Ka Huli Ao Events
On April 5, Ka Huli Ao presented the last Maoli Thursday of the Spring 2018 semester. International Jurist in Residence Justice Joe Williams of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand spoke passionately about the successes and challenges of the Waitangi Tribunal process. The Waitangi Tribunal, established by the Waitangi Tribunal Act of 1975, is a permanent commission that researches, hears, and makes recommendations on claims brought by Māori relating to Crown actions that breach the promises made in the Treaty of Waitangi. Justice Williams is a former Deputy Chairperson and Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal. Prof. Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie moderated.
On the evening of Tuesday, March 20th, Ka Huli Ao hosted a panel discussion with Gov. John Waiheʻe III, Sherry Broder, and Rebecca Soon on the 1978 Constitutional Convention and how the amendments to the Constitution affected the Native Hawaiian and larger community. Gov. Waiheʻe was a delegate and leader at the 1978 Convention, while Sherry Broder was the Deputy Chief Attorney at the Convention. Both reflected on the genesis of the amendments and the budding indigenous sovereignty movements that influenced the delegates. Rebecca Soon addressed ways the amendments had affected the current and future efforts aimed at Native Hawaiian self-determination. The panel, moderated by Prof. Melody K. MacKenzie, was part of the programming for the Evening Part-Time program at the Law School.
Ka Huli Ao presented Maoli Thursday on March 1 on the topic “Lost in Translation: ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and the Law.” Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation attorney Sharla Manley and ʻŌiwi TV host and language advocate Amy Kalili ’06 discussed how constitutional provisions relating to ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian education have helped the language revitalization movement both in the classroom and courtroom, and where we go from here. 2Ls Luʻukia Nakanelua and Kealiʻi Sagum moderated.
Ka Huli Ao presented the first Maoli Thursday of the Spring 2018 semester on February 1, “Hawaiʻi ’78: Where We Went and Where We Go From Here Talk #1: ʻĀINA,” featured panelists former Gov. John D. Waiheʻe III, Walter Ritte, Jr., Malia Akutagawa, and Kamanamaikalani Beamer, and was moderated by Hawaiʻinuiākea Interim Dean Jonathan K.K. Osorio. The discussion was the first in a four-part series that focuses on the 1978 Constitutional Convention, its continuing impact on Native Hawaiians, and the implications of another Hawaiʻi ConCon, to be decided on the ballot for November 2018. The Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge co-sponsored the event.
On December 15, 2017, over 60 decision-makers, including several newly appointed members of state boards, commissions and councils, received a day of training at the William S. Richardson School of law on key issues in Native Hawaiian law. The training — covering four major legal areas affecting Native Hawaiians — is required for certain members of state boards, commissions and councils as part of Act 169, a state law passed in 2015. The specialized training was developed for recently appointed or elected officials, and was conducted by faculty members of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law. This was the fifth full day training since the enactment of Act 169.