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Special Report: Kalima v. State

Homestead suit going to mediation
For only the second time in 14 years, the state is scheduled to begin nonbinding mediation to try to resolve a class-action lawsuit over its failure to issue timely homestead awards to Native Hawaiians.  Story »

Key dates leading up to and following the Kalima v. State class-action lawsuit. • 1921: Congress passes the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920, establishing a federal trust of roughly 200,000 acres to be used to get eligible Native Hawaiians onto homestead lots. • Learn more Story »

They’re dying. Literally. Nearly 14 years after a class-action lawsuit was filed and four years after a judge found the state liable for breach of trust, roughly 300 of the original 2,700-plus Native Hawaiian class members have died. Story »

It was supposed to be an informal, relatively inexpensive process, similar to filing a workers' compensation claim. In the early 1990s, the state created an administrative panel to hear breach-of-trust claims from Native Hawaiian beneficiaries involving homesteading cases from August 1959 to June 1988.  Story »

A state judge presiding over a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has ruled that plaintiffs who waited years for homestead leases can be treated as a group in determining damages, effectively eliminating the possibility that as many as 2,700 separate trials will be held.  Story »

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