Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 7, 1941

First Special Edition of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Sunday, December 7, 1941. The Star-Bulletin didn't normally print a Sunday issue; Editor Riley H. Allen (April 30, 1884 - October 2, 1966) rushed the paper to print by 1000 Hours. Two subsequent Special Editions brought the total run for the day to 250,000 copies. When the radio stations were temporarily silenced, the newspapers were the only way the public had of getting any information. Hawaii reverted over to martial law at 1130 Hours, and by December 8, instructions for censorship arrived at all of Hawaii's newspapers. On December 10, many local papers were shut down for the duration. While the Star-Bulletin continued to be printed, Publisher Joseph R. Farrington (October 15 1897 - June 19, 1954) chafed under censorship; as delegate to the House of Representatives, Farrington requested Hawaii be returned to civilian control in December 1942. With thousands of Japanese American citizens in Hawaii, Riley and Farrington refused to use the colloquial "Jap," instead using "Japanese" in articles during the war. Because of censorship, Hawaiians often learned of news after it had been widely disseminated in the mainland. This front page, along with many other Star-Bulletin front pages from World War II, were printed for GIs and are common souvenirs. Reprints can still be found for sale at Pearl Harbor.
Caption Written By: 
Jason McDonald
Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Date Photographed: 
Sunday, December 7, 1941
United States of America