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The Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Oahu Publications Inc. (Subsidiary of Black Press Ltd.)[1]
Publisher Dennis Francis[1]
Editor Frank Bridgewater[1]
Founded 1912 (Merger between Evening Bulletin and Hawaiian Star)
Headquarters Restaurant Row, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210
500 Ala Moana, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.  United States [1]
Circulation 64,073 Morning
60,158 Sunday[2]
Official website

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, is the second largest daily newspaper in the state of Hawaiʻi (the largest being the Honolulu Advertiser.) The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and a sister publication called MidWeek, is owned by Black Press of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The newspaper is administered by a council of local Hawaii investors.


Farrington Era

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin published the first Extra Edition after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin was founded in 1882 by J. W. Robertson and Company as the Evening Bulletin, publishing its first edition on February 1 of that year. In 1912 it merged with the Hawaiian Star to become the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Wallace Rider Farrington, who later became territorial Governor of Hawaii, was the editor of the newspaper from 1898 and the president and publisher from 1912 until his death. His son Joseph Rider Farrington succeeded him and served as president and publisher until his own death in 1954. From 1962 it was owned by a local group of investors led by Elizabeth P. Farrington and operated under a joint operating agreement with the Honolulu Advertiser that allowed the two papers to use the same printing facilities and sales personnel (the Hawaii Newspaper Agency) while maintaining separate fully competitive editorial staffs and providing Honolulu with two distinct editorial "voices."

Gannett Era

Gannett Pacific Corporation, a subsidiary of Gannett Corporation and currently the owner of the Honolulu Advertiser, purchased the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1971 under the terms of the existing joint operating agreement. The terms of the joint operating agreement did not allow one company to own both newspapers, so in 1993, Gannett sold the Honolulu Star-Bulletin to Liberty Newspapers so that it could purchase the Honolulu Advertiser. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin's circulation was allowed to decline thereafter and staffing reduced.

On September 16, 1999, Liberty Newspapers announced that it planned to close the Honolulu Star-Bulletin the following month.[3] The decision was met with fierce resistance in the community and lawsuits were filed against Liberty and Gannett by the state and by concerned citizens' groups. The shutdown was postponed with an injunction by a federal district judge two weeks before the scheduled date of closure.

Black Era

In April 2000, Liberty Newspapers offered the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for sale. The action once again threatened the closure of the publication, but in November of that year, Canadian publishing magnate David Black announced his intent to purchase the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. When the purchase was finalized in 2001, the joint operating agreement came to an end and Black moved the paper's administration and editorial offices to new headquarters in Restaurant Row near Honolulu Harbor. The newspaper is printed in Kaneohe, on the presses of the Star-Bulletin's sister publication, MidWeek. [4] (Black had purchased MidWeek shortly before the Star-Bulletin deal was closed -- and at a time when no one in the local business community was aware that it was for sale.) In 2006, entertainment columnist Tim Ryan was fired for plagiarizing a number of stories during his time at the Star-Bulletin; similarities were first noted between Ryan's December 22 review of the History Channel documentary "Secrets of the Black Box: Aloha Flight 243" and the film's Wikipedia article. [5][6]

Notable reporters


  1. ^ a b c d Star-Bulletin Information page,, retrieved 2008-02-24  
  2. ^ Kelly, Jim (September 28, 2007), "Star-Bulletin reports circulation of 64,000", Pacific Business News (Honolulu: American City Business Journals),, retrieved 2008-05-20  
  3. ^ "Star-Bulletin will close Oct. 30 after 117 years", Honolulu Star-Bulletin, September 16, 1999,, retrieved 2008-02-24  
  4. ^ "Bulletin faces more challenges in future", Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 15, 2001,, retrieved 2008-02-24  
  5. ^ Frank Bridgewater (January 13, 2006). "Inquiry prompts reporter's dismissal". Honolulu Star-Bulletin.  
  6. ^ Michael Snow (January 2, 2006). "Reporter plagiarizes Wikipedia". Wikipedia Signpost.  

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