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KauaiWorld.com is visited every day by readers from across Kaua’i, across

Hawai’i and across the globe.

Our latest counts show over 1400 readers surf

to our Web site each day for Kaua’i and Ni’ihau news and information.

The

main attraction is our posting of news stories and color photos from the daily

issue of The Garden Island. Classified ads are another big attraction, along

with an archive of past stories that offers a look at every major

Kaua’i-related front page story from late November 1999 onward.

Our Web

site counters are also showing a lot of interest in our Kaua’i surfing and tide

reports, our daily interactive weather report from Accuweather that features a

satellite weather map updated throughout the day, our up-to-date community

calendar, and interactive TV listings.

Placing all this information online

for free is a service to our readers, one that enhances the value of our print

publications, and one that gives The Garden Island a global reach. And

KauaiWorld.com allows us to communicate in ways that are impossible to do in

print. One example is offering readers a way to instantly give feedback to our

editor and reporters through e-mail links placed at the end of each story

posted.

We can also offer expanded sections on topics of interest like our

Decision 2000 election series that appears on the front page of The Garden

Island. Look for the distinctive logo at the bottom of the front page of

KauaiWorld.com; a click will take you to a link to an archive of stories from

The Garden Island dealing with this year’s election. This allows a thorough

overview of election campaigns underway on Kaua’i – this hasn’t been available

before in print. It’s a snap to refer back to a story say from six weeks ago on

the County Council election, or to read about candidates running for the state

House or Senate.

Another community service is working with the County of

Kaua’i and its consultants to offer online copies of documents like the draft

versions of the new General Plan Update. Through a program named Adobe Acrobat,

we are able to give online, 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week access to a

downloadable and online printable public document. No more waiting for the

mailman, or making a special trip to the library or a county office to read

such critically important documents. In Acrobat, you can even cut and paste

text sections of the document into your own word processor.

Watch for live

election night posting of results for the primary and general election this

fall and other Internet-only special news features in the near future.

Also

watch for this column as a regular FYI feature. If you have any comments about

KauaiWorld.com, ideas about sections to add to the Web site, or a request for

information on using KauaiWorld.com please e-mail me at [

HREF=”mailto:kauaieditor@pulitzer.net”>kauaieditor@pulitzer.net].

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