Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Moʻokūʻauhau / Genealogy: Getting Started


Moʻokūʻauhau Introduction

Examples of Primary Source Documents:

birth certificates, baptism certificates, death certificates, divorce decrees, marriage certificates, military records, obituaries in the newspapers, and land records.

If you donʻt have one, get a Hawaiʻi Public Library card:

It will give you access to online resources available for free.

Secondary sources include published books about your family.


Hawaii Public State Library System Genealogy Series:  How to Begin Finding Your Family Roots link - recorded 3/06/21                       

Hoʻomaka - Getting Started

Start with yourself and work backwards

Speak to living relatives.

Complete a draft of a pedigree chart

Seek evidence-official documents to support your dates and names

Create a log/journal/notebook of research

Create a repository to hold official documents, such as a binder with sheet protectors; digital file are possibilities

Need kōkua? Contact me!


Kumu Kuuleilani Reyes

Hale Hoʻonaʻauao ʻo Midkiff

Email me:



Click on icon above. 

Must log in to Google account.