The OHA Hawaiian Registry Program (HRP) provides registered Hawaiians, worldwide, with a card verifying their Hawaiian ancestry. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs issues the card after verifying indigenous Hawaiian ancestry through biological parentage. No blood quantum is required.
The ancestry verification card confirms your Hawaiian ancestry for OHAʻs purposes. The card qualifies you to apply for OHA programs such as loans, grants and scholarships. Registering is an easy, one-time process* and you can use the card instead of hauling‚ around your documents. Itʻs FREE!
* Ancestry verification cards must be renewed every 5 years.
How to Register:
1. Obtain an application form:
2. Collect ALL of the following required documents:
* Depending on review, we may request more documentation. Please ensure entire documents are copied. Incomplete, or unclear documents as well as those in poor condition cannot be used.
3. Card renewals
Submit application via mail or email only along with a copy of a valid photo ID. Check renewal box at the top of the application and fill out the rest of the form.
It is recommended that all renewal applicants submit documentation. If documentation is not received with your application, we will contact you if we need additional documentation at that time. Once all requirements are met, a new card will be mailed to you.
4. Submit all required documents:
For applications submitted by mail or email, please allow us a minimum of 4 business days from the date we receive all required documents for processing of your registration. Same-day processing usually available for hand-delivered/walk-in applicants.
Have Questions or Need Assistance?
Call (808) 594-1914
The Hawaiian Registry Program is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oʻahu.
For information about applying to the free program, call (808) 594-1914.