Exhibits & Films

The Center exhibits and films are thought-provoking for people of all ages.

The Center's galleries interpret more than 200 years of dynamic legal history.

The Monarchy Gallery

The Monarchy Gallery documents the transition of the legal system from the traditional Hawaiian kapu to the 19th-century western-styled court system. The first jury chair, models of the first courthouse and downtown Honolulu in the 1850’s help you imagine what life was like in the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The 1913 Courtroom

Equipped with authentic furnishings, the Restored 1913 Courtroom was the site of the famous Massie Trial in 1930’s Territorial Hawaii. Today, this stately courtroom is the venue for lectures, dramatizations, mock trials, and other public programs. Feel free to take pictures in the judge’s seat!

The Martial Law Gallery

Discover how within hours of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, daily life in Hawaii drastically changed. Learn about the military government, the general orders, and the provost courts.


The Center has produced several videos which can be viewed in our spacious theater.

Law of the Land


Oni v. Meek

When Fear Reigned

Law of the Land chronicles the transition from traditional shared-use rights to the Western concept of private property ownership.

Kanawai looks at the changing attitudes towards water use in the 19th century by examining the surface water case of Peck v. Bailey. In a landmark decision, the Kingdom of Hawaii's Supreme Court dramatically redefined water rights in Hawaii.

Oni v. Meek introduces students to one of the Kingdom's most important Supreme Court decisions involving land rights.

When Fear Reigned delves into the period of time during World War II when military rule replaced Hawaii's civilian government.

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