“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Hawaii Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on January 21, 2021

The Royal Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Hawaii

 Hawaii ranks 60th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Hawaii is a state in the United States of America located in Hawaiian Island Archipelago. It is also in the Pacific Ocean region. Hawaii is some 11 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 1.4 million people. The state is divided into five counties and four of them have entries in this database. In Hawaii we have discovered historical markers in 38 cities and towns lying in 36 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 219 historical markers in Hawaii, by our count. We have cataloged 217 historical markers and 31 war memorials—each individually presented on 238 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another two historical markers in Hawaii that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Hawaii marker in the database, South Point Complex, was added March 23, 2006. It was photographed near Naalehu in Hawaii County and was erected in 1964. The last one added was submitted on September 15, 2018, and titled Marine Life. It is in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Hawaii was erected in 1874. It was this one: In Memory of Captain James Cook, R.N., and one of our correspondents found it near Captain Cook in Hawaii County on October 4, 2012.

Hawaii Historical Topics
47 • World War II
44 • Churches and Religion
33 • Waterways and Vessels
31 • Settlements and Settlers
28 • Government and Politics
26 • Anthropology and Archaeology
20 • Asian Americans
16 • Natural Features
15 • Animals
13 • Industry and Commerce
    ... and others ...

Hawaiians don’t want to forget their World War II history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Hawaii about World War II—47 of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is Churches and Religion with 44 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the World War II topic was also South Point Complex, added March 23, 2006. It had been erected in 1964 near Naalehu in Hawaii County. The last one submitted was submitted on December 29, 2017, and titled He Ho‘Omana‘o. It had been erected in 1979 in Kailua in Honolulu County. The earliest marker erected with the World War II topic that we have listed was erected in 1941. It is Major General John M. Schofield, found in Wahiawa in Honolulu County on March 9, 2015.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Hawaii? What we know is that South Point Complex is the most viewed entry in the database from Hawaii since it was added in 2006. It is also the most viewed entry so far this year.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Hawaii county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Hawaii County, with 100 of them. It is followed closely by Honolulu County with 91 markers. The Kailua-Kona area of Hawaii County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 23. In Honolulu County the area with the most markers, 76, is Honolulu.

Historical Markers in These
Hawaii Counties
100 • Hawaii County
91 • Honolulu County
34 • Kauai County
13 • Maui County

Checking the database for the city or town in Hawaii with the most markers we again find Honolulu at the top of the list with 76 markers in or near it. And Kailua-Kona also shows up again in next place, with 23 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 96815 at the top of the list with 34 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 96815 is assigned to Honolulu HI.) It is followed by ZIP Code 96818 with 28 markers. (96818 is assigned to Honolulu HI.)

Historical Markers Near These
Hawaii Cities and Towns
76 • Honolulu
23 • Kailua-Kona
11 • Hilo
11 • Poipu
10 • Keauhou
10 • Waikoloa Village
9 • Pāhoa
8 • Volcano
8 • Waimea
7 • Waikoloa
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Hawaii County, the first marker added to the database from there, South Point Complex, was added March 23, 2006, and was also the first one submitted in all of Hawaii. It was erected in 1964 near Naalehu. The last one submitted—also the last one submitted in all of Hawaii—was uploaded on September 15, 2018, and is titled Marine Life, in Kailua-Kona. The earliest marker erected in Hawaii County that we have listed was erected in 1874. It was In Memory of Captain James Cook, R.N., found near Captain Cook on October 4, 2012.

Latest entry from Hawaii. Click to go there
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2018
Latest Entry from Hawaii
“Marine Life”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Honolulu. The first: The Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, was added January 4, 2008. It had been erected in 1949. The last: The Golden Anchor added on January 3, 2018. It had been erected in 2005. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1883: King Kamehameha I, added on November 15, 2008.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers state-wide in Hawaii today. A number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Tourist Attractions? Or Something Off the Beaten Path?

Hawaii offers both and there is plenty of history to check out. If you live in or are visiting Hawaii, hit the road and check out places where something of interest once occured, or where famous or infamous people once stood. Our database can help you find some of these places. And perhaps you’ll find some we don’t know about and will take the time to photograph them and add them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Jan. 21, 2021