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Subject Guide

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Stu Dawrs
Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library

Fifth Floor, Office 512
Hamilton Library
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu. HI 96822
(808) 956-9779

Release of Pages

As I continue to work on this guide I will make more pages available. With each country or island group I create a newspaper guide for, I will make it public when I have completed the input of information.


Mahalo for your patience.



This libguide was created for the purpose of introducing the community, students, and scholars to the corpus of newspapers from the Pacific region held in the Hawaiian and Pacific collections at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hamilton Library.
The inspiration for this guide has been taken from the work and scholarship surrounding Hawaiian language and Maori language newspapers (see relevant items listed on the right of this page) as an important source of history, culture, stories, and more.

I have tried to be as consistent as possible in what I have decided to survey. My goal is to showcase a historic newspaper, a newspaper in the indigenous language, and a contemporary newspaper for each island group. This is not always possible. Some islands do not have a contemporary paper, or such a paper is not available to the Pacific collection. Others, do not seem to have a paper in the indigenous language, but rather in a colonial/administrative language such as French, English, or Spanish.

Some newspapers are not actually newspapers, but would be more properly called bulletins, reports, or broadsides. On occassion I have included these because they are important sources of information, and because they may be the only holding for that island group in the collection. I have not included journals or magazines even when they are the only periodical in the collection. 

I have also tried to include an image for each paper. Sometimes this means getting an image from the internet, but more often it has meant taking a photograph and posting that on the guide.

Also, in terms of organization, I have kept to the imposed divisions of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia; recognizing that it is problematic and that places such as Fiji do not nearly fit into these divisions.

I have tried as much as possible to make sure there is representation of newspapers featuring local voices. This is not always possible and may reflect: gaps in the library holdings, reality of costs associated with printing, shifts to other forms of media for news and information; economic barriers, or some combination of all of these.

This is a survey and guide to what is at Hamilton library, so it is not comprehensive. Comments are appreciated. Under each island group listing there is two boxes titled: Indigenous Language Paper and Researching Newspapers. Please feel free to leave comments related to any gaps.

Lastly, I hope this guide may spark interest in the rich resources of Pacific Islands newspapers.

Sources about newspapers and journalism in the Pacific