In this study, we develop ground‐motion models (GMMs) for the Island of Hawaii. This area has been the site of several significant earthquake events with a growing database of strong ground‐motion observations. Ground‐motion modeling on the Island of Hawaii is challenging due to different anelastic attenuation characteristics, the volcanic origin of some of the events, and event depth distribution. Only a few GMMs have been developed for the Island of Hawaii. In this study, we apply a hybrid empirical method (HEM) to develop two separate GMMs for shallow (hypocentral depth ≤ 20 km) and deep (hypocentral depth > 20 km) earthquakes on the Island of Hawaii. We utilize the ratio of the stochastic point‐source model in the target and host regions as an appropriate adjustment factor. We apply these adjustment factors to convert the GMMs from the host (western North America) to the target (Island of Hawaii) region. We considered five GMMs proposed in the Next Generation Attenuation Phase 2 project by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center to model ground motions in the host region. We developed GMMs to predict peak ground acceleration and 5%‐damped pseudospectral acceleration at periods T = 0.01–10 s, for moment magnitudes (M) in the range of 3–7.5, and for Joyner–Boore distances in the RJB200  km range. The applicability of HEM to develop GMMs for the Island of Hawaii and the growing strong ground‐motion data result in further improvements in the capability of GMMs.

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