• NHLC Handbook

    In 1991, NHLC published the Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook, a primer on the legal rights and public policy issues associated with Hawaiian land and traditional practices. The book grew out of a law school clinic that NHLC attorneys helped staff. The Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook is currently out of print.


    Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook (NHRH001)


    NHLC also co-published a Dictionary of Hawaiian Legal Land-Terms, a reference book of Hawaiian words and phrases found in documents from the turn of the century. The dictionary may be purchased at Native Books and Na Mea Hawaii. These publications are still relied upon by the courts as evidence of title to real property.





    Edited by Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie with Susan K. Serrano and D. Kapua`ala Sproat


    Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, and Kamehameha Publishing proudly announce the forthcoming publication of Native Hawaiian Law: A Treatise, the highly anticipated follow up to the seminal 1991 Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook. Native Hawaiian Law updates and expands on that earlier work, providing a definitive reference for understanding critical issues for Native Hawaiians including:

    • Native Hawaiians and U.S. Law
    • Native Hawaiians and International Law
    • The Public Land Trust
    • Water Rights
    • Traditional and Customary Access and Gathering Rights
    • Burial Rights
    • The Hawaiian Homes Commission Act
    • Judicial Methods for Securing Land Title
    • The Island of Kaho`olawe
    • Konohiki Fishing Rights
    • Native Hawaiian Health
    • Hawaiian Language and Education

    and much more.

    Click here to order your copy from Kamehameha Publishing and to check out chapter previews available for e-readers!


  • What is a Quiet Title Action

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  • Cotenancy

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  • Protecting Burials and Sacred Sites

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