Sabrina Bodon named editor of The Garden Island

LIHU‘E — The Garden Island has named reporter Sabrina Bodon as its new editor.

Bodon moved to Kaua‘i just as the pandemic shut down the island last year, and quickly adapted to the Kaua‘i culture as she worked as the paper’s public-safety and local-government journalist.

“We’re coming off of such an incredible past year where we’ve continued to print our newspaper every day in the face of uncertainty,” Bodon said. “Continuing the momentum that we had throughout the pandemic is my goal.”

When asked what her vision for the newspaper, Bodon said she is thinking about digital-first initiatives for TGI’s local coverage as the paper continues to inform the people of Hawai‘i. While in-between editors, Bodon stepped up to help direct and lead news coverage.

“We’ve been inside for the past year, and we stayed safe for the most part, but we’re now able to go out and have in-person events that were canceled the last year,” Bodon said. “We’re going to keep covering the news and showing up in the office every single day.”

A Pennsylvania native, Bodon grew up in the Pocono Mountains, and cares deeply for her Filipino and Puerto Rican heritage. Before joining The Garden Island, Bodon was a staff writer at the Times Free Press in Chattanooga, Tenn. Bodon holds a degree in journalism from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Bodon can be reached at 808-245-0441 or

  1. RGLadder37 July 25, 2021 1:13 am Reply

    I think the first amendment is my favorite amendment. I can buy any gadgets I want. Any services I want. And set up my home computer with any gadgets connected to it. And type in anything I want on the blog. Within its guidelines. That’s great !

  2. Perry White July 25, 2021 2:26 am Reply

    “I want the name of this flying whatchamacallit to go with the Daily Planet like bacon and eggs, franks and beans, death and taxes, politics and corruption”. -Perry White

    Be the Kenji Price for Kauai.

  3. Ken Conklin July 25, 2021 5:40 am Reply

    Congratulations to Sabrina Bodon on becoming the editor of The Garden Island newspaper. She came to Kaua’i after numerous earlier jobs in journalism in various places. Thus there is hope that she can bring to Kaua’i much-needed objectivity in the selection of which stories are worth reporting and how those stories should be reported in a fair and balanced way. One thing I discovered from decades of teaching is that I always learned subject-matter more deeply during the course of trying to explain it to others. Certainly a journalist from outside will learn a lot about local history and current situations when interviewing people and writing news reports; and what she learns will be open to fresh perspectives.

  4. Robert Weiner MD July 25, 2021 7:14 am Reply

    We’ll be looking to see how journalism plays out under this new editor.
    Will there be endless Pandemic Pop Quizzes spreading fear and doubt about vaccines
    proven safe and effective on millions of American? Will there be guest editorials about scientific subjects by people who have no credentials and sight no checkable facts?
    We don’t have to blame only Fox News and Facebook for spreading misinformation,
    we have see that local newspapers are pretty good at doing this.

  5. RGLadder37 July 25, 2021 7:07 pm Reply

    One more thing about the first amendment right: you can set up your own coalition from home. Just to make sure you get what you want. No payment to unqualified politicians. It’s easy to spot.

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