Oahu Publications Buys Garden Island From Lee


Oahu Publications Inc., publisher of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, on Monday announced that it has purchased The Garden Island from Lee Enterprises. The expected closing date is Feb. 11.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

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The Garden Island, with a total average circulation of 9,509 daily and 8,413 on Sundays, will continue to be published Monday through Friday and Sunday.

“We are pleased that The Garden Island will continue to be owned by a newspaper company with a demonstrated commitment to strong journalism and one that understands the importance of a locally produced daily newspaper on Kauai,” Casey Quel Fitchett, the newspaper’s publisher, said in a statement.

Dennis Francis, OPI president and publisher of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, said the acquisition of the 111-year-old Kauai newspaper demonstrates OPI’s continuing commitment to keeping Hawaii’s newspaper industry healthy and growing.

“We want this newspaper to continue building its journalistic legacy and serving the people of Kauai. We feel strongly that Kauai residents need their own in-depth, locally-produced daily news,” said Francis.

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The Garden Island’s editorial, advertising and some distribution functions will continue under existing staff but production and printing will take place at the Star-Advertiser’s printing facility in Kapolei on Oahu. The newspaper will be flown to Kauai daily for distribution. There will be no change in delivery schedules and no increase in cost for the paper as a result of printing on Oahu.

“We believe this is a great opportunity for The Garden Island’s print and online editions to evolve and expand with our association with the state’s largest media company,” Fitchett said. “Our sole concern is for our readers, and we want them to know that we will continue to put out the best newspaper possible, reflecting the local issues and concerns of Kauai residents.”


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