Hawaii Archives, Libraries, and Societies

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This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the Hawaii Family History Research series.
History of Hawaii
Hawaii Vital Records
Census Records for Hawaii
Background Sources for Hawaii
Hawaii Maps
Hawaii Land Records
Hawaii Probate Records
Hawaii Court Records
Hawaii Tax Records
Hawaii Cemetery Records
Hawaii Church Records
Hawaii Military Records
Hawaii Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Hawaii Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Hawaii Immigration
Ethnic Groups of Hawaii
Hawaii County Resources
Map of Hawaii

Hawaii State Archives

Iolani Palace Grounds
478 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

An excellent research repository for Hawaii, with many of its holdings already described above.

Hawaiian Historical Society

560 Kawaiahao St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

The society has an extensive collection of nineteenth-century materials on Hawaii including manuscripts, maps, and photos.

University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus

Hamilton Library
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822

This is a government document repository. The library has strong Hawaii and Pacific collections, serials, maps, and the largest genealogical book collection in the state.

Bishop Museum Library

1525 Bernice St.
Honolulu, HI 96817-0916

This repository has material on the Hawaiian Royal families and nobility, records of major sugar companies, and a large photographic collection.

Hawaii Chinese History Center

111 N. King St., Rm. 410
Honolulu, HI 96817

Materials relating to the Chinese in Hawaii which include maps, genealogies, histories, photos, and rare documents.

Hawaii State Library

478 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96813-2901

The library has large collections and materials on ethnic groups in Hawaii as well as guides on genealogical research.

Hawaiian Mission Children's Society Library

553 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96813-3002

Not open to the public, but accessible by mail or phone. Record holdings include journals and photos of early nine-teenth-century Congregational missionaries in Hawaii, and the archives of the Congregational Church in Hawaii and the Pacific.

Kona Historical Society

P.O. Box 398
Kona, HI 96704

Holds materials on the Kona section of the Island of Hawaii.

Maui Historical Society and Museum

2375-A Main St.
P.O. Box 1018
Wailuku, HI 96793

This organization has publications, newspaper clippings, and photos of historical value to the island of Maui.

Kauai Historical Society

4428 Rui St.
P.O. Box 1778
Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Holdings include newspapers, manuscripts, photos, oral histories, and various writings on Kauai Island. Some records for now defunct sugar plantations are also available.

University of Hawaii at Hilo Library

200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091,

Brigham Young University'Hawaii, Joseph F. Smith Library

55-220 Kulanui St.
Laie, HI 96762

The Hawaii State Public Library System has an online catalog to libraries in the state www.librarieshawaii.org. This is an excellent tool for gaining quick access to records and learning where they may be deposited. The Hawaii GenWeb Project provides links and addresses to genealogical and historical societies and repositories, and current information on genealogy for the state www.rootsweb.com/~higenweb/hawaii.htm. Another good resource is the encyclopedic Directory of Historical Records Repositories in Hawaii (Honolulu: Association of Hawaiian Archivist and the Hawaiian Historical Society, 1999), which is updated every few years.