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Researching Local Topics: Newspapers

A guide for researchers examining issues in the islands.

Research Tip

Newspapers may be the best (and sometimes only) source for reliable and trustworthy information on local topics. To search the local news articles available online, use the local news custom search engine.
 

  • Be sure to read newspaper articles carefully. Oftentimes, the reporter will include people, organizations or companies that are proponents or opponents to a particular issue or debate. These names may be useful in your continued research. 
  • Although reporters and publishers check their facts before publication, don't forget to use source evaluation strategies to identify any media bias. 
  • If you need a Maui News article that is locked behind a pay wall, ask a librarian!

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Local news search engine

Use this Google search widget to find articles from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Maui News, Maui Now and Lahaina News

Local Newspaper / News Sites

Newspapers may be the best (and sometimes only) source for reliable and trustworthy information on local topics. You may have to use Google to search for these local sources (i.e. Maui Now or Maui Time). 

  • Be sure to read newspaper articles carefully. Oftentimes, the reporter will include people, organizations or companies that are proponents or opponents to a particular issue or debate. These names may be useful in your continued research. 
  • Although reporters and publishers check their facts before publication, don't forget to use source evaluation strategies to identify any media bias. 
  • If you need a Maui News article that is locked behind a pay wall, ask a librarian!

Historic Newspapers

Use the following databases to search for Hawaiian newspapers available online.

Papakilo Database logo

Papakilo Database - Search Newspapers
This is a digital collection of historic Hawaiian Newspapers. This collection contains 11,934 issues comprising 58,612 pages and 379,918 articles.

 

Ulukau logo

Hoʻolaupaʻi (nupepa.org)

This is a collection of historic Hawaiian-language newspapers published between 1834 and 1948. The newspaper images can be retrieved by word search, title, or date.