June 22, 1852: A Law to End Konohiki Labor for Women
Prior to the session law enacted below, women who did not work were required to “return to the work of the Konohiki as in former times, to the work appropriate of women.” The session law below repealed this law, and prohibited women from being compelled to do Konohiki work.
June 19, 1852: An Act Abolishing the Punishment of Women Who Become Pregnant by Fornication or Adultery
In the statute below, a woman who became pregnant by “fornication” or “adultery” would not be fined or punished until after the birth of the child. If the child lived past the age of four months, the woman would not be punished. But if the child failed to live to the age of four months, the woman would be found guilty and punished in accordance with Chapter XIII of the Penal Code.
June 14, 1852: Promulgation of Hawaiʻi’s Constitution
The 1852 Constitution entitled, Kumukanawai i Haawiia e ka Moi Kamehameha III., ke Aliʻi o ko Hawaii Pae Aina, me ke Kuka Pu a me ka Ae Pu o na ʻLii a me ka Poeikohoia e na Makaainana i Akoakoa iloko o ka Ahaolelo Kau Kanawai, i ka La 14 o Iune, 1852, was enacted as the result of an extensive process involving the people, nobles, and Mōʻī.