HONOLULU -- Continuing a longtime tradition in Hawaii, the cover of Verizon's new Oahu phone book will serve as a canvas for a local artist's original work. Verizon Hawaii President Warren Haruki unveiled Satoru Abe's untitled abstract painting today. Abe's painting appears on the cover of more than one million Verizon SuperPages directories that Oahu residents and business owners will receive in early July. Neighbor island phone book deliveries are scheduled during the fall.
Abe, one of Hawaii's most distinguished artists, is known primarily as a sculptor but he began his career as a painter. In past years, Abe's work has appeared in a group sculpture show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in two solo exhibitions in Tokyo art galleries. Within Hawaii, his sculpture can be seen in numerous public places including Aloha Stadium, the Honolulu International Airport, First Hawaiian Bank headquarters, and the Hawaii Convention Center.
Haruki encouraged customers to recycle their old directories, noting that this can be done by taking them to one of 80 islandwide community recycling bins provided by the City and County of Honolulu's Refuse Division. A list of the Oahu bin locations can be found on the Internet at www.opala.org.
Verizon is sponsoring free pick up of bulk collections (400 or more books to be recycled) from large office buildings, hotels and condominiums. Collections can be arranged by calling Island Recycling at 845-1188. Quantities of less than 400 books can be dropped off at Island Recycling at 50 Sand Island Access Road, which is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Additional copies of the Verizon SuperPages directories will be available at all Verizon PhoneMart locations on Oahu in late July.
About Verizon Information Services and SuperPages.com
Verizon Information Services is the world's leading print and online directory publisher, a content provider for communications products and services, and the largest publisher of Hispanic directories in the U.S. With operations in 16 countries and annual revenues of more than $4.3 billion, Verizon Information Services publishes nearly 1,200 U.S. Verizon SuperPages directories and 400 international directories with a total circulation of approximately 150 million copies worldwide.
Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's #1 online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com receives as many as 12 million visits and 9 million unique visitors a month and powers directory services on MSN, InfoSpace, AltaVista, Excite, Lycos, Ask Jeeves, HotBot, BigFoot, Tripod and Angelfire as well as more than 2,500 affiliate Web sites.
The company supports computer literacy with philanthropic programs and through the Enlighten Me and Internet Learning Tutor sites on SuperPages.com. Enlighten Me is a fun site where children and their caregivers go to read, learn and explore. The Internet Learning Tutor is specifically designed for adults who are just learning their way around the Internet.
Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Through its signature Verizon Reads program and the Verizon Literacy Network, Verizon is leading the fight to increase U.S. literacy levels by creating community and corporate awareness, raising funds, encouraging collaboration among literacy providers and engaging employees in supporting literacy programs.