Annie's last day is tomorrow, Jan. 31. She has been an outstanding journalist and wonderful colleague since I came to Hawaii in 1981. She started at the Advertiser the year before in 1980.
She has left her mark with her in-depth coverage for over three decades, especially Wahine volleyball and basketball, as well as local tennis, golf and high school sports.
I never considered her a rival because of our different news cycles for most of our careers, she with the morning and me with the afternoon paper. She is a sports journalist who is respected and admired for her integrity in our craft, here, nationally and internationally. I will miss her and her kindness. We spent many a road trip together, some memorable others not so much. If you ever run into her, ask about the bat (animal) in her room during a road trip with UH men's volleyball.
Anyway, if you would like to send her well wishes you may do so here or email her through tomorrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.