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Genealogical Resources in Hawaii

Our thanks to HCGS members Richard Souther and Gordon Morris, and to Fran Jackson and Bishop Museum's Patty Belcher, for updating this material. Some has been extracted from Directory of Libraries and Information Resources in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

You may advise us of errors or omissions via email. Please do not submit research requests. Instead, contact one of the lookup volunteers at Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness or Books We Own.

Bishop Museum Library & Archives
1525 Bernice Street
P.O. Box 19000-A
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-0916
Phone (808)848-4147/4148

FUNCTION: The Bishop Museum Library is a private non-profit research library, dedicated to the collection and preservation of the records of the natural and cultural history of Hawaii and the Pacific region, and to the dissemination of information, the fostering of research and the support of Bishop Museum programs

USE POLICY: Open to the general public without charge; on-site use only. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

SUBJECT AREAS: Cultural and natural history of Hawaii and the Pacific region. The collections include manuscripts and archives as well as published materials.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Fuller Collection of Pacific Books; Carter Collection of Hawaiiana; Hawaiian language newspapers; printed texts in Hawaiian and other Pacific island languages; manuscripts and archival materials; maps and nautical charts; aerial photographs of Pacific islands; early voyage and travel accounts.

In 1991, the "Visual Collection" was incorporated into the Archives. This collection includes art, photographs and motion picture film focusing on Hawaii and the South Pacific. The collection contains both cultural and natural history materials: Early case photographs (ambrotypes; daguerreotypes and tintypes); early voyage art; the Ray Jerome Baker collection; Bishop Museum staff photograph albums. The Visual Collection holdings include 700 16mm films, 100 8mm films; 45 videocassettes; 20,000 slides, 750,000 photographs; 3,300 artwork (flat).

HOLDINGS: 90,000 books; 1,700 magazine titles; 25,000 pamphlets; 1,500 microfiche; 1,000 microfilm reels; 20,000 maps, 70,000 aerial photos; manuscripts and archives


Hawaii State Archives
Iolani Palace Grounds
King and Richards Streets
Honolulu HI 96813
Phone: (808)586-0313

HOURS: M-F, 7:45 AM-4:30 PM

FUNCTION: To collect all Hawaii public archives.

USE POLICY: Holdings available for use by all researchers. Use of some material may be subject to restrictions placed on them by statute or by the agency/donor. On-site use only.

SUBJECT AREAS: Government and history of Hawaii.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Monarchy, Republic, Territorial and State archives, 1790 to date; Hawaiian government publications and laws; Captain James Cook Memorial Collection; Hawaiian newspapers dating back to 1834; Passenger arrival records to 1900; Personal papers of Hawaiian monarchs and other prominent people of Hawaii; Photographs and maps relating to Hawaii.

PUBLICATIONS: Archives of Hawaii (1984); Searching genealogical records in Hawaii (1982); Procedures for patrons, Hawaii State Archives (1984); Guide to land records (1987).

HOLDINGS: 2,700 books; 60 magazine titles; 210 newspaper titles; 542 microfiche; 3,299 microfilm reels; federal archives and manuscripts.


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

HOURS: T-F 10 AM-1 PM

PURPOSE: To preserve the cultural heritage of the Chinese people in Hawaii through oral history recordings, collection of source material documents and artifacts, support of ethnic studies and the publication thereof, restoration of historical sites, and sponsorship of study groups on the Chinese heritage in Hawaii.

HOLDINGS: A beginning collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets, photographs, genealogies, documents and artifacts.

SUBJECTS:  Chinese societies, biographies of Chinese, current Chinese news, early Chinese immigration, geography of China, historic sites, Chinese Americans in U.S., esp. Hawaii.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Oral history and documents on the Chinese in Hawaii.

PUBLICATIONS: Guidelines on tape recording the history of the Chinese in Hawaii, maps, newsletter, occasional papers.

SERVICES: Reference service, newsletter to members, reading room, research consultation, slide lectures. Membership in this non-profit organization: $5 for individuals and institutions; $10 family; $25 Sustaining; and $500 Life.


Hawaii Mission Children's Society Library
553 South King Street
Honolulu HI 96813
Phone: (808)449-2831/7163

HOURS: M-F 10 AM-4 PM; Saturday by appointment. Closed Sundays and all state & federal holidays.

FUNCTION: To collect and preserve written and pictorial material from the missionary period of 19th-century Hawaii, and to make this material available for study and research.

USE POLICY: Unrestricted use of the general library collection. Unpublished papers may be studied by arrangement with the librarian. On-site use only.

SUBJECT AREAS: Hawaiiana, with emphasis on the American Protestant Mission to Hawaii; published accounts of early voyages to Hawaii; Hawaiian-language books.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Archives of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association (now called United Church of Christ, Hawaii Conference); unpublished letters and reports of American missionaries in Micronesia and the Marquesas; church records; unpublished diaries and journals.

PUBLICATIONS: Missionary Album (1969); The Hawaii Journals of the New England Missionaries, 1813-1894 (1892); HMCS Annual Report; several other titles.

HOLDINGS: 12,000 books, 30 magazine titles; 12 English newspaper titles; 28 Hawaiian newspaper titles; 4,000 pamphlets; 130 microfilm reels; 16mm and 8mm films; videocassettes.


Central Union Church Archives
1660 South Beretania Street
Honolulu HI 96826
Phone: (808)941-0957
FAX: (808)941-9124
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HOURS: By appointment.

USE POLICY: Most of the resources held by Central Union Church are available to the public only through the church historians, Suzanne Case and Rosemary Eberhardt. You may reach Mrs. Case for a question or an appointment through the church office.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Central Union Church is the repository of all extant records of the Portuguese Evangelical Church, also known as Pilgrim Church, formed in the 1890s for Portuguese-speaking Protestants. That church rejoined Central Union in 1940. Holdings include parish records, burial records for internments in that portion of Makiki Cemetery owned and maintained by Central Union Church, a plot map of the cemetery, photos, documents, and other materials.

HOLDINGS:

  • Records of the Portuguese Evangelical Church, Book 1, 1892-1917. All information is in the Portuguese language. Individual entries are in narrative form.
  • Records of the Pilgrim [Portuguese] Church, Book 2, 1918-1936. Handwritten journal entries in the Portuguese language. Later minutes are in English and usually typewritten.
  • Records of the Pilgrim Church, Book 3, 1925-1940. Member lists for 1925 and 1940; short list of members who joined between 11 April 1926 and 24 March 1939; record of deaths from 22 January 1928 to 25 December 1932; record of marriages from 20 May 1924 to 19 January 1930; record of baptisms from 25 April 1924 to 26 August 1924.
  • Baptism Records, Portuguese Evangelical Church/Pilgrim Church. Contains about 325 names from 25 December 1892 to 24 April 1940.
  • A Card Index of Parish Members. About 1910 to 1915, divided by members, baptisms, marriages, deaths, etc.
  • 0-66 O. P. Soares, Portuguese Evangelical Church, 1910. This record is held by the Hawaii State Archives; Central Union has a photocopy. Soares was the minister in 1910.


Hawaiian Historical Society Library
560 Kawaiahao St.
Honolulu HI 96813
Phone: (808)537-6271

HOURS: M-F 10 AM-4 PM

FUNCTION: To make available public research materials and information on the history of Hawaii and the Pacific.

USE POLICY: Unrestricted reference use. No circulation or interlibrary loan.

SUBJECT AREAS: History of Hawaii, Polynesia and the Pacific; including voyages and travels, biographies, social life and customs, native Hawaiians and immigrant groups.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Early voyages to Hawaii and the Pacific, 19th century Hawaiian newspapers, Hawaiian language publications, manuscripts, photographs.

PUBLICATIONS: The Hawaiian Journal of History (annual); Newsletter (quarterly); Annual Report; Indexes to the Journal; books on Hawaii's history. Publications catalog available on request.

HOLDINGS: 11,000 books, 16 magazine titles; 64 newspaper titles; 3,000 pamphlets; microfiche and microfilm.


Lyman House Memorial Museum
276 Haili Street
Hilo HI 96720 (island of Hawaii)
Phone: (808)935-5021

HOURS: By appointment only.

FUNCTION: Research library for Museum staff; access to the public by permission.

USE POLICY: By appointment, under supervision.

SUBJECT AREAS: Hawaiian history with emphasis on missionary years; geology; ethnic groups, as related to the Museum's exhibits.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Old New England newspapers with information on Hawaii; historical photographs; missionary correspondence (if on the big island); records of the Hilo boarding school

HOLDINGS: 7,500 books; 10,000 photographs


Hawaii Maritime Center
Library and Photo Archives
Pier 7
Honolulu HI 96813
Phone: (808)532-1717

HOURS: M, T, Th, F by appointment only (9 AM-4 PM); closed Saturday and Sunday.

FUNCTION: Materials in the collection cover the maritime history of Hawaii. Collection available to people interested in pursuing that subject.

USE POLICY: Open to the public on request. On-site use only.

SUBJECT AREAS: Maritime Hawaii: ships, ports/landings, commerce, recreation, Falls of Clyde and Matson memorabilia.

HOLDINGS: 1,000 books; 600 magazines; 2,000 pamphlets; 33 films; 47 videocassettes; 50 audio cassettes; 5,000 slides; 10,000 filmstrips


Hawaii State Library
478 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone (808)586-3535 (Hawaii & Pacific Section)
Phone (808)586-3499 (Language, Literature & History Section)


Land Court
426 Queen Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone (808)548-6423
 
Hawaii Sugar Planters Association
99-193 Aiea Heights Drive
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
Phone (808)487-5561
Hawaii State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Vital Records Section
1250 Punchbowl Street, Room 103
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone (808)586-4539 or 586-4542
Hawaii State Bureau of Conveyances
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone (808)587-0314
Hawaii Council of Portuguese Heritage
810 North Vineyard Blvd.
Room 7
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96817
Phone (808)845-1616 or
841-0066
Portuguese Genealogical Society
c/o Doris Naumu, President
2117 Awikiwiki Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Phone (808)845-1616
Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii
Phone (808)676-5400
Japanese Consulate General
1742 Nuuanu Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone (808)536-2226
Philippine Consulate Central
2433 Pali Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone (808)595-6316
 


LDS FAMILY HISTORY CENTERS

LDS Family History Center
1500 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96828
Kaneohe Stake Family History Center
46-117 Halaulani Street
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
Phone (808)247-3134
Director - Pat Reynolds
Honolulu Stake Family History Center
1560 South Beretania St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Phone (808)955-8910
Hours: 8 AM-4 PM Tues & Thurs;
8:30 AM-12:30 PM Saturday
Waipahu Stake Family History Center
94-210 Kahualii
Waipahu, Hawaii
Phone (808)678-0752
Honolulu West Stake
Family History Center

2203-A Makanani Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone (808)845-9701
Director - Susumu Arima
Mililani Stake Family History Center
95-1039 Meheula Parkway
Mililani, Hawaii 96789
Phone (808)623-1712
Laie Stake & Laie North Stake
Family History Center

55-600A Naniloa Loop
Laie, Hawaii
Phone (808)293-2133
Hilo Stake Family History Library
416 Linaka Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Director - Stan Barcarse
Kauai Stake Family History Center
4580 Ehiku Road
Lihue, Hawaii
Phone: (808)246-9119
Hours: M 9 AM-12 PM;
T 9 AM-12 PM, 6:30 PM-9 PM;
W 8 AM-12 PM, 6:30 PM-9 PM;
Th 10 AM-2 PM, 6:30 PM-9 PM;
Sunday by appointment.
 


LINEAGE SOCIETIES

Hawaii Mayflower Society
Daughters of Hawaii
Hawaii Society, Sons of the American Revolution
Aloha Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
DAR Memorial Library
1914 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822


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