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Celebrating The First Year

A few words from our publishers, Taylor Stutts and Johnny Gillespie

As we print our anniversary issue, it feels amazing to look back on our first year. We’ve been privileged to share the stories of so many incredible people and places. It takes a remarkable team to pull together a publication like this, so we want to take a moment to thank a few who have been instrumental in making Kona Coast City Lifestyle possible. 

First, we want to thank our wives. Julia and Jenni, you gave us permission to go on this journey and the support we needed to give our best. You are both priceless.

We’d also like to thank Winton and Carrie Nicholson, for offering kind advice and opening doors. Mattson Davis for giving wisdom and being an ally. David Dukveres, you gave us the push we needed. Tor Koyanagi and Tad Nottage for being some of the first to trust us with advertising in a magazine that didn’t yet exist. We’d like to thank all our launch advertising partners for trusting us. 

We want to thank our local team. John-Mark, you have a creative eye for style that has guided the look and feel of the publication. Matias, your excellence and attention to detail have made the content great. Crystal, for taking all the admin we struggle to do, and making it look easy. 

Thank you to all our writers and photographers, especially Margaret Kearns and Josh Fletcher, for helping us start the magazine with top-tier content! 

Lastly, we want to thank all of you who read this magazine every month. You are who we do this for, and we are so grateful for the encouragement you’ve given and the feedback you’ve offered. Let’s keep making this great together.

It’s been an amazing year and a great start. As we look ahead, we will continue to invest in top-tier content, expand the publication's reach, and grow the features of the best businesses on the island. We will be true to our mission to provide remarkable home-grown articles that feature the best our coastline has to offer. We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Lastly, we want to thank all of you who read this magazine every month. You are who we do this for, and we are so grateful for the encouragement you’ve given and the feedback you’ve offered.

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