Kalawao County, Hawaii Genealogy

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Guide to Kalawao County Hawaii genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Kalawao County, Hawaii
Map of Hawaii highlighting Kalawao County
Location in the state of Hawaii
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Location of Hawaii in the U.S.
Founded 1905
County Seat Kalaupapa
Address Kalawao County Courthouse
Isle of Molokai
Kalaupapa, HI
Phone: 808.553.5800
Kalawao County Website

Historical Facts

  • Parent County: created in 1905 from Maui County.
  • County seat: Kalaupapa [1]
  • Neighboring Island: Maui

The county is on the Kalaupapa Peninsula, on the north coast of the island of Moloka'i. The small peninsula of Kalaupapa is isolated from the rest of Moloka'i by sea cliffs over a quarter-mile high — the only land access is a mule trail.

Kalawao County is a separate county from the rest of Moloka'i, which is part of Maui County. Maui County does not claim jurisdiction over the three villages of Kalaupapa, Kalawao, and Waikolu. Some maps, however, do not show Kalawao as a separate county.

The county is coextensive with the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, and encompasses the Kalaupapa Settlement where the Kingdom of Hawaii, the territory, and the state once exiled persons suffering from leprosy (Hansen's disease) beginning in the 1860s. The quarantine policy was lifted in 1969, after the disease became treatable on an outpatient basis and could be rendered non-contagious. However, many of the resident patients chose to remain, and the state has promised they can stay there for the rest of their lives. No new patients or other permanent residents are admitted.

Record Loss





For tips on accessing Kalawao County, Hawaii Genealogy census records online, see: Hawaii Census.

  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

   Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Hawaii denominations, view the Hawaii Church Records wiki page.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political and Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Kalawao County, Hawaii Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Hawaii Local Histories.

Land and Property




Naturalization and Citizenship




Public Records

State Health Department has marriage, death, birth, wills, probate and land records.

Kalawao does not have a county government. The only law enforcement is a local resident selected by the State Department of Health, which administers the county.[2]


Family History Centers


Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. The State office has some records as early as 1853 up to the present. See the State of Hawaii, Department of Health website for information on acquiring the records and any restrictions.




Unincorporated Communities: Kalauppa | Kalawao | Waikolu


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kalawao County, Hawaii page 170, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.