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Hawai`i Legal Research: The Organic Act 1900

Links to online legal resources for researching Hawaii laws.

The Organic Act (1900)

July 7, 1898 - Joint Resolution of Annexation [30 Stat 750 (2 Supp. R.S. 895)]

Aug. 12, 1898 - Transfer of Sovereignty to the United States

June 14, 1900 - The Organic Act (creating the Territory of Hawaii) [Joint Resolution, RLH 1955, page 13]

The Hawaiian group consists of the following islands (Ed. note:  Chain of Hawaiian Islands were not an archipelago.): 

  • Hawaii
  • Maui
  • Oahu
  • Kauai
  • Molokai
  • Lanai
  • Niihau
  • Kahoolawe
  • Molokini
  • Lehua
  • Kaula
  • Nihoa
  • Necker
  • Laysan
  • Gardiner
  • Lisiansky
  • Ocean
  • French Frigates Shoal
  • Palmyra
  • Brooks Shoal
  • Pearl and Hermes Reef
  • Gambia Shoal and Dowsett and Maro Reef.

[Senate Doc. 16, 55th Congress, 3d Session, 1898.  U.S. Misc. Pub. 1898]

Palmyra History

For history of Palmyra see United States v. Fullard-Leo, 133 F.2d 743 (9th Cir. 1943); United States v. Fullard-Leo, 156 F.2d 756 (9th Cir. 1946); United States v. Fullard-Leo, 331 U.S. 256 (1947).

Cases with Hawaiian History

Downes v. Bidwell, 182 U.S. 244, 305 (1901).

Territory of Hawaii v. Mankichi, 190 U.S. 197 (1903).