Star Advertiser

Star Advertiser

Star Advertiser

What exactly is this mysterious fast-growing company and what are they doing with all their money? There’s the small matter of course of Star’s insane growth of 436% in 2017, which was the year they won 12% of global ad spend. We follow their story and uncover what this inspiring company offers.


I have been a print subscriber for over thirty years through a couple of mergers and accessed the digital edition since it became available. The print edition is okay given the state of the industry but the digital edition seems a second thought as most stories are hours old and updates are well after other news outlets have posted the information. Also the Question/Poll of the day no longer works as the link is bad. I noticed that the number of people responding has dropped by several hundred each day so other readers have had the same problem I ran into.

The first edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser was on June 7, 2010, combining the best of the over century old Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser. The onset of the Advertiser increased the Star-Advertiser newsroom staff to nearly one hundred and twenty, making it the state's largest news-gathering organization. The newspaper is managed by Oahu Publications Inc., a subsidiary of Black Press. (Source: www.hawaiianairlines.com)


Take the Honolulu Star-Advertiser app while you're on the go! Get easy access to breaking news, weather, traffic, as well as premium content, including local features, island food and more. Anyway you want it, we deliver. The Star-Advertiser app is free to download. Users can enjoy unlimited access Top News, Traffic, Weather as well as multimedia including video. The award winning Star-Advertiser Print Replica edition is also available to read page by page. Premium content is marked by a Blue Star to easily navigate through Hawaii’s news. Get breaking news alerts to stay up-to-date with events as they occur.

As Hawai‘i’s oldest continuously-published newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin has a complex history. The paper was first conceived in 1870 as the Daily Marine Bulletin by Henry M. Whitney after he was forced to sell the Pacific Commercial Advertiser--the forerunner of the Honolulu Advertiser--amid criticism for his condemnation of the government’s role in importing labor from Asia. In 1878, James W. Robertson bought Whitney’s firm and continued publishing Whitney’s daily under various titles including the Daily Commercial Bulletin and J.W. Robertson’s Daily Bulletin. Although the lack of any holdings for this period make it difficult to find accurate information about the paper’s form and content, the first printed edition of the Daily Bulletin, launched on February 1, 1882, suggests that the new paper was a continuation of the hand-written sheet Robertson had taken over from Whitney five years earlier: “With this issue commences a new edition of our mornings [sic] Bulletin. After this it will appear in printed form, and will be delivered every morning free […] and if it is received as well as our written ones were, we will be satisfied.” By January 1886, the Daily Bulletin was generally four pages in length, with special issues reaching as many as ten pages. And although paper’s motto boasted “Pledged to neither Sect nor Party. But established for the benefit of all,” the Daily Bulletin staunchly defended the 1887 Bayonet Constitution and the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Beginning May 16, 1895, the Daily Bulletin was continued by the Evening Bulletin, which absorbed Daniel Logan’s short-lived Independent and quickly emerged as a strong advocate for Hawaiian annexation and statehood. On July 1, 1912, the Evening Bulletin merged with the Hawaiian Star to form the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. American businessman Joseph B. Atherton had established the Hawaiian Star in Honolulu as the official voice of the Provisional Government following the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and was consistently pro-American and pro-annexation. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin maintained a consistently pro-American editorial stance. It campaigned strongly in favor of statehood throughout the first half of the 20th century and has promoted American political and economic interests in Hawai‘i ever since. In 2010, Honolulu Star-Bulletin owner David Black of O‘ahu Publications purchased the rival Honolulu Advertiser from Gannett Company and announced plans to merge the two papers; the new paper is called the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. (Source: evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu)


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