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Hawai`i's Military Archives, Museums and Libraries : Archives

This guide provides information and links to the military archives, museums, and libraries in Hawai`i and discusses research strategies for using the resources they hold.

Hawai'i's Past: Military Collections

Archival Collections in Hawai'i

Digital Archives

National Archives Records Administration (Digital Archives)

  • Online Veterans and Military Documents  
    Documents available online include casualty records, enclistment and draft records, phtots, and additional finding aids/research tools.
  • Archival Research Catalog (ARC)  
    ARC is a catalog which searches NARA's nationwide holdings. Select "digital copies" to search content that is electronically available online.

Other Digital Archives

Key Resources: The Digital Photo Collections of Hawaii State Archives

Hawai'i State Archives, Digital Collections, U.S. Navy ship off Oahu.

(Hawai'i State Archives, Digital Collections, U.S. Navy Ship off O'ahu)

Featured Archives in Hawai'i with Military Collections

1. The Hawaii State Archives

The Archives Division in the Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services is home to the Hawai'i State Archives. When you are ready to start searching, you can explore and click here on the: Archives Division

The Hawaii State Archives has a rich collection of materials relating to the history of Hawai'i and its various governmental incarnations, with photos, letters, documents, papers, maps and more, ranging in scope as well as time periods spanning through the Kingdom, Territorial, and State governments. Some of these materials include documents and photos about the American military. Some finding aids may be uploaded in PDF format directly from the website with subject categories and other information to aid the researcher on military matters. The library and archive catalog is also searchable with many cataloged items helpful for beginning one's archive search.

To see the online catalog, click on Map and Library Catalog. 

Basic Search          

Advanced Search   

(Search Hint: Browse subjects under the keyword "military." Possible subject headings include military bases -- Hawaii, United States -- Armed Forces -- Hawaii, Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Hawaii -- History, Military).

Contact an archivist to make an appointment or for help in focusing your search: 

    Hawai‘i State Archives Kekāuluohi  Building

    ‘Iolani Palace Grounds

    364 S. King Street

    Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813


    Fax: (808) 586-0330


Business Hours:


    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Closed Saturday, Sunday, and State Holidays 


2. Tropic Lightning Museum (Army) (Schofield Barracks, O'ahu)

This O'ahu based museum and archival collection includes military yearbooks from 1941-2009, primary and secondary source materials from 1939-present, and select military newspapers and magazines from 1900 to 1975, documenting the history of Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield and the history of the 25th Infantry Division: Archives (


Tropic Lightning Museum Waianae Avenue, Bldg. 361

Schofield Barracks, HI 96875


Mailing Address

Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security
U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii
ATTN: IMPC-HI-PL Tropic Lightning Museum
745 Wright Avenue, BLDG 107 (WAAF)
Schofield Barracks, HI 96857-5000

Business Hours (Free Admission)

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

Closed on Sunday, Monday and all Federal Holidays.