This volume is the 40th 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 18th 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 2006 County of Hawaii Data Book, a 550 page compendium, in November 2007 and this information is updated on a regular basis on the Internet site Maui County Data Book 2007, 249 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 issued in April 2008.  The price per print copy is $20.00.  The online version and archives of previous editions is available at . Statistical Abstract of the Kauai Economy, 2002, prepared by the Kauai County Office of Economic Development, appeared in June 2002.  No update to the abstract is planned. Statistical data for Kauai County may be accessed on-line at .

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 , the County and City Data Book and USA Counties . The Abstract is an annual publication of the U.S. Census Bureau which was initiated in 1878. The current edition is the 127th and is dated 2008. Accessing and ordering information for the Statistical Abstract as well as other Census Bureau products may be viewed at the website .