We aspire to provide comprehensive coverage of Hawaii. In addition to contemporary maps, we have a large collection of historical maps. Nevertheless, it is impossible for one organization to have all the maps, therefore, it is customary to rely on many agencies and collections in Hawai'i and beyond. If you do not find what you need in our digital and map collections, consult the links we provide to other collections throughout the state. If you have questions about our holdings, please contact MAGIS staff.
The maps below are some of the most frequently requested historical maps of the principal islands of Hawaii. Click on the View column to view the maps with our large image viewer. You will also have the option to download the maps. Georeferenced TIFF versions of several maps for use in GIS are available to download by clicking on the Zipped TIFF file. To view basic metadata for these georeferenced maps, download the companion spreadsheet.
|Island||Author||Year||View||Georeferenced Zipped TIFF|
|Hawaii||Donn, Alexander, Wall||1901||(258 MB)|
|Hawaii [color]||Iao, Wall||1928|
|Lanai||Wall, Brown, Monssarat, Newton||1878|
|Maui||Dodge, Alexander||1885||(403 MB)|
|Molokai [1:60,000]||Dodge, Willis, Kanakanui, Alexander||1897|
|Molokai [1:90,000]||Dodge, Willis, Kanakanui, Alexander||1897||(211 MB)|
|Niihau||Kerns, Wall||1904||(174 MB)|
|Oahu||Donn, Wall||1902||(324 MB)|
We have different versions of these important historical maps which show building and street information for towns and cities at a large scale. The Hawaii State Archives may have some maps that we do not. Consult the Union List of Sanborn & Other Fire Insurance Maps, Hawaii (by Riley Moffat, revised by Philip Hoehn) for an inventory and indications where various Hawaii sets may be held. The Library of Congress has one of the largest collections of Sanborn Maps with detailed explanation of the history and use of the maps.