Hawaii Tax Records

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

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The Hawaii State Archives has both personal and property tax records for Hawaii (1855'93), Kauai (1855'92), Lanai (1855'92), Maui (1887'92), Molokai (1855'92), and Oahu (1855'1929). These tax records are incomplete and are unindexed. The early tax records are a poll tax only. The tax records were taken on a division basis with each island divided into many divisions. It is necessary to know the correct division in order to search these records.

Property tax records and tax maps were moved from state to county control about 1980. Tax maps dating as early as the 1920s are on microfilm at the Real Property Assessment Office. The address for the City and County of Honolulu is 842 Bethel St., Honolulu, HI 96813.

The Hawaii State Tax Office has a map room with tax maps beginning in 1932. These tax maps give the names of owners, estate heirs, and field books. The field books give the title history and its book and page numbers, which are found in the Bureau of Conveyances.