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                             HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.				577

be His Majesty's special advisers in the executive affairs of the Kingdom; and they shall be ex officio members of 
His Majesty's privy council of state. They shall be appointed and commissioned by the King, and shall be removed 
by him only upon a vote of want of confidence passed by a majority of all the elective members of the legislature, or 
upon conviction of felony, and shall be subject to impeachment. No act of the King shall have any effect unless it be 
countersigned by a member of the cabinet, who, by that signature, makes himself responsible.
Art. 42. Each member of the cabinet shall keep an office at the seat of Government, and shall be accountable for the 
conduct of his deputies and clerks. The cabinet hold seats ex officio in the legislature, with the right to vote, except 
on a question of want of confidence in them.
Art. 47. The legislature has full power and authority to amend the constitution as hereinafter provided, and from 
time to time to make all manner of wholesome laws, not repugnant to the constitution.
Art. 56. A noble shall be a subject of the Kingdom, who shall have attained the age of twenty-five years, and resided 
in the Kingdom three years, and shall be the owner of taxable property in this Kingdom of the value of three 
thousand dollars over and above all encumbrances, or in receipt of an income of not less than $600 per annum.
Art. 58. Twenty-four nobles shall be elected as follows: Six from the Island of Hawaii; six from the Islands of Maui, 
Molokai, and Lanai; nine from the Island of Oahu; and three from the islands of Kauai and Niihau. At the first 
election held under this Constitution, the nobles shall be elected to serve until the general election to the legislature 
for the year of our Lord 1890, at which election, and thereafter, the nobles shall be elected at the same time and 
places as the representatives. At the election for the year of our Lord 1890, one-third of the nobles from each of the 
divisions aforesaid shall be elected for two years, and one-third for four years, and one-third for six years, and the 
electors shall ballot for them for such terms, respectively ; and at all subsequent general elections they shall be 
elected for six years. The nobles shall serve without pay.
Art. 59. Every male resident of the Hawaiian Islands, of Hawaiian, American, or European birth or descent, who 
shall have attained the age of twenty years, and shall have paid his taxes, and shall have caused his name to be 
entered on the list of voters for nobles of his district, shall be an elector of nobles, and shall be entitled to vote at any 
election of nobles, provided:
First. That he shall have resided in the country not less than three years, and in the district in which he offers to vote 
not less than three months immediately preceding the election at which he offers to vote;
Second. That he shall own and be possessed, in his own right, of taxable property in this country of the value of not 
less than $3,000 over and above all incumbrances, or shall have actually received an income of not less than $600 
during the year next preceding his registration for such election;
Third. That he shall be able to read and comprehend an ordinary newspaper printed in either the Hawaiian, English, 
or some European language;
Fourth. That he shall have taken an oath to support the constitution and laws, such oath to be administered by any 
person authorized to administer oaths, or by any inspector of elections;
Provided, however, That the requirements of a three years' residence and of ability to read and comprehend an 
ordinary newspaper, printed either in the Hawaiian, English, or some European language, shall not apply to persons 
residing in the Kingdom at the time of the promulgation of this constitution, if they shall register and vote at the first 
election which shall be held under this constitution.
Art. 60. There shall be twenty-four representatives of the people elected biennially, except those first elected under 
this constitution, who shall serve until the general election for the year of our Lord 1890. The representation shall be 
based upon the principles of equality and shall be regulated and apportioned by the legislature according to the 
population to be ascertained from time to time by the official census. But until such apportionment by the 
legislature, the apportionment now established by law shall remain in force, with the following exceptions, namely: 
There shall be but two representatives for the districts of Hilo and Puna on the island of Hawaii, but one for the 
districts of Lahaina and Kaanapali on the island of Maui, and but one for the districts of Koolauloa and Waialua on 
the island of Oahu.
Art. 61. No person shall be eligible as a representative of the people unless he be a male subject of the Kingdom, 
who shall have arrived at the full age of twenty-one years; who shall know how to read and write either the 
Hawaiian, English, or some European language; who shall understand accounts; who shall have been domiciled in 
the Kingdom for at least three years, the last of which shall be the year immediately preceding his election; and who 
shall own real estate within the Kingdom of a clear value, over and above all encumbrances, of at least $500; or who 
shall have an annual income of at least $250, derived from any property or some lawful employment.


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