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The Honolulu Advertiser Archive

  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 18562010

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The Pacific Commercial Advertiser (PCA) debuted in Honolulu on July 2, 1856, when Hawaiʻi was in the throes of westernization and the resulting decline of the Native Hawaiian culture and population. Owner and editor Henry Martyn Whitney called the PCA an "opposition paper," because "The whalemen wanted an American newspaper and the white residents wanted one that was not run 'by authority'" (referring to the Hawaiian government-sponsored Polynesian, according to Whitney's obituary. He based the PCA upon the New-York Commercial Advertiser, where he had been employed. Whitneywas the first newspaperman in Honolulu to meet ships off port in a boat to pick up foreign newspapers, as was often done in New York. Initially the Pacific Commercial Advertiser was published every Thursday. In 1882 a daily (except Sunday) edition was also published. In May 1888 the weekly edition ceased.

Archive Info

  • 2,262,631
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 18562010

Paper History

  • The Daily Pacific Commercial Advertiser
  • Daily Pacific Commercial Advertiser
  • Pacific Commercial Advertiser

Source Information

The Honolulu Advertiser, 1856–2010 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 14, 2018

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Obituary for HUA HINQ CHUN

Obituary for HUA HINQ CHUN

The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Obituary for MR. KAN YEN CHUN

Obituary for MR. KAN YEN CHUN

The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Marriage: Kaeo-Keaulana

Marriage: Kaeo-Keaulana

The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Kaeo-Keaulana Married

Kaeo-Keaulana Married

The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Obituary for SAMUEL K. KAMAKAIA

Obituary for SAMUEL K. KAMAKAIA

The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Baha'is Vic Damone, Gail Martin

Baha'is Vic Damone, Gail Martin

The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Archive Info

  • 2,262,631
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 18562010

Paper History

  • The Daily Pacific Commercial Advertiser
  • Daily Pacific Commercial Advertiser
  • Pacific Commercial Advertiser

Source Information

The Honolulu Advertiser, 1856–2010 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 14, 2018