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'Iolani School Archives: Research

The ‘Iolani School Archives collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to historical records of ‘Iolani School.


The ‘Iolani School Archives collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to historical records of ‘Iolani School.


’Iolani School is CLOSED to the public.
This closure includes the ‘Iolani School Archives.
For more information see the school’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update page.

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Normal Hours:
By appointment.
Mon., Tues, Thurs., Fri.
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays.
Hours may vary.
For an appointment, please email

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The Archivist reserves the right to restrict use of materials which are exceptionally fragile.

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'Iolani School Archives | 'Iolani School
Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership (SCIL)
2nd Floor
Next door to the Tsuzuki Group Library, Upper School.

(808) 943-2336


What to Expect When Visiting the Archives

Materials are non-circulating, so items must be used in the archives.

The archives stacks are restricted. This means that if you need a record, the archives staff will retrieve it for you.

Allow plenty of time when you visit, archival research is time consuming.

Keep track of the resources you use!
Note the collection, box number, and folder just-in-case you need to revisit or cite the item.

'Iolani School Archives
'Iolani School Archives, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Handling instructions for using archival materials.

In order to prolong the life of materials, please:

  • Do not bring food and beverages into the archives.
  • Be sure hands are clean and free of food and lotions.
  • Open folders or portfolios flat on the table. Handle each item separately and carefully to avoid tears and scratches.
  • Use pencils only. Keep pencils and note pads on the table surface and not on archival materials.
  • Keep materials in the original order as they were given.
  • Use paper strips provided to mark for copying.



Archivist Assistance with Research

The Archivist can help determine what records will help you with your research.

Students should come to the archives to do their own research.

Researchers may contact the archives with questions or research queries. The amount of time the Archivist can do research for you is limited; for in-depth queries please come into the archives to do research.

Quick links - Recent Publications

'Iolani School Bulletin (school magazine)
Available through the 'Iolani School website:

Older editions of the Bulletin, beginning in 1960, are available in the 'Iolani School Archives.

Imua 'Iolani (student newspaper)
Available through the newspaper's website.

Older editions of Imua, beginning in the 1920s, are available in the 'Iolani School Archives.


The 'Iolani School Archives provides the following services:

  • Student Research Support
  • Faculty / Curriculum Support
  • Administrative Research Support
  • Research Guides
  • Online Resources


The 'Iolani School Archives contains materials, information, videos, images, etc., that may be considered sensitive or offensive according to today's standards. These items are indicative of societal attitudes at particular points in time. Such materials are retained and preserved in an effort to adequately represent the historical record.

Information Requests

Please allow two weeks
for information requests.


Due to the irreplaceable and sometimes fragile condition of documents, all reproduction (photocopying, scanning, and use of cameras) is at the discretion of the Archivist.

Reproductions from the ‘Iolani School Archives are for research or personal use only. For any other use written permission must be obtained. The researcher assumes all responsibility for complying with copyright, libel and privacy laws.

See the Policies tab for more information.

Explore the Collections

'Iolani Login Required for Digital Objects

To view digital content from the catalog:

  • access via 'Iolani School issued iPad
  • or
  • via computer by
    1. log onto 'Iolani School email account
    2. open item record in additional tab of the same browser

Our catalog database is a work-in-progress.
Records may be added or updated as a result of
further research or acquiring new collection items.  

Arrangement & Description

Primary and Secondary Sources

A primary source is created by someone who experienced an event firsthand, usually at or near the time of that event.

Examples of primary sources:
letter; photograph.

A secondary source is created after an event by someone not present at the event. It uses other sources to get information.

Examples of secondary sources:
biography; journal article

For More Information

For more information, schedule an appointment to conduct your research. Please note the Archives' open hours on the Welcome tab of this guide.

© The researcher assumes all responsibility for complying with Copyright and other Intellectual Property laws.