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Pacific Islanders in Hawai'i: Research Tools

Created for 100-300 level Pacific Islands Studies courses.

News Sources

Mouse over link for description. The first two items below (Hawaiʻi Newspaper Index and Hawaii-Pacific Journal Index) will help you find citations to articles published in other newspapers and magazines, but do not provide full-text articles themselves. The rest of the links below offer varying levels of full-text access. In most cases, full text articles from Hawaiʻi-based news sources are only available from the late 1990s forward--for earlier news articles, you will need to access the physical publication (either in its original form, or in microfilm; for more on this, see the "Print Sources" box at right.) Also keep in mind that websites for the various local newspapers (Honolulu Weekly, Ka Wai Ola and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin/Honolulu Advertiser web archives), do not have every story that was run in the printed versions.

Other Online Resources

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UHM Pacific digital image collections

Print Resources


Click on the highlighted titles below to see where you can find copies of these newspapers and books in the Library. Check Locations! Items in the Voyager catalog marked UH Mānoa: Hamilton Pacific Reference or UH Mānoa: Hamilton Hawaiian Reference can be pulled directly off the reference shelves in the Hawaiian & Pacific reading room. For items marked UH Mānoa Hawaiian Collection or UH Mānoa Pacific Collection, request retrieval through the "Get This Item" link in OneSearch.


Newspaper articles are a major source of information on current issues facing different communities, and also sometimes include hard-to-gather information such as population estimates for communities not reported in U.S. census data. Below are links to the library cataloging records for Hawaiʻinewspapers that often run stories about Pacific Islanders. To search the contents of these papers, you either need to use the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu Star Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser (back issues) link (see the News Sources box at left); the  Hawaiʻi Newspaper Index (for issues of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser) or the Hawaii-Pacific Journal Index (for Honolulu Weekly and Ka Wai Ola o Oha).You can also search some of the contents of these papers at their respective websites -- links to all of these resources are in the "News Sources" box at left.

Basic Reference Books

For Hawaiian and Pacific research, all of the same tools exist as for any other kind of research. There are region- and subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, histories, newspapers, academic journals and etc. Two very good starting points for general information: