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‘Iolani Palace with barbed wire


Image from Bishop Museum Archives, Honolulu, Hawaii. Images are not to be re-used without permission.

‘Iolani Palace was the seat of government in 1941, containing the Governor’s office as well as the Legislature. When the military seized control of the government on Dec. 7, military officers moved in and the Palace grounds were quickly surrounded by barbed wire (as this photo shows). Martial law was in effect until 1944, in a takeover which was unprecedented in American history. During this period, laws were created simply by proclamations, and civilians were subject to military courts and legal punishments.

Collection: General Photograph Collection
Call Number: 1998.346, page 39
Location: Bishop Museum Archives