2014: Year in Review

Written by: Vina Cristobal
Founding editor-in-chief

Our first year was so exciting! Many changes have come on the up-and-up since we first launched the magazine’s concept in 2013. We had no idea who we were going to meet or where this magazine would take us.

Our first ever sponsor and featured was Jon Jon from Glorified Supply Company, who we are still close with to this day. It wasn’t until March or early April that we started receiving hype about HNL Flow around the Chaminade campus (where most of us are attending school). When we hit that “Publish” button for Issue 1, my whole news feed blew up with comments and shares towards the Flow Fam.

I’m not going to go too in-depth with the obstacles, because we did face a lot of them. We didn’t take any of these personally – every one of those challenges were lessons to be learned. Of course, it didn’t stop us from achieving more goals as time went by.

We’ve reached more than 1,000 followers and counting on Instagram. We were invited as media for the 2014 Na Hoku music awards (the Hawaii version of the Grammys). We featured popular brands like Red Label Clothing and Crappy Kids, and worked with world-renowned beatboxer Jason Tom. At 20 years old, I became the youngest founding editor-in-chief of a magazine in Hawaii’s history (not sure if they have an award for that…but it happened). Many more achievements have happened…but it couldn’t have been made possible with the support of family, friends and our readers.

2015 is going to be HUGE. I mean, HUGE for HNL Flow. We’re currently renovating our website, and we got a new logo. We can’t be more thankful than that.

Small things can mean so much, and I am grateful to all those who have supported and knocked us over along the way.

Here’s to 2015: a new year, but the same old Flow.

Best,

Vina

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