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Posted on: Sunday, January 28, 2001

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Advertiser Staff

Rod Ohira has joined The Honolulu Advertiser after 31 years at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Ohira will be a general assignment reporter whose specialty will be telling stories about the people of Honolulu.

"The person I’m writing about may be best friend of your cousin’s neighbor," he said. "The key is knowing how to talk to local people and, to do it, you have to feel what they feel."

Ohira, 53, graduated from St. Louis School and Chaminade College.

While Ohira was still in college, the late Carl Machado hired him as a part-time reporter for the Star-Bulletin sports department. He was hired as a full-time sports reporter/columnist in 1969 by Jim Hackleman.

Ohira covered high school sports, the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Islanders beat, and served as assistant sports editor for 13 years before becoming a news reporter in 1988.

"I’m grateful for opportunities and training I received at the Star-Bulletin," Ohira said. "Leaving was a difficult decision, but I had become too comfortable within a system I enjoyed working in.

"I like working on the edge and challenging myself to stay sharp."

He can be reached by calling 535-8181 or The Advertiser city desk at 525-8090.

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