Aloha from State Historic Preservation Division!

Mission Statement

The State Historic Preservation Division of DLNR works to preserve and sustain reminders of earlier times which link the past to the present. SHPD’s three branches, History and Culture, Archaeology, and Architecture, strive to accomplish this goal through a number of different activities. The division’s statewide Inventory of Historic Properties contains information on more than 38,000 historic sites in Hawai`i. Reviews of development projects are the primary means of lessening the effects of change on our historic and cultural assets.

The Burial Sites Program, the Certified Local Government Program, the Historic Preservation Program, maintenance of the Hawai`i and National Register of Historic Places, SHPD’s Information and Education Program, and Inter-agency Archaeological Services, are designed to promote the use and maintenance of historic properties for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of Hawai`i’s citizens and visitors.


I ulu no ka lālā i ke kumu.  The branches grow because of the trunk.
(Without our ancestors we would not be here.)
`Ōlelo No`eau # 1261

SHPD’s three branches, Architecture, Archaeology, and History & Culture, collectively strive to preserve and protect Hawai`i’s historic identity.  In Hawai`i, looking back is an integral part of going forward.  SHPD is a part of ensuring that Hawai`i’s treasured past is here for future generations. 




Nominated and Listed Properties on the Hawaiʻi and National Registers of Historic Places. Updated-1-3-2018


IMPORTANT: Library Report Loan System Unavailable till June 30, 2018

The State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) has procured a contractor to scan the all the reports situated in the SHPD Kapolei Library. This initiative is the first phase of digitizing the Division’s files into a central database as part of a migration toward an Integrated Data Management System. Therefore, please be aware that all reports that have been loaned out must be returned to SHPD by end of business, August 31, 2017. Thereafter, these reports will only be available for review by the public during normal business hours (7:45 am to 4:30 pm) at the SHPD Kapolei Library and will not be loaned out until the contractor has completed scanning all the reports. The contractor is scheduled to complete the scanning of the reports by June 30, 2018. See attachment for official announcement: Library Announcement 8/17/2017