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State Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit seeking to limit scope of OHA

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:51 a.m. HST, Dec 03, 2013

The Hawaii Supreme Court upheld today the dismissal of a lawsuit contending that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs should spend trust funds only for individuals with at least 50 percent Hawaiian blood.

OHA, which was created by a 1978 state constitutional amendment, has been helping individuals with at least some Hawaiian blood.

In the 49-page unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, the high court affirmed the 2011 dismissal of the suit by Samuel L. Kealoha Jr. and three others.

The suit was against the OHA trustees.

The high court's opinion cited federal court decisions that threw out similar challenges.

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DiverDave wrote:
OHA= Institutionalized Racism
on December 3,2013 | 10:53AM
false wrote:
Maybe, but with the blessing of the state.
on December 3,2013 | 11:07AM
1local wrote:
OHA is not only a racist organization - Hawaiians are not the indigenous people - the Marquesans were - OHA is a fraudulent use of taxpayer money. The marquesans were conquered by the 'Hawaiians' who were absorbed by the USA.
on December 3,2013 | 11:08AM
Actually, my great-great-great-great grandfather voyaged here from China only to find no infrastructure and knowing the growing population would create terrible traffic, he had decided to leave the isles for California. So although he was here 1200 years ago, his original attempt to make this his home was not going to work and left.
on December 3,2013 | 12:40PM
Denominator wrote:
Presumably he had the foresight to see that CA was going bankrupt and that earthquakes would rattle his grandsons. So where did he finally decide to start his laundry?
on December 3,2013 | 12:46PM
hanalei395 wrote:
local is like another i diot, allie. The Nukuhiwa people discovered and settled these islands, and they led by a chief named Hawai'`i Loa. He was the first man to step foot on the first island that was discovered, and he named that island after himself. In Nukuhiwa, they called themselves Maoli Nukuhiwa. After settlement, they then became Maoli Hawai`i, known today as Hawaiians. They went on to discover Tahiti, Rapanui ("Easter Island", Aotearoa ("New Zealand") and numerous of other islands and atolls, all within the Polynesian Triangle.
on December 3,2013 | 01:22PM
DiverDave wrote:
Thank you for clarifying that Polynesians are not from here, hanalei395.
on December 4,2013 | 07:42AM
bodysurf_ah wrote:
Haha. And there's nothing you can do about it except cry.
on December 3,2013 | 03:35PM
Mythman wrote:
It is astonishing that the lawyer involved has wasted considerable time and money on wrong theories instead of focusing on what will fix things. Makes you wonder what is going on. At the rate that lawyer is proceeding, why it would take another three or four decades to finally nail it down. The state is officially sanctioning state laws that are racial and are used in a form of Jim Crow eligible to be characterized as Asian Jim Crow. The dismissal is of comparatively low to no importance as the theory itself was poorly founded based on whatever is behind the incompetence.
on December 3,2013 | 05:09PM
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