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Law School to Create Native Hawaiian Legal Primers

Posted on | June 3, 2011 | Comments Off on Law School to Create Native Hawaiian Legal Primers

The William S. Richardson School of Law’s Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will produce legal primers on issues of significance to Native Hawaiians.

OHA has committed $62,000 for Ka Huli Ao to research, publish and distribute two primers—one on iwi kūpuna (Native Hawaiian burials) and a second on traditional and customary Native Hawaiian rights. Once the materials are completed, Ka Huli Ao will collaborate with grassroots groups on Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Hawaiʻi Island to facilitate community outreach meetings and distribute copies of the primers.

“We are immensely grateful for OHA’s continued support of our community outreach and empowerment efforts,” says Ka Huli Ao Assistant Professor Kapua Sproat. “This builds on the success of Ola I Ka Wai: A Legal Primer for Water Use and Management in Hawaiʻi, where OHA and Ka Huli Ao partnered to provide educational resources and increase capacity regarding water rights and issues, especially in rural, Neighbor Island communities. This funding will allow us to continue those efforts, now with respect to iwi kūpuna and traditional and customary rights.”

Read the news release.