To utilize the aerial photo print collection effectively, you must first specify the geographic extent and the approximate time ranges you are interested in. Then we can identify flight lines that meet your criteria and pull the most appropriate prints.
Please fill out and submit the aerial photo request form.
We also have digital aerial photos and imagery.
Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI)
World War II Western Pacific
USFWS - Pacific
USGS - HI/PAC
USGS - SE Oahu
Photo Contour maps of Oahu (1969)
Digital Aerial Photos & Imagery
We have one aerial survey per decade for much of Hawai'i beginning with the early 1950s. Approximately 10,000 aerial prints, dating from 1950-2000, were lost in flood, and most were replaced in digital format; 500 additional image files were purchased from NOAA after the flood with Hawaiian Collection funding. Our primary sources include photos issued by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Navy.
***Many of the digital aerial photographs were made available online through our Aerial Photo Viewer. However, due to some recent security threat to our server we are taking down Aerial Photo Viewer for the next couple of months. Sorry for the inconvenience.***
Users can still find flightlines numbers, area coverage by flightlines and years by clicking the island names below. We are in the process of creating KML files to make the flightlines viewable in Google Earth. Until we finish creating the KML files, users are requested to fill out the request form with either the area name or the flightline number.
See the GIS Data & Imagery page for additional imagery resources.
What are Aerial Photos Used For?
Aerial photos document the landscape by providing a bird's eye view at a certain point in time. Change analysis is faciliated by comparing aerials taken at various intervals and may be applied to:
- property disputes
- environmental analysis
- coastal change
- landuse planning
- disaster assessment and response
- manipulation and analyis in GIS software
Using Aerial Photos
Aerial Photography Scale (UCSB Libraries)
Aerial Photograph Resolution (UCSB Libraries)
Tutorial: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing (Natural Resources Canada)
Beginner's Guide to Landsat GeoCover Satellite Images (Geology.com)
This tutorial will help you appreciate how different types of ground cover are represented on a Landsat GeoCover image.