POSTED: 12:32 p.m. HST, May 18, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 4:52 p.m. HST, Jun 12, 2012
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser will begin printing a Hawaii edition of USA TODAY on Monday. It will include the same four sections in USA TODAY on the mainland — News, Money, Sports and Life — condensed into two 12-page sections and two pages of local news.
The new edition will be available on the date of publication.
Dennis Francis, Star-Advertiser publisher, said, "We are delighted to have concluded this agreement with USA TODAY. It enables us to provide Hawaii with more timely access to a great national newspaper and to offer it to Star-Advertiser print subscribers at a very affordable rate."
The local content in the Hawaii edition "will be designed specifically for the primary audience of USA TODAY in Hawaii, which consists mainly of visitors to our islands," he said.
Star-Advertiser home-delivery subscribers will be able to subscribe to the USA TODAY Hawaii edition for $5 a month.
"It is a pleasure for us to offer The Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Hawaii's most comprehensive, trusted source of news and information – the opportunity to bring USA TODAY to Hawaii visitors and residents on a truly timely basis," said Susie Ellwood, executive vice president and general manager of USA TODAY, adding that Hawaii is an important market for the paper.
In addition to the Star-Advertiser, Oahu Publications Inc. publishes MidWeek, the Hawaii Army Weekly, Hawaii Marine, Ho'okele Weekly, HILuxury and community periodicals and in-room resort magazines. Its staradvertiser.com website receives more than 19 million monthly page views and is "liked" by more than 49,000 Facebook users, ranking No. 7 in the nation among daily newspapers.
USA TODAY, published by Gannett Co., is the nation's No. 1 newspaper in print circulation with an average of nearly 1.8 million copies daily.