Hawaiian law program to provide training to state, county personnel

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Derek Kauanoe, (808) 729-0289
Community Outreach Coordinator, Law School
Posted: Dec 19, 2013

Davianna McGregor addresses attendees in January 2013.
Davianna McGregor addresses attendees in January 2013.
Ka Huli Ao logo
Ka Huli Ao logo

The William S. Richardson School of Law’s Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law will provide a free law training course to state and county lawmakers, decision-makers, staff and members of various boards, commissions and councils on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Law School campus at UH Mānoa.

The training course is focused on state and county governments’ trust obligations, particularly in relation to Native Hawaiian cultural and natural resources.  The specific subjects include the public land trust, traditional and customary rights, water and the public trust doctrine, and the law relating to iwi kūpuna or Native Hawaiian ancestral remains.

Explained Associate Professor of Law and Ka Huli Ao Director Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, “We offered this training in January 2013 and were encouraged by the number of people and entities that participated – over a hundred people attended. Generally, the feedback was very positive, and attendees found the training invaluable.  We’re excited to offer this opportunity again.”

Due to developments in the law since January 2013, there will be updates to the training course.  Law School faculty members will give presentations on each of the subjects.   Dr. Davianna McGregor from the Ethnic Studies department will provide an historical overview on land tenure.

The training course has been made possible with funding from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.