Hawaii Archives: 61 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Hawaii, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online HI newspaper archives: 61 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: a newly weaned Hawaiian monk seal pup rests at Trig Island, French Frigate Shoals (located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands), which is protected as part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Photo: a newly weaned Hawaiian monk seal pup rests at Trig Island, French Frigate Shoals (located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands), which is protected as part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Credit: MarkSullivan; Wikimedia Commons.

Dig deep into our online archives and search for articles about your ancestors from Hawaii in these newspapers. Our HI newspapers are divided into two collections, each with their own search page:

  • Newspaper Archives (complete paper with all articles, including historical obituaries, with a number of very rare single-issue newspapers – many of them are the only known issues of the paper)
  • Obituaries (including both historical and recent obituaries, if obits are specifically what you are searching for)

Search Hawaii Newspaper Archives (1836 – 1991)

Search Hawaii 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.

CityTitleYears of CoverageIssues AvailableCollection
HiloBig Island Weekly04/18/2007 – 02/20/2013Obituaries
HiloHawaii 24/711/30/2008 – CurrentObituaries
HiloHawaii Tribune-Herald07/28/2004 – CurrentObituaries
HiloHilo tribune01/02/1902 – 06/26/1906233Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHawaii Independent06/21/2010 – 02/18/2015Obituaries
HonoluluHawaii Reporter10/21/2002 – CurrentObituaries
HonoluluHonolulu Advertiser01/01/2010 – 06/06/2010Obituaries
HonoluluHonolulu Star-Advertiser06/07/2010 – CurrentObituaries
HonoluluHonolulu Star-Bulletin01/01/2008 – 06/06/2010Obituaries
HonoluluAfro-Hawai’i News01/31/1989 – 12/31/199134Newspaper Archives
HonoluluC. Brewer and Co’s Market Report08/26/1864 – 08/26/18641Newspaper Archives
HonoluluFolio11/16/1855 – 11/16/18551Newspaper Archives
HonoluluFriend01/01/1844 – 12/01/1880485Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHawaiian Gazette11/04/1865 – 03/28/1893229Newspaper Archives
HonoluluKa Elele04/01/1845 – 07/04/185530Newspaper Archives
HonoluluKa Hoku Loa07/01/1860 – 06/01/186210Newspaper Archives
HonoluluKa Lau Oliva03/01/1871 – 03/01/18711Newspaper Archives
HonoluluPacific Commercial Advertiser07/02/1856 – 05/13/1876725Newspaper Archives
HonoluluPolynesian06/06/1840 – 02/06/18641023Newspaper Archives
HonoluluPunch Bowl07/01/1869 – 09/01/18693Newspaper Archives
HonoluluSandwich Island Gazette and Journal of Commerce08/06/1836 – 07/27/1839154Newspaper Archives
HonoluluSandwich Islands News09/02/1846 – 12/23/184615Newspaper Archives
HonoluluTemperance Advocate01/01/1843 – 12/02/184316Newspaper Archives
HonoluluWhalemen’s Shipping List of Arrivals at the Ports of the Sandwich Islands04/28/1853 – 12/30/18542Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHonolulu Star-Advertiser: Blogs04/20/2011 – CurrentObituaries
HonoluluAustin’s Hawaiian weekly06/17/1899 – 12/25/189918Newspaper Archives
HonoluluDaily bulletin02/01/1882 – 12/31/191710921Newspaper Archives
HonoluluDaily Honolulu press09/01/1885 – 06/03/1886234Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHawaii holomua06/20/1894 – 07/30/189433Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHawaii holomua = Progress09/18/1893 – 01/05/1895358Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHawaiian Gazette04/22/1868 – 10/18/19183728Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHawaiian star03/28/1893 – 06/29/19125913Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHonolulu republican06/16/1900 – 01/25/1902485Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHonolulu Times10/01/1902 – 02/01/191128Newspaper Archives
HonoluluPacific Commercial Advertiser07/02/1856 – 12/31/19108322Newspaper Archives
HonoluluPacific Commercial Advertiser07/02/1856 – 12/30/18841474Newspaper Archives
HonoluluPolynesian06/06/1840 – 04/25/1863982Newspaper Archives
HonoluluSaturday press09/04/1880 – 08/29/1885262Newspaper Archives
HonoluluIndependent05/01/1895 – 06/15/189538Newspaper Archives
HonoluluIndependent06/24/1895 – 10/24/19052855Newspaper Archives
HonoluluAu Okoa12/31/1866 – 12/22/18703Newspaper Archives
HonoluluConvention07/14/1864 – 08/23/18648Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHae Hawaii04/16/1856 – 10/03/186046Newspaper Archives
HonoluluHonolulu Times12/27/1849 – 02/13/18502Newspaper Archives
HonoluluNew Era and Weekly Argus03/24/1852 – 05/03/185565Newspaper Archives
HonoluluNonanona07/25/1843 – 03/04/18454Newspaper Archives
HonoluluNuhou Hawaii09/23/1873 – 11/25/18735Newspaper Archives
HonoluluNupepa Kuokoa01/01/1862 – 02/23/18652Newspaper Archives
Kailua-KonaWest Hawaii Today09/27/2004 – CurrentObituaries
KamuelaNorth Hawaii News03/29/2012 – 04/26/2016Obituaries
Kane’oheKa ‘Ohana03/01/2008 – CurrentObituaries
KaunakakaiMolokai Dispatch12/12/2002 – CurrentObituaries
LaieKe Alaka’i09/12/2006 – CurrentObituaries
LihueGarden Island11/10/1999 – CurrentObituaries
LihueMidWeek Kaua’i Weekly06/16/2010 – CurrentObituaries
LihueGarden Island05/02/1911 – 12/26/1922593Newspaper Archives
Pearl CityAfro-Hawai’i News06/01/1987 – 10/31/198819Newspaper Archives
Pearl Harbor Navy Base/Hickam AFBHo’okele06/11/2010 – 12/07/2018Obituaries
Schofield BarracksHawaii Army Weekly02/20/2010 – 12/06/2018Obituaries
WaialuaAfro-Hawai’i News04/30/1990 – 05/31/19902Newspaper Archives
WailukuMaui news02/17/1900 – 12/29/19221260Newspaper Archives

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