The Maui News index almost ‘just a click away’

Shavonn Matsuda, UH-Maui College librarian (from left); Gail Ainsworth, copy editor; Kahealani Jones, MHS intern; Sissy Lake-Farm, MHS executive director; and Tikki Bisbee, UH-MC library intern are shown with three volumes of The Index to The Maui News. -- MARILYN UMETSU photo

The Maui Historical Society, in partnership with the University of Hawaii Maui College Library, is making it possible to access The Index to The Maui News index from the internet sometime in the near future. The index will be digitized as a public service to the community as well as students, and anyone interested in looking up the events featured within its pages from 1900 to 1973.

Gail Ainsworth was a copy editor at Maui Community College when she undertook the creation of the index as a research project beginning in the mid-1980s. Ainsworth commented that she was not merely recording history but creating it for those who benefit from the information she organized.

The index consists of three volumes, from 1900 to 1932, 1933 to 1950 and 1951 to 1973. Ainsworth was pleased to hear that her work served as the inspiration for a dissertation by a University of Hawaii student. Now her work and the history of Maui, as recorded in the pages of its historical newspaper, will be just a click away.

Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features the largest collection of pre-Western contact Hawaiian antiquities on the island of Maui. The museum also features missionary, plantation and monarchy-era artifacts, as well as original artwork by Edward Bailey depicting mid-19th century scenes of Maui.