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Hawaii Vital Records
Hawaii has birth and death records beginning in 1853. Prior to 1896, however, the records are incomplete. Early vital records were kept by local government authorities and clergymen. There are a few missionary reports that date back as early as 1826. They are on file at the Hawaii State Archives, the Department of Health, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Library in Honolulu, and many are at the FHL in Salt Lake City. Since 1911, delayed birth certificates can be applied for in Hawaii. They often contain valuable genealogical information. The FHL has seventy microfilm rolls of delayed birth records for Hawaii. This collection contains 50,000 delayed birth records and covers the period from 1859 to 1903, with indexes from 1859 to 1938. Most records are now deposited with the State Department of Health.
For birth, marriage, and death records, write:

Hawaii Department of Health
Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801-9984

Census Records
The Hawaiian Islands were annexed by the United States in 1898. The 1900 U.S. census was being taken when the islands became a U.S. territory on 14 June 1900. The 1900 U.S. census is thus arranged by island because there were no counties at that time. The island of Niihau was enumerated as E.D. 84 of Kauai, the island of Kahoolawe as E.D. 107, and Lanai as E.D. 100 of Maui.
Island censuses for portions of Hawaii were also enumerated in 1866, 1878, 1890, and 1896. The 1878 census covers the islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu, and the 1896 census covers Honolulu only. Copies of these early census records are on file at the Hawaii State Archives and the FHL. The Hawaii State Archives has two "census files" dating from 1840 to 1866 and from 1847 to 1896 which contain miscellaneous records such as school census, population lists, and vital record summaries. These are also on microfilm at the FHL.

Hawaii Research Sources
Kuykendall, Ralph S. The Hawaiian Kingdom, 1778–1854: Foundation and Transformation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1966.
Kuykendall, Ralph S. The Hawaiian Kingdom, 1854–1874: Twenty Critical Years. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1966.
Kuykendall, Ralph S. The Hawaiian Kingdom, 1874–1893: The Kalakaua Dynasty. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1966.
Pukui, Mary Kawena, Samuel H. Elbert, and Esther T. Mookini. Place Names of Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1974.
Char, Tin-Yuke, and Wai Jane Char. Chinese Historic Sites and Pioneer Families of the Island of Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1979.
Lind, Andrew W. Hawaii's People. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1971.
Okahata, James H., ed. A History of Japanese in Hawaii. Honolulu: United Japanese Society of Hawaii, 1971.
Mulholland, John F. Hawaii's Religions. Rutland, Vt.: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1970.

Hawaii Research Sources

Hawaii State Archives
Iolani Palace Grounds
478 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Hawaiian Historical Society
560 Kawaiahao Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus
Hamilton Library
Honolulu, HI 96822

Hawaii state library



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