Proclamation, December 22, 1924

Purpose: To transfer land and property, belonging to the federal government, to the territory of Hawaii

Date: December 22, 1924

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WHEREAS, section ninety-one of the Act of Congress approved April thirtieth, nineteen hundred, entitled “An Act to provide a government for the Territory of Hawaii” (31 Stat. 141-159), as amended by section seven of the Act approved May twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred and ten (36 Stat. 443, 447), authorizes the transfer of the title to certain public property ceded and transferred to the United States by the Republic of Hawaii under the joint resolution of annexation, approved July seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety eight (30 Stat. 750), and in the possession and use of the Territory of Hawaii, to said Territory; and

WHEREAS, on the twenty-fifth day of March, nineteen hundred and one, Sanford B. Dole, Governor of Hawaii, acting pursuant to the authority contained in section ninety-one of the Act of April thirtieth, nineteen hundred, issued a proclamation setting aside certain lands therein described constituting the old Honolulu Custom House Site, the buildings thereon and the furniture and fixtures therein contained, “for the uses and purposes of the United States,” to wit: the transaction of the public business of the United States relating to customs, and

WHEREAS, the lands and buildings, etc., at Honolulu, Hawaii, described in said proclamation are no longer needed for the uses and purposes of the United States, and

WHEREAS, such lands and buildings, etc., are desired by the Government of the Territory of Hawaii to be used for street, parking, Title to old custom and other purposes by the people of the Territory of Hawaii,

Now, therefore, I, CALVIN COOLIDGE, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the power vested in me by section seven of the Act of Congress approved May twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred and ten (36 Stat. 443, 447), do hereby transfer to the Territory of Hawaii the title to the lands and buildings thereon and fixtures therein contained, referred to in the proclamation of the Governor of the Territory of Hawaii, above mentioned, described as follows, to wit:

Beginning at a point on the southeast side of Fort Street, 126 feet from the Esplanade, running northeasterly along Fort Street 200 feet to Allen Street; southeasterly along Allen Street 200 feet to Kekuanaoa Street; southwesterly along Kekuanaoa Street 200 feet; thence northwesterly 200 feet to the starting point, including an area of 40,000 square feet, and known as the Custom House Lot, Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this 22d day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and forty-ninth.


Citation: The Statutes at Large of the United States of America from December, 1923 to March, 1925

The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the volunteer efforts of David McCann who prepared this document for digital publication.

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