Hawaiian Telcom, which operates the primary residential and business telephone system in Hawaii, is issuing its 2008 directory for Maui, Molokai and Lanai, along with a Maui Companion Directory.
Its directories feature artwork by Maui County students who entered the 2007 Maui County Keiki Art Contest, with cover images of the old Pioneer Hotel (now Pioneer Inn) and a 1954 photo of a Kahului Railroad train.
The directory recycling program will accept all telephone directories, with cash awards being provided to participating schools as part of a Phone Book Recycling Contest.
As of Wednesday, schools on Maui participating in the recycling contest included:
• East Maui — Hana High & Elementary School and Paia Elementary School.
• Upcountry — Kula Elementary School and Seabury Middle School.
• South Maui — Montessori School of Maui.
• Central Maui — Waihee Elementary School, Baldwin High School and Maui High School.
On Molokai, Molokai High, Kaunakakai Elementary and Kualapuu Elementary schools were signed up to participate in the competition.
Lanai High & Elementary School is also participating.
Other schools can sign up by calling Stephanie Ortega at (808) 543-3548 or going to www. HTYellowpages.com.
Participating schools will be listed on the Web site.
In the recycling contest, schools on Maui will be ranked based on the weight of the directories turned in, with the school with the heaviest load receiving $700.
Cash awards range from $500 to $100 over the next four places.
On Molokai, the cash awards will range from $400 to $100 for the top three schools, while for Lanai High and Elementary School, a cash award of $250 will be granted if the school recycles 600 directories.
Hawaiian Telcom has contracted with Aloha Recycling on Maui and Makoa Trucking Services on Molokai to handle the recycled directories turned in by the schools.
All of the old directories will be shipped to Nippon Paper Industries in Port Angeles, Wash., for processing back into paper, Hawaiian Telcom said.
At Aloha Recycling, Supervisor Sherri Pell said the company agreed to handle the directories with a contract from Hawaiian Telcom although she said the costs for handling and shipping may be higher than any revenues Aloha receives under the contract.
“We wanted to do this for the community, because if we didn’t, the directories could be going into the landfill,” she said.
The Phone Book Recycling Contest will run through March 28.
One of two drawings included in the 2008 Hawaiian Telcom Maui, Molokai, Lanai telephone directories were first-place winners in a Maui County Keiki Art Contest. The work is by Montessori of Maui student Kasey Kerbox.
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