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Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi staff members celebrated the publication’s 100th anniversary with a print edition on October 3 highlighting some of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student newspaper’s milestone stories since 1922.

The newspaper was called The Hawaii Mirror for its first several issues, before adopting Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi in 1923. The 100th anniversary issue opens with a look back at its first issue on September 13, 1922.

Other noteworthy stories include the welcoming of students from Japan in the 1930s through an exchange program that is still around today; events of the 1950s, including a visit from Barack Obama Sr., father of the Hawaiʻi-born 44th U.S. president; and when Hawaiʻi became the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize abortion in 1970 before the U.S. Supreme Court made its decision on Roe v. Wade.

In the centerfold of the issue, Amanda Dick and Noe Nekotani spotlighted front covers from each of the past 10 decades.

newspaper called The Hawaii Mirror
The Hawaii Mirror‘s first issue on September 13, 1922.

“Our reporters dived into the Ka Leo archives for this 100th anniversary special issue and revisited old stories for updates. This issue would not have been possible without the coordination and leadership of our staff. We hope that you enjoy this special issue for Ka Leo‘s centennial celebration!” said Nekotani, current interim editor in chief.

Ka Leo’s 100th anniversary issue is available on stands around the UH Mānoa campus.

For more coverage on its 100th anniversary, visit the special centennial page on Ka Leo’s website.

Read more about Ka Leo’s 100th anniversary in this UH News story

Throughout its 100-year history, Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi, which translates to “The Voice of Hawaiʻi,” has published award-winning content, while serving as a training ground for future professional journalists in Hawaiʻi and around the world.

—By Marc Arakaki

display of several different newspaper covers
Centerfold of the 100th anniversary special issue.
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