Hawaii Public Records
The public records law of Hawaii is the Uniform Information Practices Act, found in Chapter 92F, Hawaii Revised Statutes. It ensures that all government records are open to public inspection unless access is restricted or closed by law. Public records are any information (written, recorded, electronic, etc.) maintained by a public agency.
Exceptions include records that may infringe on personal privacy, draft bills and committee proceedings, and records that if released would disrupt governmental operations and activities.
On this page you can access resources found at the state level. These are databases we have evaluated and included because we feel they will be useful to you. If you need to look at city or county databases, or state licensing resources, use the navigation on the left.
- Court System - The Hawaii court system has 4 levels. First are District Courts, which handle misdemeanors, traffic infractions & civil cases under $20K. Second are Circuit Courts, the Tax Appeal Court, and the Land Court. Circuit Courts preside over civil, criminal, probate, and guardianship cases and share some non-jury civil cases with the District Court. The Tax Appeal Court handles excise, liquor, tobacco, property, income & insurance tax cases. Land Court handles title & easement rights. Family Courts are divisions of both District & Circuit Courts and handle parental rights, adoption, guardianship, detention, divorce, and non-support cases. Third is the Intermediate Court of Appeals, which reviews lower court decisions. Highest is the Supreme Court which reviews Intermediate Court decisions. Hawaii Court Records
- Criminal Records - Misdemeanors and infractions are handled by the District Court. Criminal felony and jury trials are handled by the Circuit Court. The Family Court handles criminal matters pertaining to juveniles or domestic violence. To see what criminal databases are available, refer to our Hawaii Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Vital record certificates are provided by: State Dept of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring, Vital Records Section, P. O. Box 3378, 1250 Punch Bowl Ave, Room 103, Honolulu, HI 96801, (808) 586-4533. Visit our Vital Records page for historical births and christenings from 1852 to 1933; the Social Security Death Index for Hawaii, county cemetery records, and historical deaths & burials from 1862 to 1919; historical marriages from 1826 to 1922; and statewide divorce court records.
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|Business Complaints History |
Provides access to selected closed complaints that were filed with the Office of Consumer Protection or the Regulated Industries Complaints Office regarding companies that do business in Hawaii. They are sorted by proper name and trade name.
|Company Registry | Certificates of Good Standing |
The DCCA Business Registration Division also offers this document authentication service. Search by document ID or authentication code to authenticate a Certificate of Good Standing or a certified document.
|Company Registry | DBA Names & Tax Licenses |
Search for assumed or fictitious business names in Hawaii (dba or doing business as), and tax licenses. Search by Taxpayer ID, and/or Taxpayer Name, and/or Doing Business As(DBA) Name of the Business.
|Court Opinions | Appellate |
Search Hawaii Supreme Court and Intermediate Court of Appeals opinions and orders. Includes court opinions designated for publication, memorandum opinions, summary disposition orders, and other final orders decided by the Hawaii Supreme Court and the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals.
|Court Records | Ho'ohiki Circuit, Family, and District Civil Cases |
Search the Hawaii State Judiciary Ho'ohiki system for Civil case filings in Circuit, Family, and District Courts. Includes guardianship, conservatorships, restraining orders, divorces, guardianship, tax appeals, domestic abuse, small claims, probate, and more.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium combined database of felony and misdemeanor records, Department of Corrections records, and registered offenders.
|Deeds, Mortgages, Recorded Documents |
Search the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources - Bureau of Conveyances for deeds, mortgages, liens, and other Land Title / Official Public Records / Recorded Documents.
Browse this ancestry.com Hawaii database by name, location, obituary date, or birth date for Hawaii obituary information.
|Sex Offenders |
Search the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center for registered offenders or offenders against minors by name, street, and/or zip code.
|State of Hawaii Home Page |
Your portal to Hawaii state government resources. Find state agencies, offices, officials, and programs.
|State Phone Book |
Directory - Download department or agency directory listings. Includes office, title, phone & fax numbers, and mail and email addresses.
Guide - Download a description of the respective department or agency and its organization.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search for unclaimed property in Hawaii by individual or business name, previous address, city, state, and/or zip code.
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|Attorneys | State Bar |
Use this service from the Hawaii State Bar Association to find lawyers authorized to practice, not authorized to practice, authorized to do only Pro Bono, and Pro Hac Vice.
|Campaign Expenditures and Contributions |
Sift, sort, and view campaign filings and contribution and expenditure records. Choose committee and select records by dates, contribution amounts or city of contributor.
|Criminal Histories (eCrim) Pay Site|
Use this Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center service to search for Hawaii criminal conviction information. Access requires registration and fees.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Hawaii for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Hawaii instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|GIS Maps |
Search the Hawaii Statewide Geographic Information System (GIS) for state land use boundary, major land owner, land study bureau, agricultural lands of importance to the state, watershed boundary, and reserve maps.
|Jury Pool Information |
Search the Hawaii State Judiciary Jury Pool database by court, pool number, and reporting date for jury instructions.
|Legislature - Bill & Resolution Status and Documents |
Regular Session Bill and Resolution Status, Text, and Committee Reports; Hearing Notices; Order of the Day, Referral and Action Sheets; and Bills Introduced, Passed, and Vetoed. Also Hawaii Revised Statutes for the previous year.
|Lobbyists & Lobbyist Organizations |
Select the appropriate Adobe Acrobat .pdf list from Hawaii Ethics Commission to view registered lobbyists, organizations represented by registered lobbyists, and lobbying expenditure reports in Hawaii. (slow to open)
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Hawaii to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Missing Children |
Browse this Hawaii State Clearing House on Missing Childrens database to view information including name, photo, classification, date/city missing from, DOB, physical description and circumstances. Requires registration.
|State Employees |
Use this Hawaii register to locate information about State, County and Federal Officials. (pdf format)
|State Rules |
All Hawaii administrative rules are available through this Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs site.
|Traffic Tickets |
Use this Hawaii State Judiciary service to search for and pay Hawaii traffic tickets.