We aspire to provide comprehensive coverage of Hawaiʻi. 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 Hawaiʻi and beyond. If you do not find what you need in our digital and map collections, consult the links we provide to other collections. 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 Hawaiʻi. Click on the View column to view or download a map. Click on the Preview column to interact with a georeferenced version of a map. Georeferenced TIFF versions of most of the maps 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||Preview||Georeferenced Zipped TIFF|
|Hawaii||Donn, Alexander, Wall||1901||(258 MB)|
|Hawaii||Wall, Alexander||1886||(204 MB)|
|Hawaii||Iao, Wall||1928||(150 MB)|
|Hawaii [color]||Iao, Wall||1928||(157 MB)|
|Kauai||Donn, Wall||1903||(180 MB)|
|Lanai||Alexander, Brown, and Monsarrat||1878||(337 MB)|
|Lanai||Wall, Brown, Monsarrat, Newton||1878||(118 MB)|
|Maui||Dodge, Alexander||1885||(403 MB)|
|Maui||Iao, Wall||1929||(501 MB)|
|Molokai [1:60,000]||Dodge, Willis, Kanakanui, Alexander||1897||(260 MB)|
|Molokai [1:90,000]||Dodge, Willis, Kanakanui, Alexander||1897||(211 MB)|
|Niihau||Kerns, Wall||1904||(174 MB)|
|Oahu||Donn, Wall||1902||(324 MB)|
|Oahu||Lyons, Covington||1881||(210 MB)|
Unless otherwise indicated in square brackets "[via ...]", maps are in the UH Library Map Collection's digital repository. Includes city and town maps, road maps, and other large-scale maps. Also check out named quadrangles, such as "Honolulu," from topographic sets throughout the decades and fire insurance maps of various areas.
Unless otherwise indicated in square brackets "[via ...]", maps are in the UH Library Map Collection's digital repository. Includes whole island maps.
We have different versions of these important historical maps which show building and street information for towns and cities at a large scale. The Hawaiʻi State Archives may have some maps that we do not. Consult the Union List of Sanborn & Other Fire Insurance Maps, Hawaiʻi (by Riley Moffat, revised by Philip Hoehn) for an inventory and indications where various Hawaiʻi 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. Several other sources provide useful information for reading and interpreting Sanborn maps:
Many of the Hawaii sets have been digitized and are available below:
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