History/Culture

Bishop Museum - Online Data
Provides information about its departments, including a staff directory, a campus map and links to its library and archives.

Blount Reports
The pertinent portion of the Report made to the 1894 US House by Blount titled Affairs in Hawaiʻi which is the basic source document for the Hawaiʻi sovereignty movement. It assesses conditions in Hawaiʻi after the Hawaiian Republic was forcibly taken over by the Committee of Safety.

Bob Krauss Research Index
In 2006 the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library's Hawaiian Collection received the private research index created by the late Bob Krauss, longtime columnist for the Honolulu Advertiser and commentator on cultural, social, historical, and political developments in Hawaiʻi. His wide-ranging knowledge of Hawaiʻi was phenomenal, and his research resulted in hundreds of columns and numerous books of history, biography, travel, and social commentary.

Filipino Digital Archives & History Center of Hawaiʻi
Its focus is on Filipinos in Hawaiʻi as Hawaiʻi's relative geographic isolation presents a unique physical and social environment.

Hawaiʻi Nisei Story
This Kapi‘olani Community College/Asia-Pacific Digital Library site focuses on the experiences of Hawaiʻi’s Americans of Japanese ancestry, from the early decades of the 20th century, through World War II and the postwar era up to the present.

Hawaiʻi State Library
The Hawaiʻi and Pacific Section provides in-depth reference and readers' advisory services to a worldwide audience using a wide variety of resources: books, pamphlets, government documents, periodicals, maps, microforms, and electronic databases.

Hawaiʻi War Records (UH Manoa)
The Hawaiʻi War Records Depository (HWRD) holds approximately 1,000 photos from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and 330 photos from the Honolulu Advertiser, representing primary material from the two English-language Honolulu newspapers.

Hawaiian Historical Society
The Hawaiian Historical Society, founded in 1892, is dedicated to preserving historical materials relating to Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region and publishing scholarly research. The Hawaiian Journal of History is published annually.

Hawaiian Volcano House Registers
"The Volcano House Registers is a collection of hotel guest registers from the historic Volcano House in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The digitized registers span 57 years, from 1865-1922. The guests of the Volcano House signed the registers and included detailed illustrations, anecdotes from their visits, calling cards, poems, and comics."

Honolulu Record
In 1948, Koji Ariyoshi, a social activist, published a labor-focused newspaper called the Honolulu Record. Founded on social change, Ariyoshiʻs goal was to present an alternate view on local and world issues, especially those affecting the working class people of Hawaii.

Hui Malama I Na Kupuna ‘O Hawaiʻi Nei
This Native Hawaiian organization is dedicated to the proper treatment of ancestral Native Hawaiians. Its site includes information regarding traditional interment and re-interment and Federal, State, and County laws, including the status of current cases.

Internet Archive
Search for your topic and find materials that have been digitized and are available for download.

Ka Huli Ao Digital Archives
Established at the William S. Richardson Law School in 2005, this Archives focuses the preservation of valuable historical, legal, traditional and customary materials. In collaboration with the Hawaiʻi State Archives, the collection includes approximately 300,000 images of historic documents ranging from the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi's original Constitution to the journals of the proceedings of the House of Nobles.

Kumu Pono Associates
Kepā and Onaona Maly comprise Kumu Pono, an independent consulting firm which has over 30 years experience in conducting detailed historical archival studies, indexing and translating Hawaiian language accounts from historic Hawaiian newspapers, journals, and land records, conducting detailed oral history studies, writing cultural assessment studies, site preservation and cultural resource management plans, and contributing to the development of integrated resource management plans.

Library of Congress - Chronicling America
Chronicling America provides access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Mahele Book (Hawaiʻi State Archives)
The māhele, or division of lands between Kamehameha III, the chiefs, and the konohiki was a single transaction that commenced on Jan. 28, 1848, and ended on Mar. 7, 1848. It is recorded in the Buke Kakau Paa no ka mahele aina i Hooholoia i waena o Kamehameha III a me Na Lii a me na Konohiki ana, commonly referred to as the Māhele Book.

Papakilo Database
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs continues to assemble a database of varied collections of data pertaining to historically and culturally significant places, events and documents in Hawaiʻi's history. Mandatory login is no longer required but login is still necessary for specific features such as adding notes to documents.

Polynesian Voyaging Society
PVS was founded in 1973 to research the means by which Polynesian seafarers discovered and settled nearly every inhabitable island in the Pacific before European explorers found the ocean in the 16th century. This site provides information about the history and traditions of canoe voyaging.

Save Our Surf (UH Manoa)
Save Our Surf (SOS) digital collection consists of unpublished material from the SOS organization: an environmental, social, political, and cultural movement that contributed to the contemporary Hawaiian sovereignty movement.

Survey of Hawaiʻi Historical Records Institutions (.pdf)
Commissioned by the Hawaiʻi State Historical Records Advisory Board, it provides an analysis of the archival collections in Hawaiʻi, i.e. access and holdings formats. The Directory includes collection description with hyperlinks.

Tax Assessment and Collection Ledgers (Hawaiʻi State Archives)
Tax Assessment and Collection Ledgers 1847-1899 document the revenue generating activities of the government of Hawaiʻi. The records provide the name and residence of the taxpayer, tax assessed and the amount owed. Real property, income, poll, and school are examples of the types of taxes assessed.

Thrum's Hawaiian Almanac and Annual
The Hawaiian Almanac, now commonly known as "Thrum's," was published annually between 1875 and 1974. In addition to statistical reports on business, population, government, weather and geography, each volume included directories of government, businesses and organizations, and articles and essays on a wide variety of topics.

UH Mānoa Hawaiian Collections, Databases and Indexes
Databases and Indexes for UH Mānoa's Hawaiian and Special Collections including Hawaiʻi newspapers and journals, Hawaiian music and others.