Obituaries appeared in newspapers as early as 1836 and there is an index in the Archives for 1836 to 1950. Newspapers indexed were primarily English language papers published in Honolulu. Death notices for prominent persons may be indexed as a news item rather than under obituaries. In which case you would need to check the index of a specific newspaper such as the Index to the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin and search by their name. The Hawaii State Public Library system has various print indexes.
The Archives have some of the newspapers that are cited by the obituary index on microfilm. Please check with the Archives reference staff for the newspaper and the publication years. The following are examples of a few of the newspapers that are available at the Archives:
|Honolulu Advertiser||prior to 1900|
|Honolulu Star Bulletin||prior to 1900|
|[Ka] Hae Hawaii||1856-1861|
|Pacific Commercial(P.C.) Advertiser||1856-1884|