about hdnp

Free Access to Historical Hawaii Newspapers At ChroniclingAmerica.com

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa Library has digitized Hawaii’s English-language newspapers before 1923 and made them freely accessible on the Chronicling America website. On the website, users can browse and search digitized American newspapers and read essays about them.

In a twenty-year period, the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) will digitize significant newspapers from all U.S. states and territories published between 1836 and 1922. NDNP is a partnership between two federal government agencies: the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress. The former provides funding for the program, and the latter will maintain the website.

Along with Chronicling America, the project also uploaded the newspaper pages to eVols, UH Manoa’s institutional repository, to provide another access point and backup.

The UH Manoa library has digitized and uploaded at least 301,097 pages as of June 2016 in three phases, each lasting several years.


Martha Chantiny
Co – Investigator
Librarian and Head Desktop Network Services

Jodie Mattos
Co – Investigator
Librarian, Hawaiian Collection Public Services

Jennifer Beamer
Project Manager

Alice Kim
Graduate Research Assistant

Current Contributors

Martha Chantiny, Jennifer Beamer, Kathleen Luschek, and Alice Kim–members of the library’s Desktop Network Services Department–currently manage and develop this website. Daniel Ishimitsu maintains the newspaper pages on eVols as the library’s programmer for digital collections.

Past Contributors

Jennifer Beamer has initiated, developed, and managed this website. She, former Hawaiian Collection archivist Joan Hori, and previous Project Manager Erenst Anip have also developed the website’s information. Renowned for her research prowess in Hawaiian history, Joan Hori assisted with initiating the project and managed as the Co-Principal Investigator in the project’s first two phases. Hawaiian Collection Librarian Dore Minatodani developed a few topic guides with the assistance of Alice Kim. As UH Manoa’s library administrator and digital collections coordinator, Beth Tillinghast has provided technical support.

Project History

First Phase

Co-Investigators Martha Chantiny and Joan Hori and graduate student assistant Monica LaBriola developed the grant proposal, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $200,000 to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Hamilton Library to begin digitizing Hawaii’s English-language newspapers and chronicling their history.

In May 2009, UH Manoa Library received an additional award of $140,920 to digitize more newspaper pages.

Second Phase

From July 2010 to August 2012, the library digitized 100,000+ newspaper pages. To fund this endeavor, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the library $270,000.

In the first two phases, the project made the following newspapers available in Chronicling America as of 03/12/2013:
• Austin’s Hawaiian Weekly – 1899;
• Daily Bulletin (1882-1895 pre-cursor to Honolulu Star-Bulletin);
• Daily Herald – 1886-1887;
• Daily Honolulu Press – 1885-1886;
• The Democrat – 1910;
• The Evening Bulletin (1902-1912 pre-cursor to Honolulu Star-Bulletin);
• The Garden Island 1911-1922;
• The Hawaiian Gazette – 1865-1877, 1880-1918;
• Hawaiian Star, 1893-1912
• Hilo Tribune – 1902-1906
• The Honolulu Republican – 1900-1902;
• The Honolulu Times – 1902-1911;
• The Independent – 1895-1905;
• The Independent – 1895;
• The Maui News – 1900-1922;
• The Saturday Press – 1880-1885

The total number of uploaded pages was 208,773.

Third Phase

The 2012-2014 program digitized the predecessor the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, The Pacific Commercial Advertiser (1856-1921). For his phase, the library received $265,018 from NEH and digitized the following newspapers:

• Pacific commercial Advertiser – 1856-1906
• Garden Island, 1911-1922
• Polynesian, 1840-1864

A sample of a digitized image of the Daily Herald.

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