPost Hawaii, shares her thoughts about one of the many lessons Hawaii has to share with the world, namely patience and tolerance. You can read her column here. In a related post, Arianna Huffington discusses the many reasons that led to the Huffington Post partnership in Hawaii. We’re proud to be counted amongst the Huffington Post’s prestigious community of partners, and look forward to sharing everything Hawaii has to offer the rest of the world.

As for Civil Beat, we’re more energized than ever before. With three years of experience reporting on the issues that matter most to the people of Hawaii, our vision is clearer on what remains to be done. We’ve tried some new things, we’ve eliminated some old things and we continue to push ourselves to produce results for the people of Hawaii that ultimately lead to a better quality of life.

Our team is inspired by the goal of bringing you investigative journalism that has local impact, and helps set a new standard in Hawaii about what it means for leaders to be responsive to their community. We also want to celebrate and share successes from Hawaii that might be models for others locally, and maybe even beyond our shores. We will continue to innovate and experiment with a variety of news, features, and tools that lead to impact on, and engagement with, all segments of our diverse population.

We’re fortunate to live in a place where communities are tightly-knit and interconnected. We may not have the large population of other locales, but as the famous quote attributed to cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead tells us, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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