May is Membership Month

This month, PRSA Hawaii’s membership team offers great promotions for our current members:

 

REFER A FRIEND PROMOTION – STAY AT MARRIOTT!
You’ve been working hard and your well-deserved summer staycation is just around the corner. Refer a friend and you’ll automatically have a chance to win a one-night stay at the lovely Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Just email the membership team at membership@prsahawaii.org and let us know when the referral takes place. No purchase necessary.

FREE MONTH OF CIVIL BEAT
Honolulu Civil Beat, Hawaii’s investigative news site just turned one on May 4. To celebrate, they’d like to offer a FREE one month subscription to all PRSA Hawaii members. All you need to do is register HERE with an email address and you’ll receive:

  • Access to unlimited content on CivilBeat.com
  • Delivery of the Morning Beat email 6 days a week, keeping you in the loop on Hawaii’s most important issues
  • Commenting privileges in discussion forums

As a bonus, you’ll automatically be entered to win a new iPad 2.

Good luck, and thank you Waikiki Beach Marriott and Civil Beat!

If you have questions or are interested in joining one of PRSA Hawaii’s committees, please contact our membership committee of Rebecca Pang, Erica Yamauchi or Franzi Roessy at membership@prsahawaii.org.

Be a Leader! PRSA Looks to Fill its National Board of Directors and Assembly

PRSA is searching for a few accomplished, dedicated leaders to serve on its National Board of Directors and in the Assembly. Serving as a national leader for PRSA is an exciting and unique opportunity to:

* Guide the world’s largest organization of public relations professionals;
* Shape the future of the profession;
* Be recognized for your accomplishments; and
* Have fun while making friends and meting new colleagues from across the country.

The positions are open to all interested and qualified candidates. The submission deadline for applications is Monday, June, 13, 2011. Click here to learn about the required skill set and click here to learn about the nomination timeline.

Available positions for the PRSA National Board of Directors are:

* Chair- and CEO-elect
* Treasurer
* Secretary
* Director, North Pacific District (two-year term)
* Director, Southeast District (two-year term)
* Director, Southwest District (two-year term)
* Director-at-Large (one open position) (two-year term)

Eligible Board candidates must hold the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) certification and be PRSA members in good standing who have served in at least one of the following capacities:

* Chair of a national committee;
* Chapter president;
* District chair;
* Section chair;
* Voting delegate in at least one national PRSA Assembly; or
* Have practiced for at least 20 years in the profession with increasing levels of responsibility.

In addition to the seven open national Board positions, the Nominating Committee is seeking to fill the following Assembly delegate positions:

* Two Assembly delegates-at-large, and
* Two International delegates-at-large.

The delegates-at-large represents PRSA members who do not reside in an area served by a Chapter. The International delegates-at-large represent PRSA members residing outside the United States and Canada. The delegates-at-large positions are one-year terms. As a minimum requirement, all delegates, with the exception of the International delegates-at-large, shall either be Accredited or a current board member of their respective chapters, districts or sections.

More details about application procedures are available on the PRSA website, which interested candidates should review carefully.

You can obtain additional Information and have your questions answered by current PRSA leaders on special teleconferences set up for your benefit. On the calls will be PRSA Chair & CEO Rosanna M. Fiske, APR; chair and CEO-elect Gerard F. Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA; immediate past chair & CEO Gary D. McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA; and PRSA President & COO William Murray. These calls have been scheduled for two different dates and times to accommodate your schedule – simply dial in and participate on the call that is most convenient for you:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
12-1 p.m. (EDT) and 4-5 p.m. (EDT)
OR
Monday, May 16, 2011
12-1 p.m. (EDT) and 4-5 p.m. (EDT)
Domestic dial-in number: 888-604-4215
Participant Code: 48258880#

Your involvement in PRSA makes you a role model for future PRSA leaders and has helped improve the quality and variety of programs we provide our members. Please consider continuing that commitment by becoming a candidate for our 2011 national leadership team or by helping us recruit other leaders.

For questions about the nomination process, contact Donna Jonas at PRSA headquarters at (212) 460-1403 ordonna.jonas@prsa.org. For questions about recruitment, contact Michael G. Cherenson, APR, 2011 PRSA Nominating Committee chair, at michael.cherenson@prsa.org.

PRSA Hawaii Accepting Entries for 28th Annual Koa Anvil Awards

The Hawai‘i Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is now accepting entries for the 28th annual Koa Anvil awards, recognizing outstanding public relations programs and tactics completed in 2010. Winners will be recognized at the 28th Annual Koa Anvil Awards dinner on Thursday, July 28, 2011, at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki Resort and Golf Club.

Important dates for the 2011 Koa Anvil Awards are:

• April 15, 5 p.m.  – Early Bird Deadline

o Save $25 on the awards entry fee! – $50 for PRSA Hawai‘i members and $75 for non-member

• April 29, 5 p.m. – Final Deadline

o $75 for PRSA Hawai‘i members and $100 for non-members

Koa Anvil Awards categories include:

Koa Anvil Awards – Complete public relations programs incorporating sound research, planning, execution and evaluation. All Koa Anvil winners are automatically considered for the Best of Show Award, representing the finest example of public relations programming in 2010.
Koa Hammer Awards – Outstanding public relations tactics that are part of a communications campaign, including research and writing

Nominations are also being accepted for two individual recognition awards, the Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year and the Hokupa‘a Young Public Relations Professional of the Year Awards.

The Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year
honors an exemplary practitioner who, during a distinguished career, has made a major contribution to the profession and has applied public relations techniques in a professional manner to achieve meaningful objectives. Previous recipients include Donda Spiker, APR, Kuakini Medical Center; Nancy Daniels, APR, Outrigger Enterprises Group; Nathan Hokama, Strategic Communication Solutions, LLC; Sara Foley, Maui Communicators; and Melissa Chang, APR among others.

The Hokupa‘a Award, named after the North Star, is symbolic of a guiding force that always provides leadership to peers in the profession. This award recognizes a relative newcomer to public relations for demonstrating exceptional leadership potential and achievement in his/her initial years in the profession. Recent recipients include Michael Ni, formerly of McNeil Wilson Communications; Moani Wright-Van Alst, Hawaii Medical Services Association; Rebecca Pang, McNeil Wilson Communications; and Melissa Malahoff-Kamei, McNeil Wilson Communications among others.

Any individual may nominate a candidate for the award, but nominees must be PRSA Hawai‘i members. There are no entry fees for the nominations. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2011 and the winners will be announced as part of the Koa Anvil Awards ceremony.

The award categories, rules, entry and nomination forms can be viewed or downloaded at www.prsahawaii.org. For more information about the Koa Anvil Awards, please contact the Koa Anvil Committee at awards@prsahawaii.com.

All completed entries and nominations must be mailed or delivered to:

PRSA Hawaii Chapter Awards Committee
c/o Huy Vo
Bright Light Marketing
1001 Bishop St., Suite 900
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 275-3014
huy@brightlightmarketing.com

PRSA Hawai‘i, chartered in 1947, was one of six founding chapters of PRSA. The society is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals, with nearly 20,000 members representing business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms, and not-for-profit organizations.

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PRSA Hawaii Announces Student Writing Contest

** Click to download the Request for Proposal and Scoring Sheet (PDF) **
*** Click to download the Student Writing Contest informational flyer (PDF) ***

The Hawaii Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) invites you to respond to a Request for Proposal for one of the most important cultural and historical icons in Hawaii: Iolani Palace.

Who: Open to teams composed of 3 undergraduate students from any Hawaii college or university.

What: Each team will research, develop and write a proposal for public relations services on behalf of Iolani Palace. The top three teams will present their proposal to a panel of judges, including senior public relations practitioners and the executive director of Iolani Palace. The winning team will walk away with a $100 cash prize for each team member and recognition at the prestigious PRSA Hawaii Koa Anvil Awards, honoring the industry’s most elite.

When:

  • January – March: Assemble 3 person team; research and write proposal
  • March 31, 4:30 PM: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PROPOSAL
  • May 10: Interviews with top 3 teams
  • June 15: Announcement of winning team
  • July: Presentation of award at PRSA Hawaii Koa Anvil Awards

** Click to download the Request for Proposal and Scoring Sheet (PDF) **
*** Click to download the Student Writing Contest informational flyer (PDF) ***

PRSA Hawaii Announces 2011 Board of Directors

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – The Hawai‘i Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced the election of the following officers for its 2011 board
of directors:

  • President Moani Wright-Van Alst, Communications Resource Manager, Hawaii Medical Service Association
  • President-Elect, Melissa Malahoff-Kamei, Senior Account Executive, McNeil Wilson Communications
  • Secretary Deborah Sharkey, Director, Makana Communications
  • Treasurer Kristen Bonilla, APR, Public Information Officer, University of Hawai‘i
  • Immediate Past President Nathan Kam, Vice President, McNeil Wilson Communications
  • Assembly Delegate and Western District Delegate Duke Gonzales, APR, Corporate Communications Specialist, U.S. Postal Service
  • Director of Outreach Nancy Daniels, APR, Director of Public Relations, Outrigger Enterprise Group
  • Director of Member Services Rebecca Pang, Account Supervisor, McNeil Wilson Communications
  • Director of Professional Development Lee Britos, Senior Account Executive, Pang Communications
  • Director of Communications Noreen Kam, Account Supervisor, McNeil Wilson Communications

 

Other committee chairs announced are as follows:

 

MEMBERSHIP CO-CHAIRS

Franziska Roessy, Account Coordinator, Stryker Weiner & Yokota

Erica Yamauchi, Account Executive, Becker Communications

 

ACCREDITATION CHAIR

Donda D. Spiker, APR, Manager, Marketing and Public Relations, Kuakini Medical Center

 

Young Professionals Group (YPR) Chair

Thi Lam, Marketing Coordinator, Watts Constructors, LLC

EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CHAIR

Amy Hennessey, APR, Manager, Foundation Communications, Hawai‘i Pacific Health

 

Education, Hawai‘i Pacific University Chair

Nancy Daniels, APR, Director of Public Relations, Outrigger Enterprises Group

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CO-CHAIRS

Crystal Yamasaki, Senior Account Executive, Bennet Group Strategic Communications

Jill Bona, Account Manager, Bennet Group Strategic Communications

 

KOA ANVIL AWARDS CO-CHAIRS

Huy Vo, Senior Account Executive, Bright Light Marketing

Shauna Goya, Senior Account Executive, Communications Pacific

 

Sponsorship Chair

Nathan Kam, Vice President, McNeil Wilson Communications

 

PRSA Hawai‘i, chartered in 1947, was one of six founding chapters of PRSA. The society is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals, with nearly 20,000 members representing business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms, and not-for-profit organizations.

 

The APR designation after board members’ names indicates an Accreditation in Public Relations by PRSA’s Universal Accreditation Board. According to PRSA, APR is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the public relations profession and its ethical practice, and who are selected based on broad knowledge, strategic prospective and sound professional judgment.

 

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PRSA Hawaii Seeks Committee Members

Want to share your ideas?  Expand your circle of professional contacts? Shape PRSA Hawaii Chapter events?  Then join a PRSA Hawaii Chapter committee today.

Just like many other professional organizations, our committee and board volunteers are integral to the success of our chapter.  No matter what your interest or availability, PRSA Hawaii has a number of committee opportunities available from ongoing commitments to one-time projects that will surely enhance your professional development.

If you are interested in serving on one of our 2011 committees, please contact the Committee Chairperson you are interested in joining.  You can also contact the 2011 chapter President Moani Wright-Van Alst at 952-7566 for more information.

Even if you are not a member of our chapter, volunteering on a committee is a great way to learn about our chapter and network with other PR professionals.

MEMBERSHIP
Chair: Franziska Roessy and Erica Yamauchi
Board Liaison: Rebecca Pang

  • Develops and executes a strategic membership recruitment and retention plan that helps grow membership by emphasizing the benefits of membership, encouraging full participation in the chapter, and developing programming and partnerships that increase the value of membership.
  • Identify eligible and qualified candidates from a diversity of backgrounds throughout the state, to assist them in becoming members.
  • Welcomes new members into the chapter and helps transition them into active status. Promotes friendly relations among members, welcomes new members into the chapter and make certain that guests who attend chapter functions meet members.
  • Plans and executes membership functions including mixers and membership promotions.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Chair:  Crystal Yamasaki and Jill Bona
Board Liaison: Lee Britos

  • Works to increase the value of PRSA membership by offering high quality, valuable professional development programming for local public relation practitioners through a variety of offerings including live presentations, national PRSA programming, and national programs and speakers that focuses on current issues, emerging technologies, basic and enhanced skills and techniques, and the importance of public relations to business/project successes;
  • The committee’s regular duties include:
    • Develops a comprehensive list of programs for the year
    • Finds creative and inexpensive opportunities to provide valuable programming to members, including but not limited to utilizing PRSA teleseminars/webinars, hosting national speakers in person or via web conferencing, hosting informal programs, etc.
    • Booking venues and negotiating contracts with the venue
    • Scheduling speakers, panelists or other programs on a regular basis
    • Making all advance arrangements with speakers
    • Promoting and publicizing the meeting via e-blasts, the web and news releases
    • Managing registration at programs

KOA ANVIL AWARDS
Chair:  Huy Vo and Shuna Goya
Board Liaison: Lee Britos

  • Works to plan and execute the chapter’s individual awards program for outstanding service to the chapter and profession and manages the chapter’s awards programs for public relations campaigns and tactics.
  • Coordinates and executes of all aspects of the chapter’s awards program, including:
    • Awards judging – working with another chapter to judge PRSA Hawaii’s awards entries and reciprocal judging of another chapter’s awards
    • Awards entries – call for entries, collecting award entries, communicating with entrants, etc.
    • Trophies and certificates – ordering of trophies and certificates
    • Event budget – manages all aspects of the budget for the event
    • Event logistics – manages all aspects of logistics for event (location, decorations, collateral, etc.)
    • Works with various chapter board members and committee’s to communicate the event, secure sponsors, and plan and execute fundraising initiatives at the event.

YPR (YOUNG PROFESSIONALS)
Chair: Thi Lam
Board Liaison: Nancy Daniels, APR

  • Plans and coordinates professional, social and networking activities geared for public relations professionals with fewer than five years experience.
  • Maintains a database of young professionals in Hawaii for promoting events and activities and for membership recruitment.
  • Works with the Education committee to ensure a smooth transition of students to the post-college professional career by creating program/networking opportunities to help with the transition and by serving as mentors to PRSSA and new PRSA associate members.
  • Works with the membership committee to ensure a smooth transition of PRSA associate members to regular PRSA membership.

ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE:
Chair: Donda Spiker, APR
Board Liaison: Rebecca Pang

  • Promotes Universal Accreditation within the chapter and encourages eligible members to take the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations.
  • Responsible for:
    • Generating interest among eligible chapter members throughout the year
    • Scheduling informational sessions for potential exam candidates as necessary
    • Communicating with members who have expressed an interest in becoming accredited
    • Providing an overview of the examination process, requirements and expectations
    • Assisting exam candidates with the exam process from begging to completion by preparing candidates for the exam, providing continual support, study materials and information
    • Coordinating the Readiness Review
    • Publicizing the success of newly accredited member

EDUCATION COMMITTEE:
Chair:
Board Liaison: Nancy Daniels, APR

  • Develops a comprehensive outreach and mentorship program for established PRSSA groups and other public relations students. Some suggestions include serving as a liaison to their chapter, creating a one-on-one PRSA member/student mentorship program, hosting an annual/bi-annual student event, developing a student chapter contest, etc.
  • It is recommended that one committee member serve as a liaison/professional advisor to each local chapter of PRSSA within the rules and regulations set forth by national PRSA and PRSSA. The PRSSA Liaisons:
    • Provide assistance as needed to the local student chapters in securing professionals for events and activities,
    • Attend events and activities of the local student chapters,
    • Provide regular reports to the Education Committee Chair and Director of Membership on the activities of the local student chapters,
    • Shall coordinate a meeting annually, usually at the beginning of the calendar year, involving the chapter president, education committee chair, professional advisors and faculty advisors to discuss goals, procedures and issues anticipated for the year.
    • Shall approach graduating PRSSA members to encourage them to join PRSA as an associate member, in coordination with the Education Committee chair.
  • Coordinates and executes scholarship fundraising opportunities at little or no-cost to the Chapter to help fund the PRSA Hawaii/Roy Leffingwell Public Relations Scholarship.

SPONSORSHIP
Chair:  Nathan Kam
Board Liaison: Kristen Bonilla, APR

  • Creates sponsorship opportunities to generate chapter revenue.
  • Secures cash and in-kind sponsorships to support chapter programs and events, including but not limited to the Koa Anvil Awards, professional development programs, membership and YPR events, and PRSSA scholarship fundraisers.
  • Creates and proposes various sponsorship packages and works with the PRSA Hawaii Treasurer to ensure that all obligations are met. This should involve the creation and maintenance of a chapter sponsorship contract.
  • Maintains relationships with sponsors.
  • Works to solicit and secure listings for the chapter’s agency and vendor directories available on the website.
  • The Sponsorships Chair will work with the president and treasurer to ensure thank you letters are sent to all sponsors.

PRSA Hawaii Chapter Honors Best in Public Relations at Annual Koa Anvil Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 23, 2010

Media Contact:
Noreen Kam
McNeil Wilson Communications
(808) 539-3422
Noreen.Kam@MWC-Anthology.com

PRSA HAWAII CHAPTER HONORS BEST IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AT ANNUAL KOA ANVIL AWARDS
Becker Communications, Inc. Wins Top Award; 
PR Professionals Melissa Chang, APR, and Donda Spiker, APR 
Recognized with Special Achievement Awards


HONOLULU
– The Hawaii chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Hawaii) honored the best in public relations at its 27th annual PRSA Hawaii Koa Anvil Awards reception and dinner last night. From 140 entries, a record 84 Koa Anvil and Hammer awards were presented to recognize excellence in both public relations programs and tactics, respectively.

“The Koa Anvil awards honor the work of many savvy professionals in the public relations industry who often work behind the scenes on behalf of their clients,” said Nathan Kam, PRSA Hawaii president. “This annual awards ceremony allows these deserving professionals to emerge from the shadows and take a bow. We congratulate all of our winners and thank them for inspiring their colleagues to continue to raise the bar in strategic thinking, creativity and resourcefulness.”

Becker Communications, Inc. took home the organization’s top award, winning the Best in Show for its “Oscar Mayer Weinermobile” campaign executed on behalf of Kraft Foods. The coveted “Best of Show” award is given to the highest scoring Koa Anvil entry. Becker Communications, Inc. received a total of twelve awards.

McNeil Wilson Communications/Anthology Marketing Group topped last night’s awards ceremony winning 16 accolades in total, while Bennet Group Strategic Communications received 11 awards. Other multiple award winners were: Hastings & Pleadwell (seven awards); Stryker Weiner & Yokota (six awards); Hawaii Pacific Health and Pang Communications (five awards each); The Limtiaco Company and Schweitzer Consulting (four awards); Communications Pacific, Current Events and Castle Medical Center (three awards each); and Hawaii Pacific University (two awards).

Three individuals were also honored by the PRSA Hawaii chapter in celebration of their contributions to the public relations industry.

Donda Spiker, APR, marketing and public relations manager for Kuakini Medical Center, received the Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year award. The award honors an exemplary practitioner, who during a distinguished career, has made a major contribution to the profession and has applied public relations techniques in a professional manner to achieve meaningful objectives. An active member in the PR industry and the community, Spiker is a long-time member of the Public Relations Society of America, serving as a board member in various capacities of the Hawaii chapter for the past 16 years and chapter president in 2003.

Melissa Chang, APR, Buzzmaster of Ad Streamz, Inc., received the distinguished President’s Leadership Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the success of the chapter and the profession. In addition to her many outstanding professional accomplishments, Chang led PRSA Hawaii as chapter president in 2000 and was named the PRSA Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year in 2006.

The PRSA Hawaii/Roy Leffingwell Scholarship was awarded to Ciera Nahale of Honolulu, an incoming senior at Hawaii Pacific University. She will receive $1,000 to put toward her public relations studies. PRSA Hawaii was responsible for raising all scholarship monies.

For a full list of the 2010 winners, please visit www.prsahawaii.org.

PRSA Hawaii, chartered in 1947, was one of six founding chapters of PRSA. The society is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals, with nearly 20,000 members representing business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms, and not-for-profit organizations. For more information visit www.prsahawaii.org.

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PRSA Hawaii Accepting Entries For Its 27th Annual Koa Anvil Public Relations Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2010

PRSA HAWAII ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR ITS 27TH ANNUAL KOA ANVIL AWARDS
Save $25 when Submitting Entries by April 16th Early Bird Deadline

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Hawaii Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is now accepting entries for outstanding public relations programs and tactics completed in 2009. Winners will be recognized at the 27th Annual Koa Anvil Awards dinner on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki Resort and Golf Club.

Important dates for the 2010 Koa Anvil Awards are:

  • April 16, 5:00 p.m. – Early Bird Deadline
    • Save $25 on the awards entry fee! ($50 for PRSA Hawai‘i members and $75 for non-members)
  • April 30, 5:00 p.m. – Final Deadline
    • $75 for PRSA Hawai‘i members and $100 for non-members

Koa Anvil Awards categories include:

  • Koa Anvil Awards – Complete public relations programs incorporating sound research, planning, execution and evaluation
  • Koa Hammer Awards – Outstanding public relations tactics that are part of a communications campaign, including research and writing

Nominations are also being accepted for two individual recognition awards, the Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year and the Hokupaa Awards.

The Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year honors an exemplary practitioner who, during a distinguished career, has made a major contribution to the profession and has applied public relations techniques in a professional manner to achieve meaningful objectives. Previous recipients include Nancy Daniels, APR; Nathan Hokama; Sara Foley and Melissa Chang, APR; among others.

The Hokupaa Award, named after the North Star, is symbolic of a guiding force that always provides leadership to peers in the profession. This award recognizes a relative newcomer to public relations for demonstrating exceptional leadership potential and achievement in his/her initial years in the profession. Recent recipients include Michael Ni, former of McNeil Wilson Communications; Moani Wright-Van Alst, Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Rebecca Pang, Stryker Weiner and Yokota Public Relations; and Melissa Malahoff-Kamei, McNeil Wilson Communications.

Any individual may nominate a candidate for the award, but nominees should be PRSA Hawai‘i members. There are no entry fees for the nominations. Deadline for submission is April 16, 2010 and the winners will be announced as part of the Koa Anvil Awards ceremony.

The award categories, rules, and entry forms can be viewed or downloaded at www.prsahawaii.org. For more information about the Koa Anvil Awards, please contact the Koa Anvil Committee at awards@prsahawaii.com.

PRSA Hawaii, chartered in 1947, was one of six founding chapters of PRSA. The society is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals, with nearly 20,000 members representing business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms, and not-for-profit organizations.

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Media Contact:
Noreen Kam
McNeil Wilson Communications, Inc.
(808) 539-3422
noreen.kam@mwc-anthology.com

Oahu Publications to Acquire Honolulu Advertiser

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oahu Publications to Acquire Honolulu Advertiser

Honolulu, Hawaii — Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) and Oahu Publications, Inc. (OPI) announced today they have reached an agreement for OPI to acquire The Honolulu Advertiser and related assets including website, non-daily publications and Gannett’s interest in Hawaii.com. Gannett will maintain its ownership of 605 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu. The financial terms were not disclosed.

“We have been very pleased and proud to be part of the Hawaii journalism community all these years but felt OPI’s offer to buy The Advertiser and its related assets was the right course for Gannett at this time,” said Bob Dickey, president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing. “We greatly appreciate all of the hard work and contributions our employees have made and know that they will continue to do a terrific job serving this market in the years to come.”

“We are pleased to be able to purchase The Advertiser, a strong and excellent newspaper. We will endeavor to continue the tradition of good Hawaiian newspaper stewardship as exemplified in modern times by Twigg Smith and Gannett,” said David Black, chairman of OPI.

The sale is subject to regulatory and other approvals and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010. Because the Star Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser are daily newspaper competitors, OPI has discussed the purchase of The Advertiser with the Department of Justice and the Attorney General of Hawaii.

The Honolulu Advertiser was founded in 1856. Gannett purchased the paper in 1993.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international news and information company operating on multiple platforms including the Internet, mobile, newspapers, magazines and TV stations. Gannett is an Internet leader with hundreds of newspaper and TV Web sites; CareerBuilder.com, the nation’s top employment site; USATODAY.com; and more than 80 local MomsLikeMe.com sites. Gannett publishes 83 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 650 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 U.S. markets. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company with 17 daily paid-for titles, more than 200 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and a network of Web sites.

OPI is a private company that owns and publishes the Star-Bulletin daily newspaper, Midweek and other weekly newspapers and magazines. OPI also manages Internet sites and is engaged in commercial printing. The company was established in 2001. Its majority shareholder is Sound Publishing Holding Inc., a subsidiary of Black Press Ltd. Local shareholders include Jeffrey and Lynn Watanabe, Duane Kurisu, Larry and Claire Johnson, Island Holdings Inc., Daniel Case, and CS Wo and Sons Ltd.