In Memory of David M. Pellegrin
David M. Pellegrin
OCTOBER 1942 — AUGUST 2017
On Aug. 5, 2017, Honolulu Publishing Company lost its founder, David Pellegrin. He was 74.
Dave was a groundbreaking editor and publisher, perhaps best known locally and nationally for his “flagship” publication, Honolulu Magazine. With the assistance of a Wisconsin publishing company, where his father was president and part-owner, Dave bought the magazine in 1977 and became its editor, turning the publication into an award-winning city/regional magazine with a team that included some of Hawaii’s best writers, including Brian Nicol, Vic Lipman, John Heckathorn and Tom Horton. In 1980, he acquired full ownership of the company.
In 1979, Honolulu Publishing Company purchased the Hawaii Drive Guides, which the company continues to publish, along with recent acquisitions of Waikiki Menus and Spotlight Hawaii. Over the years, the company grew and was known islandwide for its visitor publications, business magazine, inflight magazines and other print products. In 2001, Dave sold Honolulu Magazine and Island Business, downsizing the company and moving into semi-retirement. For years he was active in volunteer work, focusing on The Compassionate Friends, a national organization that helps parents who have lost children.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of Honolulu Publishing Company’s founding, where employee loyalty is a hallmark. In those years, Dave Pellegrin touched countless lives, including many long-time staff members, several of whom have been with the company for anywhere from 25 to 38 years.
Kathleen Pellegrin, Dave’s widow, has succeeded him as chairperson of Honolulu Publishing Company.