Martha Chantiny, Information Technology Librarian and Head, chantiny AT hawaii DOT edu, 956-2473
Jodie Mattos, Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Librarian, jodie AT hawaii DOT edu, 956-2851
Free Access to Historical Hawaii Newspapers At ChroniclingAmerica.com
Chronicling America (chroniclingamerica.com) provides free public access to digitized American newspapers from 1836 to 1922. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library the project to digitize the following microfilmed Hawaii newspapers:
Austin’s Hawaiian Weekly (Honolulu, 1899-1900)
The Daily Bulletin (Honolulu, 1882-1895)
The Daily Herald (Honolulu, 1886-1887)
Daily Honolulu Press (Honolulu, 1885-1886)
The Democrat (Honolulu, 1910)
The Evening Bulletin (Honolulu, 1895-1912)
The Garden Island (Lihue, 1911-1922)
Hawaii Holomua (Honolulu, 1893-1895)
The Hawaiian Gazette (Honolulu, 1868-1918)
The Hawaiian Star (Honolulu, 1893-1912)
Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, 1912-1917)
Hilo Tribune (Hilo, 1902-1906)
The Honolulu Republican (Honolulu, 1900-1902)
The Honolulu Times (Honolulu, 1902-1911)
The Independent (Honolulu, 1895-1905)
The Maui News (1900-1922)
Pacific Commercial Advertiser (Honolulu, 1856-1910)
The Polynesian (1840-1863)
Saturday Press (Honolulu, 1880-1885)
The Library of Congress will aggregate and permanently maintain the digitized newspapers. Eventually, Chronicling America will have newspapers from every U.S. state.
The website also features historical essays about the digitized newspapers, topic guides (e.g. Hawaii's statehood and leprosy in Hawaii), and a directory of U.S. newspapers.
As the "rough draft of history," Hawaii newspapers documented and shaped historical events, including the leprosy epidemic, the labor strikes in the plantations, and the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Students and scholars study newspapers to learn about everyday life in different time periods (e.g. opinions and cost of living), events, and the fashion and products in the advertisements. News articles, editorials, and advertisements can give insights on political and social movements and language use. Community members conduct genealogical research, searching with their relatives' names.
For more information on the Chronicling America project, visit the following websites:
Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project
University of Hawaii Library LibGuide
National Digital Newspaper Program
Snippets from Hawaii's newspapers can be seen on the library's Flickr account:
Here are links to a few articles that covered significant historical events in Hawaii's history:
"Kilauea Crater Continues in Eruption"
"She has established over among the hot cracks a Devil's Kitchen in which the guide tells you she prepares her fiery luaus and roasts the legion of departed souls of those who were not good."
Hilo tribune., February 28, 1905, Image 1
Beginning of the Outdoor Circle's Fight Against Billboards in Hawaii
The Hawaiian gazette., April 05, 1912, Image 1
"Liliuokalani's Mission: Wants a New Election for President of Hawaii"
Evening bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1895-1912, April 27, 1897, Image 1
"Governor Dole Takes the Oath"
The Honolulu Republican, June 15, 1900