LAHAINA – A new Lahaina Newspaper Index has been published covering the period from the 1970s to the early 2000s.

“Journal indexing is a way of giving researchers the means to study their own communities”, said Brian Richardson, librarian at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who compiled the index with a grant from the HK West Maui Community Fund.

“Indexes are important, especially for journals, because they provide access points to documents that would not be easily accessible”, Richardson said. “The structure created by an index helps organize the overall content of what would otherwise be an unmanageable and overwhelming collection of text.”

The recently published index covers the Lahaina News from 1979-2003, the Lahaina Sun from 1970-73 and the Lahaina Times from 1980-83. It is available now on Amazon.

Through the index, one can trace the social, political and landscape changes of Lahaina during the last decades. The newspapers highlighted hotels, tourism and real estate, while sporadically mentioning land rights, Hawaiian sovereignty, poverty and social issues.

“The index thus provides an overview of West Maui through the editorial and corporate lens of the local newspaper”, he wrote. “Of course, more critical use of the index would also take into account what was not included in the journal, or what was treated with superficial attention.”