Verizon Hawaii Oahu SuperPages to Begin Distribution Today

HONOLULU - Continuing a nearly 30-year tradition, the cover of the new Oahu phone book is once again a canvas for original Hawaiian art and a showcase for the natural beauty of the islands. This year's featured art, Maui resident Betty Hay Freeland's "Out of the Mist - Jacarandas at Keokea," was unveiled by Verizon Hawaii President Warren Haruki today at a reception at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Freeland's painting appears on the cover of more than one million Oahu SuperPages directories to be distributed to residents and businesses over the next month.

Published by Verizon Information Services - the world's leading directory publisher and creator of the online directory SuperPages.com - the Oahu book is the first Verizon SuperPages-branded directory to be distributed in Hawaii since the merger of GTE and Bell Atlantic one year ago.

Freeland's original artwork appears on the cover of all the 2001-2002 Verizon SuperPages directories in Hawaii. The artwork is set within a newly-designed standardized cover which is being implemented in all Verizon-serving areas. The Oahu, Hawaii and Maui SuperPages also feature additional original artwork as part of advertising on the back covers. This artwork, created by local patients of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, was commissioned by the advertiser.

Haruki also announced that, through a partnership with the City and County of Honolulu's Refuse Division, Hawaii residents and businesses can easily recycle old directories by taking them to one of 80 Community Recycling Bins on Oahu (see attached list of bin locations). A list of bin locations can be found on the Internet at www.opala.org.

In addition, free pick up of bulk collections (400 or more books) from large office buildings, hotels and condominiums can be arranged with Island Recycling by calling 845-1188. Quantities of less than 400 can be dropped off at one of Island Recyling's two locations - 1811 Dillingham Boulevard (open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and 50 Sand Island Access Road (open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Verizon Information Services

Verizon Information Services is a world's leading print and online directory publisher and a content provider for communications products and services. The largest directory publisher in the world, Verizon has annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and publishes nearly 1,600 Verizon directory titles with a total circulation of approximately 144 million copies worldwide. Verizon Information Services also produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's preeminent online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com receives as many as 9 million visits and completes as many as 20 million searches per month.

Based in the Dallas area, 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 committed to 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. Verizon Information Services sponsors community outreach programs across the nation designed to increase the literacy rate of children and to help people of all ages become computer literate.

For more information on Verizon Information Services, visit www.verizonyellowpages.com. For more information on Verizon's literacy programs, visit www.SuperPages.com and click on the Verizon Reads icon.