Mei 25: E Hookapu i ka Lawelawe ana i ka Pepehi Kanaka

May 25, 1852: To Prevent the Carrying of Deadly Weapons

On May 25, 1852, the House of Nobles and the Representatives of Hawaiʻi passed a law to address the habit of carrying deadly weapons–a practice that was considered dangerous to life and the public peace. Unless authorized under law, a person was subject to a fine of $10-30 for carrying or being found armed with a bowie knife, sword-cane, pistol, air-gun, slung-shot, or any other deadly weapon. If the person was unable to pay the fine, they were subject to imprisonment at hard labor for a minimum of 15 days and up to two months.

Available in Session Laws, He Kumukanawai a me Na Kanawai, 1852.

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Mei 23: “The King’s Band” – ʻAelike Hoʻopaʻa Hana

May 23, 1848: The King’s Band – A Contract for Services

Available in Chronological File, 1790-1849, Series 402-23, Folder: 1848 May 20-25.

The King’s Band

The undersigned members of His Majesty’s Band of Music, hereby contract and agree to serve under the orders of William Merseburgh, the Captain appointed by His Majesty. Continue reading “Mei 23: “The King’s Band” – ʻAelike Hoʻopaʻa Hana”

Mei 22: No ka Hoʻokō ʻole i ke Kānāwai no ka Hoʻokamakama

May 22, 1843: Regarding the Non-Enforcement of Fornication Laws

The letter below was issued during the five-month British occupation of Hawaiʻi. Addressed to Kauikeaouli, the letter explained that the British had no intention of rescinding the order to the governors to not enforce the laws involving fornication. Apparently, once the British flag was placed here in the islands, no disgraceful practices defiling that flag would be tacitly condoned.

Available in Chronological File, 1790 – 1849, Series 402-9, Folder: 1843 May 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 22.

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Mei 20: No ka Hoʻohiki ʻana o ka Loio Kuhina – Edward Preston

May 20, 1882: Regarding an Oath to Serve as Attorney General – Edward Preston

Available in Attorney General Records, 1880-1883

[in pencil: 5-20-82]

Hawaiian islands to wit

I Edward Preston do solemnly and make oath and say that I will well and truly support the Constitution and laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom and will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of my office as Attorney General of the Kingdom

So help me Lord
Edward Preston

Subscribed and Sworn this twentieth day of May 1882
Before me: A. Francis Judd, Chief Justice

Mei 14: No ka Hoʻokaʻawale i nā ʻĀina o nā Keiki o Mose a me ko Lota

Mei 14, 1842: Regarding the Division of Lands for Lot and Moses

On May 14, 1842, the Nobles and Representatives discussed the care and division of lands for Lot Kapuāiwa and Moses Kekūāiwa. The lands at issue were located on the island of Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi. The excerpts below relate to the division and care of lands on Kauaʻi and Oʻahu.

Available in the Journals of the Legislature, Kingdom Era, Buke Oihana o ka Ahaolelo, Helu 1

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Mei 13: He Hoʻololi i Manaʻo ʻia no ke Kumukānāwai 1864

May 13, 1882: Amendment to the 1864 Constitution

This 1882 amendment again increased the maximum allowable pay from $250 to $500 for Representatives, the elected members of the legislature. The maximum pay had been previously raised in 1868 from $150 to $250 (see this post for more information).

Available in Session Laws, Kanawai o ka Moi, 1882.

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