Reflections On The Death Of The Honolulu Advertiser

·By John Temple

I’ve been there, inside a newspaper when it published its final edition.

I was the editor and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado’s oldest newspaper, when it said “Goodbye” on Feb. 27, 2009.

So Sunday, June 6, 2010, when The Honolulu Advertiser said “Aloha and mahalo,” brought back a lot of memories.

I want to share a few reflections on the last days and final editions of the Advertiser and the Star-Bulletin, which on Monday will publish in a broadsheet format as the Star-Advertiser.

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Honolulu is now a one-newspaper town. What do you think that will mean for the community and for coverage of important issues? Share your thoughts on the end of an era.