Talk story and book signing reception with internationally acclaimed Law Professor Jon Van Dyke

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Posted: Jan 29, 2008

HONOLULU — The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will hold a book reception for internationally acclaimed Professor of Law Jon Van Dyke for his new book, "Who Owns the Crown Lands," on Friday, February 1, 2008, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Joining Van Dyke will be UHM Center for Hawaiian Studies Director and acclaimed musician Jon Osorio, who is also featured in the book.

In this engrossing work, Jon Van Dyke describes and analyzes in detail the complex cultural and legal history of Hawaiʻi's Crown Lands. He argues that these lands must be examined as a separate entity and their unique status recognized. Government Lands were created to provide for the needs of the general population; Crown Lands were part of the personal domain of Kamehameha III and evolved into a resource designed to support the mʻ, who in turn supported the Native Hawaiian people. Crown Lands originally had a special meaning as Native Hawaiian lands, and it is important to understand their unique heritage. The question of who owns Hawaiʻi's Crown Lands today is of singular importance for Native Hawaiians in their quest for recognition and sovereignty, and this volume will become a primary resource on a fundamental issue underlying Native Hawaiian birthrights.

The event will be held at the Halau Auditorium Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole Street. The talk story session will be held from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Refreshments and music will be provided. Limited book quantities will be available for purchase. $3 parking at the site. To R.S.V.P. call 956-6857.