Phone book recycling begins

Officials at Hawaiian Telcom, which succeeded Verizon as the state’s telephone company in May, have begun delivering official white- and yellow-page Kaua‘i County telephone directories to Kaua‘i homes and businesses recently, they said in a press release.

The new Hawaiian Telcom directory has helpful new features and extras, including the elimination of surname suppression to make it faster and easier for people to find what they’re looking for, ending Verizon’s practice of showing surnames only once, at the top of the list of all the people who share the name.

User-friendliness will also be enhanced with large print and more thorough maps.

The directory also includes a 16-page Community Information section that includes a calendar of events, attractions, beaches and facility chart/locator map, golf guide and locator map, shopping guide, high-school athletic information, “Center Stage” (with helpful information on performance venues), and transportation and airport information.

Also, artwork by 25 Kaua‘i students in grades kindergarten through 12 is featured throughout the book, and was selected from among hundreds of Kaua‘i students’ entries in Hawaiian Telcom’s Keiki Art contest last fall.

The book also has important emergency and federal-government information, with icons and additional offices showcased in a format that is easier to use than ever.

Hawaiian Telcom’s Kaua‘i county directory is being delivered to homes and businesses throughout February. People can order extra books online at

Hawaiian Telcom officials are also conducting a directory recycling contest, which runs now from through March 17.

Those at all Kaua‘i public and private schools are eligible to compete in gathering telephone directories for recycling. Members of the public may drop off old phone books for recycling at participating schools during school hours.

“We are proud to continue the long-established recycling contest by Hawai‘i’s telephone company,” said Ron Montgomery, Hawaiian Telcom Directories vice president and general manager.

“It gives us an opportunity to not only help keep Kaua‘i clean, but to give back to schools and teach our kids about the importance of caring for our environment. It will be a hands-on lesson in environmental responsibility, kuleana, that will help shape positive attitudes in the coming generation.”

Awards are based on the greatest number of telephone books collected. Officials at the first-place school will receive $1,000 and a $100 Big Save Gift certificate. The second-place prizes are $500 and a $100 Big Save gift certificate, and the third-place prizes are $200 and a $100 Big Save gift certificate.

Representatives of all schools who collect at least 1,000 pounds of phone books, besides those top three schools, will receive $100.

Those at participating schools are encouraged to get members of the community involved in the phone-book-recycling effort, Montgomery said.

Students can organize special contests and recycling drives, and can contact owners and operators of businesses directly to increase collections of old telephone books. All types of old phone books may be recycled.

Information on the recycling contest, including a list of participating schools, is available by calling 246-3206, e-mailing, or checking out the Web site,

Hawaiian Telcom is the state’s leading telecommunications provider, offering a wide spectrum of telecommunications products and services, which include local and long-distance service, digital subscriber line (DSL) broadband for Internet use, wireless services, and print directory and Internet directory services.

The official Hawaiian Telcom directories are the state’s most comprehensive and accurate telephone directories. For more information, visit


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