Research, Resources, & Library
Accessing the SHPD Library
Please fill out the Library Research Request Form. Please note that no research materials are allowed to leave the SHPD Kapolei library. All access will be approved by SHPD Librarian/Archivist, Helen Wong Smith. For any questions please contact her at: Helen.W.Smith@Hawaii.gov.
Widely acknowledged as the premier journal of Pacific scholarship, produced by the UH-Mānoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies. The current year’s issues are only available via the Library’s subscription to Project Muse (click link below); all other issues, from Vol. 1, no. 1 through one year prior to present, are freely available through Scholarspace. All issues of The Contemporary Pacific are indexed in the Hawaiʻi Pacific Journal Index.
Provides access to issues dating from 2000 to present. The current year’s issues are only available through Project Muse; all previous issues can also be freely accessed through Scholarspace, by clicking the link above. All issues of The Contemporary Pacific are indexed in the Hawai’i Pacific Journal Index.
The first 100 volumes (i.e. the first 100 years, from 1892 through 1991) are available in full text online. Caution: Some of the online editions do not include photographs and/or illustrations that were published in print editions. The Pacific Collection maintains a print subscription and holds a complete set of back issues on its reference shelves. Indexed in the Hawaii-Pacific Journal Index.
Click Expert, then click the Land and Maps Research Tab.
UHM Library’s Maps, Aerial Photographs, GIS unit. Online content includes Hawaiʻi topographic quadrangles, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Hawaiʻi; aerial photographs of much of Oʻahu and parts of other Hawaiʻi islands; and links to other online content. Strengths in MAGIS’s physical collections and in-house services include maps from Hawaii, the Pacific region and Asia; and GIS services.
Includes link to Hawaii registered maps, aerial photographs 1950s-2000, scanned topographic maps, land use maps.
Licensed for UH Manoa use only. Digital access to fire insurance maps from various areas in Hawaii. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and layer maps from different years. (ProQuest)
Fire insurance maps for Honolulu only, 1891. Click on the plus-sign next to “View larger image” to see an enlarged list of streets and sites.
Historical documents, photographs, sound recordings, moving pictures, books, pamphlets, maps, and other resources from the Library of Congress.
Online access to over 22,000 historical maps and images, including many of Hawaiʻi.
LInk to “map search” page to locate specific maps, at
First American Real Estate Solutions.
Call Number: G1534.21 .G46 R43 (Hawaiian Collection Reference)
TAX MAPS for Hawaii, updated annually. Includes data books, which allow you to search for taxpayer and parcel information, by street address or TMK number.
Historical Accounts of Places
- Legacy of the Landscape: An Illustrated Guide to Hawaiian Archaelogical Sites, by Patrick Vinton Kirch.
Online not available.
Call number: Hawn GN875 .H3 K55 1996 (located in Hawn Place Names Ref, Hawn, and Hamilton)
- Foreignersʻ Observations of Hawaii in the Early 1820s: A Selected Biography and Index to Journal Accounts, by, Cynthia D. Knight
Online not available.
Call number: Hawn Z4708 .A4 K58 1987 (located in Hawn Ref and Hawn)
Provides foreign views.
Call number: Hawn DU622 .A4 (located in Hawn Ref serials and Hawn)
Check General index: 1875-1932 and Name index: 1875-1932
From: Thrumʻs Hawaiian Annual for 1938, the reference book of information and statistics relating to the Territory of Hawaii, of value to merchants, tourists and others (1938), pp. 121-142. Call number: HAWN REPRINT 023.13. In Hawn Coll.
From: Thrum’s Hawaiian Annual for 1916, the reference book of information and statistics relating to the Territory of Hawaii, of value to merchants, tourists and others (pp. 87-91.)
Printed version Call Number HAWN REPRINT H023.16. In Hawn Coll.
Online version. Search HEIAU in Contents box
- Heiaus and Heiau Sites Throughout the Hawaiian Islands; Ommiting Koas, or Places of offering to Kuula, the Deity of Fisher Folk
From: Thrumʻs Hawaiian Annual for 1907, 1908, 1909, the reference book of information… 1907-pp. 36-48; 1908-pp 38-47; 1909-pp 38-43.Printed version: Call Number: HAWN REPRINT 023.12. In Hawn Coll.
Online 1907 version. Search HEIAU in Contents box
Online 1908 version.Search HEIAU in Contents box
1909 Online not avail
- Heiaus; Their Kinds, Construction, Ceremonies, etc. – translated from the writings of S.M. Kamakaus and others.
From Thrum’s Hawaiian Annual for 1910, the reference book for information and statistics…pp. 53-71. Printed version: HAWN REPRINT H023.11. In Hawn Coll.
From: Thrumʻs Hawaiian Annual for 1917, the reference book of information and statistics…pp. 52-61. Printed version: HAWN REPRINT 023.17. In Hawn Coll)
HAWN REPRINT 023.18 (located in Hawn)
From: Thrumʻs Hawaiian Annual for 1918, the reference book of information and statistics …pp. 125-128. Printed version Call Number: HAWN REPRINT 023.18. In Hawn Coll.
- Heiau of the Island of Hawaii: A Historic Survey of Native Hawaiian Temple Sites, by, John F. G. Stokes.
Call number: Hawn GN4 .B57 no. 2 (located in Hawn and Hamilton)
Online not available.
Call number: Hawn DU629 .W35 1962 (located in Hawn).
Online not available.
Call number: Hawn DU621.5 .S73 1993 (located in Hawn)
Calendar, with photographs and brief descriptions.
Call number: Hawn SH35 .H3 d46 1990b (located in Hawn and Hamilton
Call number: Hawn SH35 .H3 D46 1990 (located in Hawn and Hamilton)
Call number: Hawn SH35 .H3 D46 1989 (located in Hawn and Hamilton)
Call number: Hawn SH35 .H3 D46 1990c (located in Hawn and Hamilton
HoLIS – this is the State GIS (not ours) portal that you can use to look up TMK parcels. You can link to the property info, any permits, and other things.
OEQC – Office of Environmental Quality Control. Provides downloadable PDFs for Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and similar documents that often include archaeological reports as appendices.
Other Helpful Sites
USGS historical topo map viewer – You can overlay historic (usually not past 1950s) for an area.
Land Document Searches
AVA Konohiki provides maps, as well as transcripts of Land Commission Awards (LCAs) documents.
Waihona ʻĀina database allows you to search for LCAs, Royal Patents (RPs), and Land Grants. You have to pay for full access but as a guest you can search and verify some things like award #, claimant, area, etc.
Bishop Museumʻs Anthropology Department Hawaiian Archaeological Survey – This searchable database contains information from each site in Hawai’i excavated by Bishop Museum archaeologists.
Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation Select “Historic Places” for properties by county.