Kanawai – law, code, rule, statute; to learn from experience.

Welina Mai – Welcome to the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center

Founded in 1989 to help the public understand Hawaii’s unique legal history and the development of Hawaii’s judicial system, the Center primarily promotes civics and law-related education. We are located in the beautiful and historic Aliiolani Hale, home of Hawaii’s Supreme Court since 1874. Part of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center conducts and encourages research, disseminates information, and collects, preserves and displays Hawaii’s legal history. Interpreting Hawaii’s dynamic legal history through audio visual presentations, exhibitions, and public programs, the Center serves as a bridge between the Judiciary and the community.

Nana I Ka Wa Mamua

In order to understand current events in Hawaii and to discern where we are headed, we must look to the time before us. As an administrative program of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center is charged with informing and providing learning opportunities about civics, the judicial process, and Hawaii’s unique legal history from pre-contact to present.
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