Kamehameha III (1814-1854) promulgated Hawaii's first constitution in 1840, which established the first chief judge of the Supreme Court, a position Kamehameha III then filled. He decided on a new land division in 1848, which became known as the Great Māhele.
1. Kamehameha III 1840-1848
2. William Little Lee 1848-1857 (Died in office.)
3. Elisha Hunt Allen 1857-1877 (Resigned.)
4. Charles Coffin Harris 1877-1881 (Died in office.)
5. Albert Francis Judd 1881-1900 (Died in office.)
6. Walter F. Frear 1900-1907 (Resigned.)
7. Alfred S. Hartwell 1907-1911
8. Alexander G.M. Robinson 1911-1918
9. James Leslie Coke 1918-1922 (first term)
10. Emil C. Peters 1922-1925
11. Antonio Perry 1926-1934
12. James Leslie Coke 1935-1941 (second term)
13. Samuel B. Kemp 1941-1950
14. Edward Armstrong Towse 1951-1956
15. Philip L. Rice 1956-1959
16. Wilfred Chomatsu Tsukiyama 1959-1965
17. William S. Richardson 1966-1982
18. Herman T.F. Lum 1982-1993
19. Ronald T.Y. Moon 1993-2010
20. Mark E. Recktenwald 2010-
Cases prior to 1847 were published in The Polynesian, a government owned newspaper. It has been digitized (1844–1864) at the Library of Congress' website Chronicling America. URL: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015408/issues/
Kingdom Cases 1847–1893 (Haw. King 1847–Jan. 16, 1893)
Provisional Government 1893–1894 (Haw. Prov. Gov.)
(Jan. 17, 1893–July 3, 1894)
Republic of Hawaiʻi 1894–1898 (Haw. Rep.)
(July 4, 1894–July 6, 1898)
Territory of Hawaiʻi 1898-1959 (Haw. Terr.)
(July 7, 1898–Aug. 20, 1959)
Supreme Court 1959–1993 (Haw.); 1994–date (Hawaiʻi): Cite to P.2d or P.3d, if therein.
(Aug. 21, 1959–date)
Intermediate Court of Appeals (Haw. Ct. App.): Cite to P.2d or P.3d, if therein.
(May 6, 1980–date) Note: The Intermediate Court of Appeals (sometimes abbreviated I.C.A.) began May 6, 1980. For the next 14 years this court had its own reporter, Hawaiʻi Appellate Reports (Haw. App.). On Sept. 19, 1994, the Intermediate Court of Appeals began reporting all of its decisions in West's Hawaiʻi Reports and the Pacific Reporter.
CURRENT Statutory Compilations: Cite to Haw. Rev. Stat., if therein. When citing a statute online, use Bluebook R. 18.3.2 to create the parenthetical.
Note: The Bluebook, Table 1.3 for Hawaiʻi does not take into consideration the historical materials prior to statehood in 1959. Local courts, however, prefer to use the various historical governments in their citations to cases during those times. Given that numerous researchers and writers continue to use documents from pre-statehood, the Hawaiian jurisdiction needs substantial revision before the next edition of The Bluebook is published – Roberta F. Woods, J.D., Reference & Instructional Services Librarian, William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Sept. 14, 2012.
When Hawaiʻi began using West's Hawaiʻi Reports (1994–date), "Hawaiʻi" became the insert between the volume and the page number. This is incorrectly cited in the Bluebook.