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HIST 151: Hawai‘i News & Newspapers

We live in a special place... special research considerations and strategies are required.

Source: Road to Hana, via Wikimedia Commons

Local Newspaper / News Sites

Local news is where local issues are discussed.  

  • Be sure to keep in mind bias in news sources. Because of bias, try to read from a variety of sources and use the new evaluation criteria from the library's News research guide.
  • 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. 
  • You may have to use Google to search for these local sources (i.e. Maui Now or Maui Times). 
  • If you need a Maui News article that is locked behind a pay wall, ask a librarian.

Local News Search Engine

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

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 (

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.