Constitution of the Hawaiian Patriotic League, in English, 1893.



Whereas vital changes in our Country have taken place, which may affect its Independence and the Civil Rights of its Subjects and Citizens, thereby rendering indispensable a compact and zealous Union between all men who love the Country, irrespective of Party or creed.

Therefore, Resolved that We, the patriotic, peaceful and loyal Subjects and Citizens of Hawaii nei, for the purpose of peaceably guarding our Civil Rights, do hereby form ourselves into a League, under the following Constitution:


Article 1—The name of this Association shall be the HAWAIIAN PATRIOTIC LEAGUE (Ka Hui Hawaii Aloha AIna).


Article 2—The object of this Association is to preserve and maintain, by all legal and peaceful means and measures, the Independent Autonomy of the Islands of Hawaii nei; and, if the preservation of our Independence be rendered impossible, our object shall then be to exert all peaceful and legal efforts to secure for the Hawaiian People and Citizens the continuance of their Civil Rights.


Article 3—The League shall consist of one Central Body in Honolulu, with Branches in the various Districts of the other Islands.


Article 4—(A) All the Natives of this Country, over 20 years of age, who are willing to pledge themselves to the objects of this League, are eligible for membership thereof and may become members by signing this Constitution.

(B) All foreigners, at present enjoying or entitled to Civil Rights in this country, and in sympathy with the objects of this Association and willing to pledge themselves to it, by signing the Constitution, may be admitted as Honorary Members.


Article 5—The Central Body of the Patriotic League shall rule over all the District Branches , and shall be conducted by the following officers:

1. Honorary President,

1. President,

2. Vice-Presidents,

1. Secretary,

1. Treasurer,

And 13 Councillors who together, shall constitute an Executive Council of 19 members. All these Officers must be native Hawaiians and must be elected by Ballot, for such term of office, as may be provided in the by-laws of the League or Council.

The District Branches shall elect their Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, and shall appoint one Delegate to represent them before the Central Body in Honolulu, which Delegate shall have a right to attend the meeting of the Executive Council and of the League.


Article 6—Foreign Members shall be elected by the Executive Council, to the following honorary offices: 1 Honorary President, 2 Honorary Vice-Presidents, 2 Honorary Secretaries, and 7 Honorary Councillors, or more, as may hereafter be determined by the League. These Honorary Officers shall constitute and Advisory Council who shall sit and vote with the Executive Council.


Article 7—The duties of the various officers shall be those pertaining to the respective offices, as is usual in all similar organizations, and shall be more expressly defined in such by-laws as may be hereafter adopted by the Executive Council.


Article 8—Meetings of the League shall be called by the President, at the request of the Executive Council or of any other ten members;

Meetings of the Executive Council shall be called by the President at the request of any three members of said Council;

All proceeding s of meetings of the League and of the Executive Council shall be governed by the usual decorum and rules of Parliamentary Usage.


Article 9—Any member of the League or of its Executive Council, who may commit an act violating the spirit and purposes of this League may be summoned before the Executive Council, and upon conviction by them, be expelled from the League.


Article 10—All amendments or additions to the present Constitution must be approved by a general meeting of the League.

Adopted, Honolulu, this 4th day of March, 1893.

[See the Hawaiian-Language Constitution here!]

(Leo o ka Lahui, 3/22/1893, p. 3)


Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 667, Aoao 3. Maraki 22, 1893.

2 thoughts on “Constitution of the Hawaiian Patriotic League, in English, 1893.

  1. This is an amazing resource! I am currently a PhD Candidate working on the writings of the Hawai’ian Patriotic League. Is there any way I could get in contact with the person/s responsible for recovering, translating, and presenting this work to the public?

  2. Pingback: Constitution of the Hawaiian Patriotic League, in Hawaiian, 1893. | nupepa

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