I picked up a copy of
last week while on vacation and liked it a lot. I’ve been a journalist for 20 years myself. One small thing I wanted to point out. The cover statement “Maui’s only independent & locally-owned newspaper” does not need a hyphen. “Locally” is an adverb, and the “ly” at the end of adverbs takes the place of hyphens. In other words, you could write it is “a local-owned paper” or “a locally owned paper.” You can see how the first one needs a hyphen for clarity, but the second doesn’t.
Don’t take this as one of those nit-picky letters readers write to gloat about any little typo they find. I wouldn’t point out a one-time mistake or even bring it up if I didn’t like the paper, but this is right on the cover and it’s a standing head that’s going to be used every week.