This volume is the 33rd of its type published by the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) and its predecessor agencies. The first was Statistical Abstract of Hawaii, 1962, issued by the Department of Planning and Research in 1962. After a four-year hiatus, updated versions titled The State of Hawaii Data Book were published by the Department of Planning and Economic Development in 1967, 1968, and annually beginning in 1970. The 1987 edition was the first one issued by DBEDT. Copies can be consulted in the DBEDT Library, Hawaii State Library, University of Hawaii and community college libraries, and other collections throughout the state.

Additional information regarding specific statistical sources can be found in the introductory statements to each section of the Data Book, in footnotes and source references to the various tables, and in the underlying reports.

Although most of the series in the Data Book are shown only for recent years, many earlier figures appear in Historical Statistics of Hawaii, by Robert C. Schmitt. This book, published by the University Press of Hawaii in 1977, contains 711 pages of narrative and tables on the development of statistics in Hawaii since the l8th century.

Statistical abstracts have also been recently published for the counties of Hawaii, Maui and Kauai. The Hawaii County Department of Research and Development issued its 1999 County of Hawaii Data Book, a 469 page compendium, in August 2000. Maui County Data Book 2001, 192 pages, a joint production of the Maui County Office of Economic Development and the Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network Business Research Library, appeared in June 2001. Statistical Abstract of the Kauai Economy, 1994 Edition (80 pages), prepared by the Kauai County Office of Economic Development, appeared in September 1994.

Persons interested in data for other states or the nation as a whole should consult the Statistical Abstract of the United States and its companion volumes, the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book and County and City Data Book. The Abstract is an annual publication of the U.S. Census Bureau, initiated in l878. The current edition is the 120th, dated 2000; copies are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402. The State and Metropolitan Area Data Book and County and City Data Book are sold by the same agency. The ordering information and some of the publications may be viewed at the Internet site,