GIS & Maps


Grandière’s 1858 Map of Honolulu (Published by Editions Limited)

A geographic information system (GIS) is a helpful tool for managing and analyzing data to assist in communication, reporting, and understanding of geographic places and phenomena. SHPD uses GIS to assist the review and compliance program by allowing staff and stakeholders to visualize historic properties that may be potentially affected by a number of factors including: development, sea level rise, natural disasters, and other economic and geological processes. The SHPD GIS is also an important tool for education, outreach, and community involvement that can enhance the decision-making of legislators, large landowners, government officials, and community organizations.

The overall purpose of GIS is to allow people to tell their story by using a map based on accurate information. SHPD strives to create a GIS that is beneficial to all people of Hawaiʻi, to assist them in telling their story, and give everyone an opportunity to understand the importance of preserving Hawaiʻi’s past for future generations.

Over the years, several phases of GIS development have occurred at SHPD in an effort to digitize all historic properties listed in the State Inventory of Historic Places, as well as the National and State Registers. The current iteration of the SHPD geodatabase contains feature classes and attributes that clearly define the eligibility, condition, preservation status, historic context, etc., of each historic site, building, structure, object, and district, according to National Park Service and Federal Geodetic Data Committee standards for geospatial data under the Cultural Resources theme. As this dataset is still a work in progress, SHPD encourages you to use the Office of Hawaiian Affair’s Kipuka Database when searching for geographic information concerning historic properties. 

State Inventory of Historic Places:

IslandTotal Sites in SIHP
NW Islands9
Historic Register ListingsCount
National Register383
Hawaiʻi Register1100
Last Update2/13/2024

For information on how to submit an SIHP request please refer to the Forms page.

Geographic Information & Maps:

SHPD ArcGIS Online : For internal SHPD staff only.

Ahupuaʻa Story Map: Story map describing the Statewide GIS Program’s Ahupuaʻa GIS Layer project and the steps needed to map ahupuaʻa appropriately.

Honouliuli Ahupuaʻa Story Map: Story map created by the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu that uses SHPD GIS data.

Kaʻena Point National Heritage Area Story Map: Story Map to compliment the report SHPD created in support of designating Kaʻena Point as a National Heritage Area.

USGS Quad Map for the State of Hawaiʻi (PDF):

Hawaiʻi Coordinate Systems map (PDF):

Tax Map Key (TMK) Zone Maps (PDF):

Ahupuaʻa & Moku Maps by Island (PDF):


The two maps below are by S.P. Kalama in 1837 and 1838 and are the only two known maps of ahupuaʻa created by a Hawaiian prior to the Great Mahele. Click on each to enlarge.

Credit: ©2014

Kalama’s Ahupuaʻa Map of 1837


Kalama’s Ahupuaʻa Map of 1838


SHPD currently uses Esri’s ArcGIS 10.8.2 and ArcGIS Pro 3.2.1 for mapping projects, Trimble Geo7x for GPS data collection, Trimble T10 Tablets for Survey 123 data collection, Trimble Pathfinder for post-processing GPS data, and references all non-cultural layers from the Hawaiʻi Statewide GIS Program, please follow this link to download and access all current State data. For any questions or comments about SHPD’s GIS program please contact the GIS Specialist at [email protected].