Hawaii Vital Records
Hawaii Vital Records
The Office of Vital Records maintains every state level vital file within the state of Hawaii. These files include documents about a resident’s most important life events, including births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. The documents in question can include, but aren’t limited to, divorce decrees, divorce certificates and other divorce records, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, marriage certificates. These records are all kept together in one registry to be used for statistical analysis.
Divorce records are given out by Hawaii government officials after the event is registered. The circuit court records are usually where divorce proceedings can be found. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of these between the years 1849 and 1915. There was a state-wide registration of divorces in 1950. When a person files for divorce or annulment in Hawaii, the documents are stored in a central registry with all other state vital files. These documents can include divorce certificates, divorce decrees, and other records. It depends on the state in question as to whether these can be viewed by the public. There is a $10 fee for each first copy of a record, and $4 for any additional copy.
Marriage records are also handed out by government officials in Hawaii after the wedding is registered. The Hawaii State Archives, the State Department of Health, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Library all hold early collections of Hawaii marriage records. There is a collection from 1826 to 1929 at the Hawaii State Archives, as well as an index between 1826 and 1910. There are microfilm copies of these records available at the Family History Library. In 2018, there were 2,519 marriages in the state of Hawaii. There is a $10 fee for each first copy of a record, and $4 for any additional copy.
Birth records usually refer to the birth certificate issued after a child’s birth, or a certified copy of the original. There was a state-wide registration for births in 1842, but this was not fully complied with until 1929. The local government and clergymen recorded some birth records before 1860. People can find these records at The Hawaii State Archives, the State Department of Health, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Library. Some of these records can be found on microfilm at the Family History Library. In 2018, there were 2,091 births in the state of Hawaii. There is a $10 fee for each first copy of a record, and $4 for any additional copy.
Death records usually refer to the copy of information from a person’s death certificate after their passing. Death records in Hawaii are split into two categories, before 1853 and after 1853. Before 1853, records were sourced from Hawaii’s Church Records and the Hawaii Family Search. This includes some early microfilm copies. Since 1853, records have been collected every year from the Hawaii state register, Registrar and Hawaii Death Index. A state-wide registration was introduced in 1859, but was not generally complied with until 1929. In 2018, there were 1,673 deaths in the state of Hawaii. There is a $10 fee for each first copy of a record, and $4 for any additional copy.
<h2">Why are these records available to the public?
The Hawaii Uniform Information Practices Act was passed in 1975, with the latest changes coming in 2015. The aim of this act was to allow all residents the ability to access public records.
To access records:
1250 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-4400
Fax: (808) 586-4444