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.
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.
The Storm is Passing Over
African-American gospels and spirituals will fill the air as Windward Choral Society presents “The Storm is Passing Over” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John Vianney Parish on Keolu Drive. Read More »
OLGC Keiki Collect Slippers
Students from Our Lady of Good Counsel School (OLGC) in Pearl City collected 443 pairs of slippers for the Sisters of Saint Francis at Our Lady of Kea‘au to help the needy along the Leeward coast. Read More »