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Researching Hot Topics: Local Issues

Local Land & Water Issues

It can be challenging to find information on local topics that are geographically specific, extremely current, and/or controversial. Below you will find information and links for finding a variety of information types (books, news, websites, and more) on local land and water issues.

UHWO Aloha ʻĀina Libguide

Contents: UHWO Aloha ʻĀina Libguide

The Aloha ʻĀina LibGuide contains useful information and links on the following important local issues:

Many of the sources found in the above links are freely available, but please contact a librarian if there is a resource you need help accessing. You may also contact Kawena Komeiji, UHWO Hawaii-Pacific Resource Librarian, at  

Books & eBooks

Books contain historical, comprehensive, and detailed information. 

Search for books and more using Primo, the library's one search tool:


Or go directly to Primo Search for more options.

Research tip: Consider finding a book that related to your topic from different angles. For example, if you were researching TMT, you could find a book about the significance of Mauna Kea, rather than searching to find a book about recent protests that may not have been written yet.


Articles are good sources of current studies, reports, data, & statistics

Research databases contain articles from magazines, scholarly/academic journals, and trade journals.

To find articles about the local land and water issues, start here:

For local newspaper articles, try using ProQuest News & Newspapers. Be sure to include Hawaii as one of your search terms.

  • ProQuest US West Newstream Full-text articles includes the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu Advertiser, and Honolulu Star-Bulletin


Websites are easy to find and access. Find professional organizations and reputable news source