“In” an island or “on” one?
A reader in Portland, Oregon, sent me a lovely email complimenting an article I wrote, which had just posted online. The headline made me gasp: "A Local Shares Things to Do in Oahu." It's true, I'm a local to O‘ahu (which I spell the Hawaiian way), and it's true that in the article I share some of my favorite things to do there.
But "in" O‘ahu? This is one of my pet peeves. I most frequently see "in Maui," but it doesn't matter which island you're talking about; non-locals don't seem to get that O‘ahu and Maui are islands, not cities.
Thankfully, the offending headline of my article was online. I emailed my editor, she agreed with me, and—Presto!—the preposition was fixed. Curious? Read the article here.