Stephens Media’s announcement this week that the Las Vegas-based corporation will be shutting down the union-run press of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald might be the beginning of the end of East Hawaii’s historic newspaper. At least that is what those of us in the business here on the island are saying.
Stephens Media plans for West Hawaii Today to print the Tribune-Herald and for the freshly printed newspaper to be trucked over to East Hawaii. One former Tribune-Herald employee reminded Big Island Chronicle that West Hawaii Today got it’s start in 1962 by being printed at the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
For those not in the know, Hawaii Tribune-Herald was first the Hilo Tribune, and that newspaper got its start in November 1895. (See Hawaii Tribune-Herald’s Facebook page for the history.) Hilo Tribune became Hilo Daily Tribune in 1917. And Hawaii Herald, another newspaper, ran from August 1896 to February 1923. The Hilo Daily Tribune, Hawaii Herald and another newspaper called the Daily Post-Herald all merged in February 19, 1923 calling itself Hilo Tribune-Herald. In March 1964, two years after the West Hawaii Today was running as a weekly, the Trib became the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
A newspaper veteran on the island believes that the move for West Hawaii Today to now publish the Hawaii Tribune-Herald is basically the first step toward sinking it. Read more