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King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center Launches New Online Exhibits Page

Posted on May 20, 2020 in Featured News, News & Reports


1885 photo from the ocean. View of shoreline with Aliiolani Hale on left and Kawaiahao Church on the right.

Honolulu waterfront and harbor c. 1885, Aliiolani Hale on left and Kawaiahao Church in distance, courtesy of Hawaii State Archives.


Explore our Exhibits Online, and Share your Stories!

Your friends at the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center are excited to share their exhibits and research with you online. Visit the new Exhibits page on History Center’s website to learn more about Hawaii’s legal history. In light of Aliiolani Hale’s closure to the public, they also invite you to share feedback about the programs and your favorite memory of the Judiciary History Center.

Ka Imi Pono: Threats to the Native Populace

Photo of Queens Hospital in 1905.

Queen’s Hospital, courtesy of Hawaii State Archives.

Since the early 19th century, Hawaii’s government has used law to prevent the spread of disease and protect the health and safety of its community. Learn about the scope and impact various diseases have had across the islands through archival photographs and historic timeline. You can also watch the live webinar with economists Sumner La Croix and Tim Brown, “How to Control the Coronavirus Epidemic and Bring Back Hawaii’s Economy.”

Ka Olelo a me ke Kanawai: The Language and the Law

Photo of the title page out of the book "Kumu Kanawai," published 1840.

Kumu Kanawai of 1840, courtesy of Hawaii State Archives.

This exhibit highlights law and public policy surrounding the use of the Hawaiian language since the early 19th century. Follow the timeline to see how Hawaii shifted from a Hawaiian language standard to an English language standard in less than a century, and how the Hawaiian language is reemerging within our society today.

Apply to host the traveling exhibit!

Logo: ABA 19th Amendment Exhibit

The exhibition 100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future will be available to loan when the Center reopens to the public. If you’re interested in displaying the banners in your public facility, please complete this short form.

Na Pono Koho Paloka o Na Wahine: A Legacy of Progress and Equality


Computer painted image of Wilhelmina Dowsett, courtesy of Alexandra Beguez (illustrator)

Wilhelmina Dowsett, courtesy of Alexandra Beguez (illustrator)

For almost a century, women held influential, progressive roles within the Hawaiian Monarchy’s government. Learn about these women and the fight for women’s suffrage following the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.