Hawaii Archives: 27 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Hawaii, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online HI newspaper archives: 27 titles to help you search your family history in the “Aloha State,” providing coverage from 1836 to Today. There are more than 173,000 articles and records in our online Hawaii newspaper archives!

Photo: Punaluu Beach Park, with black sand beach and coconut palms, on the island of Hawai’i – the “Big Island”
Photo: Punaluu Beach Park, with black sand beach and coconut palms, on the island of Hawai’i – the “Big Island.” Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your ancestors from Hawaii in these newspapers. Our HI newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search Hawaii Newspaper Archives (1836 – 1991)

Search Hawaii Recent Obituaries (1999 – Current)

Illustration: Hawaii state flag
Illustration: Hawaii state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a complete list of Hawaii newspapers in the online historical archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The HI newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range * Collection
Hilo Big Island Weekly 04/18/2007 – 02/20/2013 Recent Obituaries
Hilo Hawaii 24/7 11/30/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hilo Hawaii Tribune-Herald 07/28/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Afro-Hawai’i News 01/31/1989 – 12/31/1991 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Folio 11/16/1855 – 11/16/1855 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Friend 01/01/1844 – 12/01/1880 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Hawaii Independent 06/21/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Hawaii Reporter 10/21/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Hawaiian Gazette 11/04/1865 – 03/28/1893 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Honolulu Advertiser 01/01/2010 – 06/06/2010 Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Honolulu Star-Advertiser 06/07/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Honolulu Star-Bulletin 01/01/2008 – 06/06/2010 Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Ka Elele 04/01/1845 – 07/04/1855 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Pacific Commercial Advertiser 07/02/1856 – 05/13/1876 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Polynesian 06/06/1840 – 09/11/1858 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Punch Bowl 07/01/1869 – 09/01/1869 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Sandwich Island Gazette and Journal of Commerce 08/06/1836 – 07/27/1839 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Sandwich Islands News 09/02/1846 – 12/23/1846 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Temperance Advocate 01/01/1843 – 12/02/1843 Newspaper Archives
Kailua-Kona West Hawaii Today 09/27/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kamuela North Hawaii News 03/29/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kaunakakai Molokai Dispatch 07/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Laie Ke Alaka’i 09/12/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lihue Garden Island 11/10/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lihue MidWeek Kaua’i Weekly 06/16/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pearl City Afro-Hawai’i News 06/01/1987 – 10/31/1988 Newspaper Archives
Waialua Afro-Hawai’i News 04/30/1990 – 05/31/1990 Newspaper Archives

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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