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Hawaii State Archives
Kekāuluohi  Building
‘Iolani Palace Grounds
364 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: 808-586-0329
Fax: 808-586-0330

They have the Vital Records Indexes to the State Archives. The Digital Collections page is now located at: Website. All of the collections have been migrated over to the new server with the exception of Vital Statistics, Maui. They are currently working to bring that online. Contact the State Archives for further assistance and/or questions.

National Archives at San Francisco
Leo J. Ryan Federal Building
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
Telephone: 650-238-3500
Fax: 650-238-3510

There are records from the 1850s to 1980s, and some recent as the early 2000s. U.S. federal courts, and over 100 federal agencies of Hawaii send their archival records here.


Hawaii State Library
478 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: 808-586-3500
Fax: 808-586-3584

Hawaii Chinese History Center
111 North King Street Room 410
Honolulu, HI 96817
Telephone: 808-536-5948

Bishop Museum Library
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817-0916
Telephone: 808-848-4148
Fax: 808-845-4133

DAR Library
Aloha Chapter House
1914 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
Telephone: 808-949-7256
This library has the Carter Collection of Hawaiiana, business records, newspapers, and Japanese-Hawaiian publications.

University of Hawaii
Hamilton Library, Hawaii Collection
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Telephone: 808-956-8264
Fax: 808-956-5968

Genealogical Resource Center

A helpful directory of Hawaiian libraries is Arlene D. C. Luster, A Directory of Libraries and Information Sources in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands (Honolulu, Hawaii: Hawaii Library Association, 1972) FHL film 1321388 item 8; book 996.9 J54L

Hawaii Online Records

The Mountain West Digital Library is a search portal for an aggregation of digital collections from more than 50 universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, and historical societies in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. It is in partnership with 60 academic libraries, public libraries, museums, historical societies, cities, counties, and state agencies from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii (coming soon: over 60 new partners in Arizona!)
Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.


You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Hawaii in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:

The USGenWeb Project
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.