In anticipation of our upcoming re-opening in March 2017, the Bishop Museum Library and Archives is no longer accepting new research appointment requests. Details of the re-opening and new public research hours will be announced by the Museum in February 2017.
Mahalo for your patience during this time of reduced public access, which has allowed the Museum to plan and implement a new model of operation for the Library and Archives.
The Bishop Museum Library and Archives staff look forward to assisting you in the very near future.
Bishop Museum’s Library & Archives have one of the richest and most varied collections of published works and primary source materials related to Hawai‘i and the Pacific.
Our Library holdings include rare books, periodicals, newspapers, and special collections of published material.
The Museum’s Archives hold the results of extensive studies done by Museum staff in various disciplines throughout the Pacific, as well diverse and important collections of manuscripts, photographs, artwork, oral histories, sound recordings, and maps.
Archival holdings in the “Voyager” catalog are limited to oral histories, recorded mele (songs & chants), mele manuscripts, moving images, and art. All other collections necessitate in-house finding aids and catalogs.
Hawaiian Ethnological Notes
Commonly called HEN, these notes are largely Hawaiian language material translated by Mary Kawena Pukui. This material includes articles which appeared in Hawaiian Language newspapers. The online search engine provides access to records only. The HEN material must be accessed in-person but will eventually be available on OHA’s Papakilo database.
Online access to curated primary source materials created for teachers of Hawaiian history and culture.
Government & Governance: A Digital Initiative
This online curated collection of 19th century primary sources pays particular respect to topics of sovereignty, annexation, and the evolution of Hawaiʻi’s monarchial system of government in both the Hawaiian and English languages.
The Maps of Henry E.P. Kekahuna
This online map collection contains detailed records of numerous archaeological sites on Hawaiʻi Island.
A Survey of Molokaʻi: The Maps and Photographs of John F.G. Stokes
This online collection contains detailed records of John F.G. Stokes’s archaeological survey of Molokaʻi in 1909.