Founded in 1841, the Hawaii Supreme Court is the state's court of last resort.
The current justices of the court are:
The Hawaii Supreme Court has appellate jurisdiction over cases decided in lower courts within the state. These appeals come in the form of reserved and certified questions from lower courts or federal courts, and writs of certiorari. The court has exclusive jurisdiction over elections cases, rules governing the procedures of all state courts, and regulation and discipline of attorneys and judges.
Judges are selected using the commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection where the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission forwards a list of candidates to the Governor. The Governor of Hawaii then appoints a candidate who must then be confirmed by the Hawaii State Senate. Justices serve renewable ten year terms which are approved or denied by the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission. There is a mandatory retirement age of 70 for the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is appointed in the same method, but the appointment can be made from current members of the court.
Minimum qualifications for appointment to the court are:
- Under the age of 70 at time of appointment.
- Resident of Hawaii and the United States of America.
- Licensed to practice law for no less than ten years prior to appointment.
- Not holding other political office or actively practicing law after appointment.
Removal of Justices
Judges may be removed in two ways:
| Fiscal Year
|| Primary cases filed
|| Supplemental proceedings filed
|| Primary cases terminated
|| Primary cases pending
|| Supplemental cases pending
The Associate Justices of the court receive $151,118 annually, while the Chief Justice makes $156,727. 
History of the court
Old Honolulu Courthouse, historic home of the Hawaii Supreme Court