Territory of Hawaii Registration Day July 31


The Selective Service Act, signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on May 19, 1917, required all male U.S. citizens and resident aliens from age 21 to 30 to register for the draft. On the day of registration, June 5, 1917, 9,660,000 young men presented themselves at local selective service boards, where they were asked to give their name, address, age, distinguishing physical features, and reason, if any, for claiming exemption. Three additional registrations took place, on June 5, August 24, and September 12 of 1918. Hawaii was at that time a territory (it became a state in 1959), but its men were subject to the draft. This poster, showing a soldier carrying a large U.S. flag, announces a special registration day for the territory of Hawaii. The additional text provided in Chinese reflects the ethnic diversity of Hawaii, which included people of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and mainland U.S. origin. Some 10,000 Hawaiians served in various capacities during World War I, and approximately 80 died while serving in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.

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Central Board of Registration, Selective Draft, Territory of Hawaii, Hawaii

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1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 70 x 52 centimeters



  1. Historic Hawaii Foundation, “About the Heroes Honored at the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium,” http://www.historichawaii.org/Historic_Sites/Natatorium/TheHeroes.html.

Last updated: November 14, 2017