Hawaii Archives: 50 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Hawaii, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online HI newspaper archives: 50 titles to help you search your family history in the “Aloha State,” providing coverage from 1836 to Today. There are millions of articles and records in our online Hawaii newspaper archives!

Photo: Na Pali Coast State Park, Kauai, Hawaii
Photo: Na Pali Coast State Park, Kauai, Hawaii. Credit: Jeff Kubina; 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 – Today)

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

Here is a complete list of Hawaii newspapers in the online 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 Years of Coverage Issues Available 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
Hilo Hilo tribune 01/02/1902 – 06/26/1906 233 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Hawaii Independent 06/21/2010 – 02/18/2015 Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Hawaii Reporter 10/21/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
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 Afro-Hawai’i News 01/31/1989 – 12/31/1991 34 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu C. Brewer and Co’s Market Report 08/26/1864 – 08/26/1864 1 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Folio 11/16/1855 – 11/16/1855 1 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Friend 01/01/1844 – 12/01/1880 485 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Hawaiian Gazette 11/04/1865 – 03/28/1893 229 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Ka Elele 04/01/1845 – 07/04/1855 30 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Ka Hoku Loa 07/01/1860 – 06/01/1862 10 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Ka Lau Oliva 03/01/1871 – 03/01/1871 1 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Pacific Commercial Advertiser 07/02/1856 – 05/13/1876 725 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Polynesian 06/06/1840 – 02/06/1864 1023 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Punch Bowl 07/01/1869 – 09/01/1869 3 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Sandwich Island Gazette and Journal of Commerce 08/06/1836 – 07/27/1839 154 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Sandwich Islands News 09/02/1846 – 12/23/1846 15 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Temperance Advocate 01/01/1843 – 12/02/1843 16 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Whalemen’s Shipping List of Arrivals at the Ports of the Sandwich Islands 04/28/1853 – 12/30/1854 2 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Blogs 04/20/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Austin’s Hawaiian weekly 06/17/1899 – 12/25/1899 18 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Daily bulletin 02/01/1882 – 12/31/1917 10921 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Daily Honolulu press 09/01/1885 – 06/03/1886 234 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Hawaii holomua 06/20/1894 – 07/30/1894 33 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Hawaii holomua = Progress 09/18/1893 – 01/05/1895 358 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Hawaiian Gazette 04/22/1868 – 10/18/1918 3728 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Hawaiian star 03/28/1893 – 06/29/1912 5913 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Honolulu republican 06/16/1900 – 01/25/1902 485 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Honolulu Times 10/01/1902 – 02/01/1911 28 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Pacific Commercial Advertiser 07/02/1856 – 12/31/1910 8322 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Pacific Commercial Advertiser 07/02/1856 – 12/30/1884 1474 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Polynesian 06/06/1840 – 04/25/1863 982 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Saturday press 09/04/1880 – 08/29/1885 262 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Independent 05/01/1895 – 06/15/1895 38 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Independent 06/24/1895 – 10/24/1905 2855 Newspaper Archives
Kailua-Kona West Hawaii Today 09/27/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kamuela North Hawaii News 03/29/2012 – 04/26/2016 Recent Obituaries
Kaunakakai Molokai Dispatch 12/12/2002 – 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
Lihue Garden Island 05/02/1911 – 12/26/1922 593 Newspaper Archives
Pearl City Afro-Hawai’i News 06/01/1987 – 10/31/1988 19 Newspaper Archives
Waialua Afro-Hawai’i News 04/30/1990 – 05/31/1990 2 Newspaper Archives
Wailuku Maui news 02/17/1900 – 12/29/1922 1260 Newspaper Archives

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