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Hawaiʻi - Land Tenure Resources & Readings

Getting Started

This guide was created to help researchers locate land records and be a starting point to examine land tenure in Hawaiʻi. The various tabs will point you to key land tenure resources, both primary and secondary sources. If you are doing in-depth research, please note that the lists of sources are not exhaustive and only covers books and periodicals located in UHM's Hawaiian Collection print holdings. Please use the sources listed as a springboard in conducting your research and be sure to look for any secondary peer-reviewed and popular press article literature. Some of the tabs are long with content. Use the icon  that appears on the right side of the page when you start scrolling down to quickly move back to the top. Consult with a librarian if you need help. We are here to help you, especially if you get stuck. E-mail Kapena Shim (, one of the Hawaiian Collection librarians at UH Mānoa Hamilton Library.

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