Hawaii Church Records
Between 1820 and 1850, missionaries of many churches visited Hawaii. By 1900 the largest religious groups in the islands were The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), Congregational (United Church of Christ), Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic. Later, the Buddhists became a major group.
For an excellent introduction, see:
- Mulholland, John F. Hawaii's Religions. Rutland, Vt.: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1970. FHL Collection 996.9 K2m
The Family History Library has extensive collections of mission and temple records for the LDS Church, including an index of memberships, 1850 to 1961, on 9 microfilms.
The State of Hawaii has compiled many of the Vital Records from Churches and holds these records in the state archives. For more information see Hawaii Vital Records- Civil Registration under the section on State Records.
Buddhist records are kept at the individual Buddhist temples.
Addresses of major denominations include:
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 523-0470
Fax: (617) 523-0470
Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516
Diocese of Honolulu, Chancery Office
1184 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 533-1791
Fax: (808) 521-8428