Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center

Through successive Polynesian migrations, Western contact and subsequent immigration, the concept of justice has undergone a transformation in Hawaii. The Judiciary History Center, through its exhibitions, research, and educational programs, explores this transformation. How has a legal system combining both Hawaiian and western cultural values developed? Where does our unique legal system place us in today’s world? The King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center (the Center) is an administrative program of the Hawaii State Judiciary and a permanent educational institution created to inform and provide learning opportunities about the judicial process and Hawaii’s legal history from pre-contact to present. The Center receives financial support from the Friends of the Judiciary History Center of Hawaii, a non-profit attached to the Center.


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