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              804	HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.                                                 

THE TWO  CONSTITUTIONS.



Constitution of 1864.    
Granted by His Majesty Kamehameha 
V., by the grace of God, King of the 
Hawaiian Islands, on the twentieth day 
of August, A. D. 1864.


Article 1. God hath endowed all men
with certain inalienable rights, among which 
are life, liberty, and the right of acquiring 
possessing, and protecting property, and of 
pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.
Article 2. All men are free to -worship 
God according to the dictates of their 
own consciences; but this sacred privi-
lege hereby secured shall not be be con-
strued as to justify acts of 
licentiousness, or practices inconsistent 
with the peace or safety of the 
Kingdom.
Article 3. All men may freely speak, 
write, and publish their sentiments on 
all subjects, being responsible for the 
abuse of that right, and no law shall be 
enacted to restrain the liberty of speech 
or of the press, except such laws as may 
be necessary for the protection of His 
Majesty the King and the royal family.
Article 4. All men shall have the right, 
in an orderly and peaceable manner, to 
assemble, without arms, to consult 
upon the common good, and to petition 
the King or Legislative assembly for 
redress of grievances.
Article 5. The privilege of the writ of 
habeas corpus belongs to all men, and 
shall not be suspended, unless by the 
King, when in cases of rebellion or 
invasion the public safety shall require 
its suspension.
Article 6. No person, shall be subject to 
punishment for any offense, except on 
due and legal conviction thereof in a 
court having jurisdiction of the case.
Article 7. No person shall be held to 
answer for any crime or offense (except 
in cages of impeachment, or for 
offenses with in the jurisdiction of a 
police or district justice, or in summary 
proceedings for contempt), unless upon 
indictment, fully and plainly describing 
such crime or offense, and lie shall 
have the right to meet the witnesses 
who are pro-


Constitution of 1887.
whereas, the constitution of this 
Kingdom, heretofore in force, 
contains many provisions 
subversive of civil rights and 
incompatible with enlightened 
constitutional government.
and whereas, it has become 
imperative, in order to restore 
order and tranquility and the 
confidence necessary to a further 
maintenance of the present Gov-
ernment, that a new constitution 
should be at once promulgated:
Now, therefore,  I, Kalakaua, King 
of the Hawaiian Islands, in my 
capacity,, as sovereign of this 
Kingdom, and as the1 
representative of the people 
hereunto by them duly authorised 
and empowered, do annul and 
abrogate the constitution 
promulgated by Kamehameha the 
Fifth, o on the 20th day of August, 
A. D. 1864, and do proclaim and 
promulgate this constitution.
article 1, God hath endowed all 
men with certain inalienable 
rights, among'' which are life, 
liberty, and the right of acquiring, 
possessing, and protecting 
property, and of pursuing and 
obtaining safety and happiness.
Article 2. All men are free to 
worship God according to the 
dictates of their own consciences; 
but this sacred privilege hereby 
secured shall not be so construed 
as to justify acts of licentiousness, 
or practices inconsistent with the 
peace or safety of the Kingdom.
Article 3. All men may freely 
speak, write, and publish their 
sentiments on all subjects, being 
responsible for the abuse of that 
right, and no law shall be enacted 
to restrain the liberty of speech or 
of the press.
Article 4. All men   shall   have the
right, in an orderly and peaceable 
manner, to assemble, without 
arms, to consult upon the common 
good, and to petition the King or 
Legislature for redress of 
grievances.
Article 5. The privilege of the writ 
of habeas corpus belongs to all 
men, and shall not be suspended, 
unless by the King, when, in case 
of rebellion or invasion, the public 
safety shall require its suspension.
Article 6. No person shall be 
subject to punishment for any 
offense, except on due and legal 
conviction thereof, in a court 
having jurisdiction of the case.
Article 7. No person shall be held 
to answer for any crime or offense 
(except in cases of impeachment, 
or for offenses within the 
jurisdiction of a police or district 
justice, or in summary proceedings 
for contempt), unless upon 
indictment, fully and plainly 
describing such crime or offence, 
and he shall have the right to meet 
the witnesses who are produced

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