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Hawaii State Legislature

Statutory Compilations

Prior to 1959, Hawai‘i did not have a Revisor of Statutes.  Temporary statutory revision commissions were convened every ten years to determine how the previous edition of the Revised Laws of Hawai‘i needed to be changed to reflect laws enacted during the intervening period.  Because there were no supplements prior to 1959, users of the code had to use the most recent codification along with all subsequent Session Law publications.  In other words, five years after a published code edition, a user would have to check five separate Session Laws for amendments.

In 1959, the Legislature provided for permanent statutory revision by providing a Revisor of Statutes charged with the responsibility of publishing and updating the state statutory code on a regular basis. Beginnin in 1959, the Revisor of Statutes laid the groundwork for, and organized the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, which was formally enacted in 1968.

Temporary laws are not included in the Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, the codified statutes.  This includes budgets, appropriations, legislation with sunset clauses, repealed laws, sections of laws that indicate the purpose, sections that transfer personnel or functions from one office to another, and others.

Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (Haw. Rev. Stat.) (Official)

1968-date

Bluebook citation format to the book:
Haw. Rev. Stat. § x-x (<year>)

Michie's Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Annotated (LexisNexis) (Unofficial)

Bluebook citation format to the book:
Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § x-x (LexisNexis <year>)

Bluebook citation format to the online version on LexisNexis:
Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § x-x (LEXIS <year/currency statement>)

Bluebook citation format to the online version on Lexis Advance:
Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § x-x (Lexis Advance <year/currency statement>)

Wests' Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Annotated (Unofficial)

Bluebook citation format to the book:
Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § x-x (West <year>)

Bluebook citation format to the online version on Westlaw:
Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § x-x (West, Westlaw <year/currency statement>)

Bluebook citation format to the online version on WestlawNext:
Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § x-x (WestlawNext <year/currency statement>)

Revised Laws of Hawai‘i (Rev. L. Haw.)

1955-1968

1955 - Vol. 2; Vol. 3 Available to UH Manoa authorized users via LLMC-Digital.

Revised Laws of Hawai‘i (Rev. L. Haw.)

1945  Available to UH Manoa authorized users via LLMC-Digital.

Revised Laws of Hawai‘i (Rev. L. Haw.)

1925 Available to UH Manoa authorized users via LLMC-Digital.