Hi everyone. Anna Weaver here. I was the reporter/photographer at the Hawaii Catholic Herald from 2006-2010, and I’ve recently returned as associate editor. It’s good to be back!
Since leaving, I’ve worked at The Catholic Standard newspaper in Washington D.C. and Northwest Catholic magazine in Seattle. I’ve also added a master’s degree in multi-platform journalism to my resume. I bring that up to say that my journalism training tells me to avoid conflicts of interest whenever possible in covering assignments.
But I have to say that in returning to Hawaii and to the “Catholic Hawaii” reporting world, it’s going to be a little harder for me to not find some connection to this or that story.
Hawaii isn’t that big of state. I was born and raised here, went to Catholic grade and high school here, have a grandfather and a father who were ordained deacons for the Diocese of Honolulu, and parents who have been long-time Catholic school educators. It’s harder to avoid bumping into fish I don’t know in this small pond. 🙂
That being said, in one of my first assignments back at the Herald, I wrote about the 50th class reunion for the eighth grade graduating Class of 1968 from St. Anthony School in Kailua. St. Anthony is my home parish and where I went to grade school. My dad, aunts, uncle, brothers and cousins went there. My mom teaches there. Oi! Lots of conflicts.
My eighth grade class yearbook page
However, it was our editor (also a St. Anthony, Kailua, graduate) who came up with the story idea. And when you see a good story, you go with it. We think it’s pretty noteworthy that such a large number of this Windward Oahu Catholic school’s Class of 1968 are getting together for the first time since eighth grade. They graduated during a seminal year in U.S. history and are celebrating 50 years since their junior high days were done.
So here’s to all the Catholic school graduates out there. Hope you enjoy this glimpse into old friends reuniting.