Section 4.  All eligible public officers, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices, shall take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation:  "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, and that I will faithfully discharge my duties as ........................ to the best of my ability."  As used in this section, "eligible public officers" means the governor, the lieutenant governor, the members of both houses of the legislature, the members of the board of education, the members of the national guard, State or county employees who possess police powers, district court judges, and all those whose appointment requires the consent of the senate. [Ren and am Const Con 1978 and election Nov 7, 1978; am SB 1440 (1992) and election Nov 3, 1992]


Attorney General Opinions


  Elfbrandt v. Russell, 384 U.S. 11, 86 S. Ct. 1238, does not invalidate the oath of office.  Att. Gen. Op. 66-18.

  When board of education members can assume official duties. Att. Gen. Op. 86-21.


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