Over the past 120 years, the Museum’s world renowned scientists have acquired 24.7 million items telling the full story of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. These items include over 1.3 million cultural artifacts representing Native Hawaiian, Pacific Island, and Hawai‘i immigrant life deriving from the museum’s rich legacy of research in Hawai‘i and the Pacific. They also include more than 115,000 historical publications, 1 million historical photographs, films, works of art, audio recordings and manuscripts.
Over 14,000 photographs and images of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau dating from 1778 to the present, including 305 subject files. Significant collections from photographers including William J. Senda, John Valentine, Henry Funk, Theodore Severin, Augustus Knudsen and Francis Gay.
Archives include 864 file folders in the general files and special collections include: the Catherine Stauder Collection featuring Early Sailing Ships with Kaua‘i port of calls and Russian Fort Research; WWII Special collections; Ruth Hanner Collection; Grace Buscher Guslander’s Coco Palms files; Ha‘ena Hui; F.B. Wichman’s Kaua‘i Place Name Research Binders; early Sugar Plantation Payroll books from Make‘e and Lihu‘e Plantations and copies of historic maps.