Divorce Case Files


The divorce case files date from 1858 to 1899 from various circuit courts.  These records were microfilmed with the exception of the Second Circuit Court probate case files and minute books.  They were selectively filmed by the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) ca. 1970. Records were selected for microfilming based on the genealogical information content of each document.  Therefore, the microfilms may not provide complete documentation relating to each case file.

You can search the Ulukau website for the citation that you will need to find the documents on microfilm, which is the court (First, Second, Third, etc.) and case number (i.e. 17, A11, 295).


Case files generally contain:

  • application for divorce
  • summons
  • divorce notice
  • divorce decree
  • statements by husband or wife

Information generally found:

  • date of marriage
  • residence
  • reasons for divorce
  • child custody

Documents are in Hawaiian and English.  Some Hawaiian documents have been translated to English by the courts and Archives translators.

More information about Divorce Case Files by Circuit Court.
Divorce Case Files are accessible via our Digital Archives, Judiciary page. Case Files are arranged by Circuit Court, then by Case No. Case Nos. can be found in the index.