This volume is the 36th of its type compiled 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 published for the counties of Hawaii, Maui and Kauai. The Hawaii County Department of Research and Development issued its
2002 County of Hawaii Data Book,
a 512 page compendium, in December 2003 and this information is updated on a regular basis on the Internet site
Maui County Data Book 2003,
184 pages, a joint production of the Maui County Office of Economic Development and the Hawaii Business Research Library, a division of the Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network, was published in September 2003
Statistical Abstract of the Kauai Economy, 2002,
prepared by the Kauai County Office of Economic Development, appeared in June 2002.

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
County and City Data Book
. The
is an annual publication of the U.S. Census Bureau, initiated in l878. The current edition is the 123rd, dated 2003; copies are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Pittsburgh, PA 15250. The
State and Metropolitan Area Data Book
County and City Data Book
are sold by the same agency. The ordering information and some of the publications may be viewed at the Census website