Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is the largest daily newspaper in Hawaii, formed in 2010 with the merger of The Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin after the acquisition of the former by Black Press, which already owned the latter.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Oahu Publications Inc. (Black Press Ltd.)[1]
PublisherDennis Francis[2]
EditorFrank Bridgewater[2]
FoundedJune 7, 2010 (merger between The Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Headquarters7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 500
500 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Circulation205,235 Daily and 164,458 Sunday per the 6 month ended March 31, 2022 News Media Statement from the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM)


On February 25, 2010, Canadian publisher Black Press Ltd., which owned the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, purchased The Honolulu Advertiser, then owned by Gannett Corporation for $125 million. As part of the deal to acquire the Advertiser, Black Press agreed to place the Star-Bulletin on the selling block. If no buyer came forward by March 29, 2010, Black Press would start making preparations to operate both papers through a transitional management team and then combine the two dailies into one.

On March 30, 2010, three parties came forward with offers to buy the Star-Bulletin, but a month later on April 27, 2010, the bids were rejected because their bids for the Star-Bulletin was below the minimum liquidation price. Black Press canceled the sale and proceeded with transition plans, which came on the same day that they were approved to take over the Advertiser by the United States Department of Justice.[3][4] On May 3, 2010, a new company set up by Black Press, HA Management, took over the operations of the paper, while Black Press continued overseeing the Star-Bulletin during a 30- to 60-day transition period, after which both papers merged into one daily, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Both the Advertiser and the Star-Bulletin published their final editions as separate publications on June 6, 2010,[5] and Black Press officially launched the Honolulu Star-Advertiser as a broadsheet morning daily on June 7, 2010. Although it acknowledges its history as two different daily newspapers, it tends to favor the Star-Bulletin because of its historical background.[citation needed]

Format and operationsEdit

Prior to the merger, the Honolulu Advertiser published in broadsheet format while the Honolulu Star-Bulletin published in tabloid format. The Star-Advertiser uses the Advertiser's broadsheet format, while using a modified Star-Bulletin masthead (with the name "Advertiser" replacing "Bulletin" in the masthead's blackletter font).

The newsroom for the combined paper is out of the former Star-Bulletin offices in Restaurant Row, with the paper printed and distributed from the Advertiser's facilities in Kapolei. About 453 jobs were eliminated in the consolidation, leaving a combined staff of 474.

In 2011, the Star-Advertiser formed a partnership with Hawaii News Now to combine stories, investigative reporting, political news researching and polling of issues that affect the people of Hawaii.

The paper sells in retail outlets for $1.50 on Oahu daily and $3.00 on Sunday.


  1. ^ a b "Building a Better Newspaper for You". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. June 7, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Bridgewater, Frank (June 7, 2010). "Staffs Combine to Carry on Isles' Journalism Tradition". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Daysog, Rick (April 27, 2010). "Star-Bulletin owner gets green light for purchase of Advertiser". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  4. ^ Ako, Diane (April 29, 2010). "Bye, Bulletin". The Honolulu Advertiser. Archived from the original on May 5, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  5. ^ Schaefers, Allison (May 2, 2010). "Newspaper giant leaves the islands". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved June 7, 2010. Daysog, Rick (May 3, 2010). "Press Run Ends for Gannett in Isles". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved June 7, 2010. Kerr, Keoki (May 12, 2010). "Merged Honolulu Star-Advertiser Begins June 7". KITV. Archived from the original on January 21, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2010.

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