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Maps, Aerial Photographs, and GIS (MAGIS): Aerial Photos & Imagery

Information about the physical and digital collections in Maps, Aerial Photos, and Geographic Information Systems. Also the GIS Lab and GIS data and imagery sources.


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.

Physical Collections

Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI)
More than 10,000 aerial prints of Micronesia with coverage from 1945 to 1976. Received from Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Archives (Saipan). Collection includes photos of the islands of the former-TTPI, primarily Marshalls, Ponape, Truk, Marianas, Yap, Palau, and Kosrae. These aerials complement the TTPI documents, microfilm, and photographs held by the Pacfic Collection. This collection is being digitized, but not yet available online.Contact us with your request.

World War II Western Pacific
More than 70,000 aerial prints from more than 1,000 flights, most dating from 1942-1949. Received from UCLA. Collection primarily of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea,  Philippines, Solomon Islands, New Hebrides, other parts of South East Asia and the Far East. This collection is being digitized.

​USFWS - Pacific
Approximately 1,100 aerial prints, dating from 1970s-1990s. Prints were donated to MAGIS post-flood by Jim Maragos.  Primarily of the Marshall Islands, Chuuk, Yap, Ponape, Guam, and American Samoa.

Approximately 4,000-5,000 aerial prints, dating from 1920s-1980s.  Prints were donated to MAGIS post-flood by the local USGS office. Two major components - Hawaii and Pacific Islands. The Hawaii component includes a unique collection of USGS prints (Oahu only) from the 1920s. The Pacific Island component includes prints of Wallis, Marshalls, Ponape, Truk, Marianas, Yap, Palau, American Samoa, and the Solomons.

USGS - SE Oahu
Approximately 1550 aerial prints, dating from 1940-1988. Prints donated to MAGIS post-flood by the local USGS office.  Collection primarily covers southeastern quadrant of Oahu.

Photo Contour maps of Oahu (1969)
Large scale black & white photogrametric maps (1:2,400) with 5' contour intervals. Prepared by R.M. Towill Corp. for the City and County of Honolulu Planning Dept. We own most of the maps in this series.




Digital Aerial Photos & Imagery

Hawaii Aerials
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), and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

***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 view the flightline KML files in Google Earth by clicking the island names below. Users can also download low resolution (300 dpi) jpeg files for free.


Please fill out the request form with the flightline numbers and aerial photo ids if you need high resolution aerial photographs.


See the GIS Data & Imagery page for additional imagery resources.

Contact Us

Aerial Photo/Imagery Request Form

Nargis Sultana
GIS Coordinator
(808) 956-0833

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:

  • mapping
  • property disputes
  • environmental analysis
  • coastal change
  • agriculture
  • landuse planning
  • surveillance
  • disaster assessment and response
  • manipulation and analyis in GIS software

Using Aerial Photos

Aerial Photography Scale (UCSB Libraries)

Aerial Photograph Resolution (UCSB Libraries)

Understanding Color Infrared (CIR) Aerial Photography (GeoMart)

Tutorial: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing (Natural Resources Canada)

Beginner's Guide to Landsat GeoCover Satellite Images (
This tutorial will help you appreciate how different types of ground cover are represented on a Landsat GeoCover image.


Imagery Galleries

Earth As Art

Landsat Gallery
Imagery showing global change

Global Fiducials Library
A long-term periodic record for selected scientifically important sites.

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