August 28, 1838: “Law Respecting Alcoholic Drinks and Duties on Wine”
In 1838, a law was enacted which prohibited the importation of distilled liquors. Importantly, the law imposed a duty of “one half dollar per gallon” on “all wines imported into the Sandwich Islands.” It would appear that this is the first import duty levied by the Hawaiian Kingdom. The law references an “inspector of wines” who served to collect import duties for the port of Honolulu. The introductory paragraph of this law is referenced below. A brief transcription follows.