Downtown Planet Folds After 27 Years

A regular part of downtown Honolulu comes to an end today as the last issue of the Downtown Planet is published.

Downtown Planet Ends 27 Year Run

By Erika Engle

The Monday, July 24 edition of the Downtown Planet, a free weekly newspaper founded in 1979, will be its last, due to insufficient advertising revenue.

Its final issue hits the street as early as today.

Of all the little papers in our town, the Downtown Planet had improved the most in terms of look and overall presentation since it was acquired from its former owners in 2004.

Many of us have been regular readers of this publication since the 1980s. One of the early columns that I always looked forward to was the “Consumer Alert” and another one written about the happenings in Chinatown. Lately one of the most read columns “Political Steam,” written by Mano Pua was a regular editorial piece that poked at the local politicians and their doings.

Another feature that I always liked was the Downtown parking report which published the rates to all of the major public and private parking lots in the area. This last issue had the most extensive report with a map of downtown Honolulu going from Chinatown to the Capitol District. The map contained locator marks to all of the parking lots.

The photos had also improved and most of the time the “Planet Patrol” photo feature reminded the public and government officials of some spot in the area that needed improvement. “Planet Patrol” highlighted little problems like intersections that lacked ADA compliant curbing or of roadway potholes that needed immediate attention. These were the newer features that were added to the Downtown Planet in recent years.

The planet will be sorely missed by regulars of the Downtown area and Honolulu in general.

Here is the link to the Downtown Planet: http://www.downtownplanet.com

In time the site may go away. Be sure to look for the last issue on a newsstand near you or download the PDF file from their website to keep as a souvenir.

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