Hawaii Archives and Libraries

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research.

Hawaii State Archives
Kekāuluohi  Building
‘Iolani Palace Grounds
364 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: 808-586-0329
Fax: 808-586-0330
Internet: http://www.state.hi.us/dags/archives/

National Archives—Pacific Region (San Bruno)
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
Telephone: 415-876-9009
Fax: 415-876-9233
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/pacific/

Hawaiian Historical Society
560 Kawaiahao Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: 808-537-6271
Internet: http://www.hawaiianhistory.org/

Hawaii State Library
478 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: 808-586-3500
Fax: 808-586-3584
Internet: http://www.librarieshawaii.org/

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
Internet: http://www.bishopmuseum.org/research/cultstud/libarch/

Daughters of the American Revolution
Aloha Chapter House
1914 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
Telephone: 808-949-7256
Internet: http://www.geocities.com/darhonolulu/house.html

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
Internet: http://www.hawaii.edu/

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 book 996.9 J54L, film 1321388 item 8).

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers
  • Post queries
  • Send and receive e-mail
  • Search large databases
  • Search computer libraries
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions

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. As of April 1997, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:



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.



A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the United States Research Outline (30972), 2nd ed., "Archives and Libraries" section.



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.