An advertiser for a Hawaiian Star newspaper is exploring ways to run advertisements on local TV stations and in newspapers across the state, a move that could raise concerns about the paper’s future viability in Hawaii.
The advertiser said it was also exploring how to reach out to advertisers in the area.
“The Star has a very strong brand in the community and we would like to provide the public with a safe and secure place to report news and opinions about the issues and people they care about,” the ad agency, Erika Kiyoko, said in an email to the Star.
“It’s important to us that the Star remain a news source for Hawaii’s diverse population and that it remain a voice for those with whom we disagree.”
Kiyko did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Kiyokei Kiki, the editor-in-chief of the Star, said it had no immediate plans to change its advertising strategies.
But she said the ad firm is exploring new ways to reach advertisers and the news outlet’s coverage will likely be “much more nuanced” and will likely include commentary and commentary about issues in the news.
The company, Kiyokawa, said Kiyako and her team were looking at ways to expand their reach and reach out more to the public, including through digital ads, through social media and through a partnership with a local newspaper.
Kiki said she and her staff will be working with a new ad agency that is “looking to do the same things” to get more people involved in the newspaper’s news coverage.
The Star has been the target of a number of legal actions and threats from conservative groups and media organizations.
In March, a lawsuit filed by a conservative group, the Hawaii Press Alliance, claimed the paper had not adequately covered the opioid crisis and had published false and misleading stories about its treatment of the opioid epidemic.
The lawsuit was dismissed in May.
In May, a group called the Hawaii Newspaper Publishers Association, which represents the state’s largest newspapers, sued the newspaper for defamation over a story about Kiyoka’s relationship with the Star and the newspaper itself.
The suit also claimed the Star had violated the Hawaiian Press Alliance’s constitutional right to freedom of expression.
The group said Kiki had contributed to the newspaper through her work at the Star before she joined its editorial staff.
A Star spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit.
In October, a judge ruled that Kiyakei Kiyo, the paper said, did not have the right to dismiss the lawsuit because the case had not been “filed within the meaning of the law.”
The ruling was upheld by a three-judge panel.
The ruling followed a series of public statements made by Kiyokeni Koko in which she defended Kiyoni’s relationship to the paper and accused the Star of not accurately reporting news on the opioid-related epidemic.
Koko also said the paper should have been more careful in its reporting about opioid-caused deaths in Hawaii and criticized the Star’s decision to run an inaccurate news story about the opioid death rate.
A month later, the Star published a story saying that a number.
of deaths attributed to opioids had been attributed to other drugs, and the story referred to the deaths of four people in a three month period in May as “alleged drug-related deaths.”
In May 2016, Kiki also said that Kipu O’Shea, a prominent activist for the Native Hawaiian community in the United States, had died in a car crash in the state of Hawaii.
But the newspaper later revised its story to note that O’Shaheena O’Meara, who was also a prominent Native Hawaiian activist, had been killed in a crash in California, which was not correct, according to a statement on the Star website.
The story also incorrectly reported that the death of O’Heahea’a, the founder of the Native Hawaiian Network for Health Care Reform, had occurred in the U.S. when it occurred in Hawaii, according a news release from the Star at the time.