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Hawaii Listings —
Counties in Hawaii are the only legally constituted government bodies below that of the state. There are no separate city governments in the Islands below the county level.

Note: The Hawaiian language uses two special diacritical marks. The kahako ('macron,' consisting of a horizontal line over the vowel) lengthens the pronunciation of the vowel on which it is placed. The 'okina (glottal stop, or hamza) signifies a clean break between two vowels. As precise Hawaiian spellings have no counterpart in HTML, we have taken liberties with the Hawaiian diacritical marks to enable the maximum number of users to enjoy the site. The single open quote (') will be used for the 'okina. For those who want more information on the Hawaiian alphabet, language and pronunciation, contact the Kaua'ī Historical Society for more information.


  • Hawai' ī County, Hawaii —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 2, 2010
  • Formed from:  The Island of Hawaii (Great Island or Big Island), and is over half the state's total land area.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1905
    County Seat:  Hilo, Hawaii

    County history - Hawaii County is named in honor of the Island of Hawai'i, with which the county is coterminous. The Island is also called the  Great or Big Island.

    Hawaii Courthouse
    GHLL Hawaii County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Hawaii County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Hawaii County, HI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Kona Historical Society and Museum / Captain Cook, HI)
    6. US/HIGenWeb site - Hawaii County Archives
    7. US/HIGenWeb - Hawaii County Genealogy & History
    8. Hawaii County Vital Records - Hawaii County Clerk, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720-4252.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Maui County (northwest).

        Hawaii County - County Government (modern)
        Hawaii County - Information and history of Hawaii County

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        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Honolulu County, Hawaii —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 15, 2010
  • Formed from:  The island of Oahu, and the entire Hawaiian Archipelago northwest of Kauai County except the Midway Islands, which are not part of the State of Hawaii in 1905.
    Established:  21-Aug-1959
    County Seat:  Honolulu, Hawaii

    County history - Honolulu County is derived from the native words hono, meaning "a bay", and lulu, meaning "sheltered".

    Honolulu Courthouse

    Capitol history - The new Capitol replaced 'Iolani Palace as the seat of state government on March 15, 1969. Housing the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the state legislature, the structure is admired for its symbolic design.
    — courtesy HawaiiWeb.com.


    Hawaii State Capitol

    GHLL Honolulu County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Honolulu County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Honolulu County, HI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Honolulu County Genealogical Society / Honolulu, HI)
    6. US/HIGenWeb site - Honolulu County Archives
    7. US/HIGenWeb - Honolulu County Genealogy & History
    8. Honolulu County Vital Records - Honolulu County Clerk, City Hall, Honolulu, HI 96813-3014.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Maui County (southeast), Kauai County (northwest).

        Honolulu County - Information and history of Honolulu County
        Honolulu County - Medical Directory for Honolulu 1902
        Pearl Harbor - a comprehensive list of the names of all civilians and military
             personnel killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941.

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  • Kalawa'ō County, Hawaii —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 9, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Father Damian's famous Molokai Leper Colony.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1905
    County Seat:  None (administered by Hawaii Dept. of Health)

    County history - Kalawao County is named after The village of Kalawao, which lies within its boundaries, from the Polynesian word meaning "Mountain Area". The county is on the Kalaupapa Peninsula, on the north coast of the island of Moloka!"i. Kalawao County is a separate county from the rest of Moloka!"i, which is part of Maui County. Maui County does not claim jurisdiction over the three villages of Kalaupapa, Kalawao, and Waikolu.
             St. Philomena Church, the location of Father Damian's famous Molokai Leper Colony which, due to the nature of the disease, allowed no contact with the outside world and required a separate, independent county administration, which was mostly merged into Maui County in the 1970's and 1980's. Now that Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) is treatable, the Colony is closing and becoming Kalaupapa National Historic Park. This county does still officially exist, however, and is the nation's smallest in area, at 13 square miles, and in population, currently around 60.



    St. Philomena Church
    GHLL Kalawao County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. US/HIGenWeb site - Kalawao County Archives
    5. US/HIGenWeb - Kalawao County Genealogy & History
    6. Kalawao County Vital Records - (None found online at the time of this update)
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
              Maui County (south).

        Hawaii Genealogy Trails - Genealogy and History

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    Census Information:
        1920 Census (T) - Census for Island of Molokai, Leper Settlement ED71
        1920 Census (I) and 1920 Census (T) - Hawaiian Territory (entire county).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Kaua' ī County, Hawaii —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 24, 2014
  • Formed from:  The islands of Kaua'i, Ni'ihau, Lehua, and Ka'ula..
    Established:  xx-xxx-1905
    County Seat:  Lihue, Hawaii

    County history - Kauai County name:  There is no known meaning behind the name of Kaua'i. Native Hawaiian tradition indicates the name's origin in the legend of Hawai'iloa, the Polynesian navigator attributed with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. The legend relates how he named the island of Kaua'i after a favorite son; a possible translation of Kaua'i is "place around the neck", meaning how a father might carry a favorite child. Also known as The Garden Islands.


    Kauai Courthouse
    GHLL Kauai County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Kauai County, HI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Kaua'ī Historical Society / Lihu'ē, HI)
    6. US/HIGenWeb site - Kauai County Archives
    7. US/HIGenWeb - Kauai County Genealogy & History
    8. Kauai County Vital Records - Kauai County Clerk, 4396 Rice Street, Lihue, HI 96766-1337.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Honolulu County (southeast).

        Hawaii Genealogy Trails - Kaua'i County Genealogy and History
        Kauai County - Information and history of Kalaheo
        KAUAI County Historic Events - The 1924 Filipino Strike on Kaua' ī.

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    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Maui County, Hawaii —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 18, 2013
  • Formed from:  The islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1905
    County Seat:  Wailuku, Hawaii

    County history - Maui County is named in honor of the diminutive Polynesian culture hero and trickster, Maui, the name means: "water of destruction."

    Maui Courthouse
    GHLL Maui County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Maui County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Maui County, HI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Friends of Moku'ula / Lahaina, HI)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Maui Historical Society and Museum/ Wailuku, HI)
    7. US/HIGenWeb site - Maui County Archives
    8. US/HIGenWeb - Maui County Genealogy & History
    9. Maui County Vital Records - Office of the County Clerk, 200 S. High Street, Room 708, Wailuku, HI 96793.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Hawaii County (southeast), Kalawao County (north), Honolulu County
             (northwest).

        Maui - Map
        Maui County - Maui County On-Line
        Maui County - The Stories of the Genealogies of Maui
        Maui County - Maui County Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)

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        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.



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