Vital Statistics Collection


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About this collection

The Vital Statistics Collection for Hawaii Island includes records of three types of reports; births, marriages and deaths from 1832-1929.

Note: The Vital Statistics Collection has been scanned in black and white to provide viewers access to the information presented in these documents; however some records have been scanned in color to help distinguish various types of marking on the original document. There are also names where the surname or family name have not been identified and/or displayed in several ways. This would affect your search if you are browsing by the last name.

For example: the names on a record might appear as in the following, which is then listed in the "Names" browse tab under:

  • Chung Bong Kwan = Chung Bong Kwan
  • K. Tong Kai = Kai, K. Tong AND Tong Kai, K.

Therefore you may want to do a Search by name rather than browse if you are unable to find a record in the Names section.

Births: There are very few records of births and they consist of listings submitted by school teachers who kept registers of births to be submitted to the Department of Public Instruction. Records before 1864 are mainly statistical. The records contain mainly the name of the child, district, and birth date, though some reports show the sex, parents' names and place of birth.

Marriages: The majority of the records in this collection are of marriages, consisting of records from marriage license agents who issued licenses to marry, ministers who conducted the ceremonies, school agents who were required to file reports and the Territorial Treasurer. These records are organized by the groom's name, which is indicated by '''(k)''', followed by the bride's name. Thus the names are alphabetized by the groom's (last, first) name only under the Names button.

Deaths: There are also very few records of deaths and they consist of listings submitted by school teachers who kept registers of deaths to be submitted to the Department of Public Instruction before 1896, then by agents to the Department of Health after 1896. Records before 1864 were also mainly statistical. Death records minimally show the name, date of death, and district. There are some reports that show the sex, residence, place of birth and cause of death.

Presently only records found in: H-5, H-7, H-8, H-9, H-12, H-13, H-14, H-14a, H-14b, H-14c, H-14d, H-14e, H-15, H-16, H-17, H-18, H-19, H-20, H20a, H-21, H21a, H-22, H-23, H-23a, H-24, H-25, H-26, H-27a thru H-27d, H-28, H-29, H-30, H-31, H-31a, 32, H-32a, H-32b, H-33, H-34, H-35, H-36, H-37, H-38, H-39, H-40, H-41, H-42a thru H-42m, H-43, H-44, H-45, H-46 and H-47 are available online.

How to find information in the Vital Statistics Collection collection

There are 3 ways to find information in this collection:

  • search for particular names by clicking the Search button
  • browse documents by Names by clicking the Names button
  • browse documents by Location by clicking the Location button




Hawaii State Archives
Kekauluohi Building, Iolani Palace Grounds, 364 S. King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-0329 Fax: (808) 586-0330 E-mail: archives@hawaii.gov