Hawaii’s Historical Survey Maps Now On-line

The land survey division now has several of their historical maps online including:

Registered Maps, HTS/HSS Plat Maps, and Hawaiian Home Lands Plat Maps.

These are available in pdf and tiff formats.  Download the indexes first to determine the the index number and enter that number into the search box to retrieve the map.

Thanks to State Land Survey Office for putting these online!

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Extended MAGIS Hours for Fall 2010

We are now open most mornings. Our hours for the rest of Fall 2010 semester are:

Mondays 1-5
Tuesdays through Fridays 9.30 to 5.

Updates to hours will always be here.

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Geospatial Revolutions: The Future of Geospatial..

Two excellent and short movies worth checking out here:

First one is about 4 minutes, and the second is 13 minutes long, click on Episode 1 – Full episode.


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Greening the Library

Libraries are enormous users of resources, especially paper.  And ink. Well, maybe not that much ink, but did you know that Bic sells a disposable pen almost every second? These pens add up and yes, you guessed it, end up in a landfill. While this post isn’t MAGIS related, its still relevant because we should not forget that librarians too can be green. Read American Libraries “Solve the Pen Puzzle” written by Laura Bruzas.

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Thank you, Donors!

An enormous number of people donated items to the Government Documents and Maps department. We are are so thankful for all your assistance.  A number of you also donated personally to the efforts.  In an effort to acknowledge your help, we put your names in a poster in our main area. Click on the image below so you can read the names.  A pdf version is here. Thank you everyone!

A pdf version is here. Thank you everyone!

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New georeferenced Hawaii maps available

Some of the most sought after maps of Hawaii of the late 1800s vintage are now available for viewing, download and for incorporating into your GIS. Below is the 1885 Government Survey Map of Maui.

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Before and after – some numbers…

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We are in the news…

We had a great turnout at yesterday’s open house. More on this, including pictures coming up in a blog post soon.  Meanwhile, the MAGIS’s map collection was featured in the Star Advertisers feature article in yesterday’s newspaper.

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Open House, August 22, 2010 2-4

Grand Opening, Government Documents and MAGIS

Hamilton Library is showcasing the library with an open house on Sunday, August 22, 2010 between 2-4; Government Documents and Maps (MAGIS) department along with several other basement departments will be showcased on that day, complete with tours every 15 minutes. Parking is free and there will be food and drinks!  Come on over!

More about MAGIS is available at:


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Manoa MAGIS moves back to new (old) digs with a brand new Lab!

The adventure begins – or rather I should say, continues.

After 6 years of re-building, both the physical re-building of the basement and the map and aerial photograph collections, the Government Documents & Maps (MAGIS) department has moved back into the basement.  We are all together as one department again (for me, its really the first time).   We have been open for business for the last month or so, calling it a soft opening and had the donors come in on Wednesday (August 18) to look at how their contributions were put to good use.

Manoa MAGIS, which encompasses Maps, Aerials and Geographic Information Systems has had a temporary lab for a year and a half.  We now have a brand new lab complete with 8 workstations and loads of GIS and other software.  We plan to open in the second week of Fall 2010 and will be open Mondays – Thursdays between 1 and 5.  More on the lab, software and software support is here:


Details of an open house are forthcoming in a new post.

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