The Bishop Museum Library & Archives is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays* from 9 a.m. to Noon. Capacity is limited.

*Except holiday weekends


For more information please email or, or call (808) 848-4148.

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.

Online Records

Library Catalog
Library holdings in the “Voyager” catalog include published materials such as monographs, pamphlets, and sheet music.

Archives Catalog
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.

Anthropology Manuscripts Anthropology Projects
Records of manuscripts and projects of the Bishop Museum Anthropology Department.

Hawaiʻi Pacific Journal Index

Hawaiʻi Sheet Music Index

Online Resources

Hawaiʻi ALIVE
Online access to curated primary source materials created for teachers of Hawaiian history and culture.

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.

For all inquiries, please email