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From left, Ka La adviser Mike Leidemann, outgoing editor Adina Murakami, new editor Ieva Bytautaite and staff member Karla Choto were honored with Pai award

Ka Lā, the student newspaper of Honolulu Community College, has been named the best college newspaper in the state.

The Hawaiʻi Publishers Association awarded Ka Lā first place in the School Newspaper Excellence category at its annual Paʻi awards ceremony held on May 16, 2012 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Judges praised the paper for its professional look and content. “As soon as I looked at it, I knew that this was a paper I would like to read,” one judge commented.

Kā Leo, the student newspaper at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, received second place in the annual competition.

The Hawaiʻi Publishers Association is a nonprofit media organization that promotes the print publishing industry in Hawaiʻi. Paʻi awards were given in 27 categories to professional newspapers, magazines and other print publications in the state.

Ted Dixon, president of the Hawaiʻi Publishers Association, said this year’s Paʻi awards were a good representation of the high-quality work being done to report news.