Ancestry Confirmation Information



My Situation

What's Needed

FAQ 1. “Hawaiian” does appear on your birth certificate, or some other document like a baptismal record.

FAQ 1. (1) Your birth certificate or other document that shows your name and “Hawaiian” appears somewhere on the document.



FAQ 2. “Hawaiian” does not appear your birth certificate but some direct relation in your family (e.g., parent or grandparent) does have “Hawaiian” on his/her certificate.

FAQ 2. (1) Your birth certificate showing your parents name(s), and (2) the birth certificate for one (or both) of your parents that shows “Hawaiian” on his/her certificate.

IF “Hawaiian” is not on one of your parent’s certificate, then in addition to your parent’s certificate, we need (3) the other person’s (such as grandparent’s) certificate that shows “Hawaiian” that is directly related to your parent.



FAQ 3. “Hawaiian” is not on your birth certificate but your parent who is Hawaiian was born in Hawaiʻi, and most likely has “Hawaiian” on her/his certificate.

FAQ 3. (1) Your birth certificate to show your relationship to the parent that is Hawaiian. (2) Your parent’s full name at birth, and (3) her/his birth date. [Note: Kanaʻiolowalu will then check your parent’s name with the Hawaii Department of Health to see if “Hawaiian” is on the certificate. No other info from the electronic file will be given to Kanaʻiolowalu.]



FAQ 4. You are a Kamehameha Schools’ graduate, or attended Kamehameha Schools.

FAQ 4. (1) The year that you graduated, or would have graduated and (2) your full name while at Kamehameha.



FAQ 5. Your parent (or grandparent) is a Kamehameha School’s graduate, or attended Kamehameha Schools.

FAQ 5. (1) The name of your parent (or grandparent) at the time she/he graduated and (2) the year he/she graduated. (3) Your birth certificate showing your relationship to the Kamehameha graduate. IF your grandparent was the graduate, (4) your parent’s birth certificate showing relationship to that grandparent.



FAQ 6. Your ancestry was confirmed with the Kamehameha Schools’ Hoʻoulu Data Center.

FAQ 6. (1) A copy of your letter from the Hoʻoulu Data Center that confirmed your ancestry.



FAQ 7. You are a Hawaiian Home Lands lessee or renter.

FAQ 7. (1) Simply “check” that box on the registration form.



FAQ 8. Your parent (or grandparent) is a Hawaiian Home Lands lessee or renter.

FAQ 8. (1) The name of the person who is the lessee or renter and (2) that person’s relationship to you. (3) Your birth certificate that shows relationship to the parent who is the lessee/renter. If your grandparent is lessee/renter, (4) your parent’s birth certificate showing relationship to that grandparent.



FAQ 9. You were adopted and your birth parent is Hawaiian.

FAQ 9. (1) Copy of court paper, or adoption agency paper, or some other record that shows that your birth parent is Hawaiian. If there is no paper, call the Kanaʻiolowalu office for assistance at 808-973-0099.



FAQ 10. You have knowledge that you are Hawaiian, but no documents to show it.

FAQ 10. Call the Kanaʻiolowalu office for assistance at 808-973-0099. Note: You may qualify for a Kamaʻāina Witness Statement, which is a statement from a third party who has knowledge of your ancestry, can say how he/she knows, and is willing to sign a witness statement.