The Value of Hawai‘i

(10/25) Hawaiian Law and the State: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future

Hawaiian Law and the State: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future
Mon, Oct. 25, Judiciary History Center
, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Featuring Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, and Lowell Chun-Hoon.
Free and open to the public

Contributors from The Value of Hawai’i come together to discuss the history and future of law, government, the Kingdom of Hawai’i, and statehood, focusing on the connections between Kingdom law, labor law, and today’s state. What lessons does the Kingdom law experience offer for Hawai‘i’s future? What suggestions can we offer for the 2011 Legislative session?

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Lowell Chun-Hoon is a Honolulu labor lawyer who co-founded and edited the Amerasia Journal at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. He serves on the boards of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Pacific Survivor Center, and the Kuan Yin Temple, and the advisory committee to the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at LASH. At present he is also assisting a group publishing a biography of former Associate Justice Edward H. Nakamura that has been written by Tom Coffman.

Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie is an Associate Professor and Director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. After serving as a law clerk to Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice William S. Richardson, she joined the staff of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, a public interest law firm advancing Native Hawaiian rights. Prof. MacKenzie is chief editor for the second edition of the Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook, and has litigated cases dealing with Hawaiian lands, asserting traditional and customary rights, and defending the constitutionality of Hawaiian programs.

Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, PhD, is Professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, a historian of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and a practicing musician and composer. He has been an advocate for the restoration of Hawai‘i’s political independence, and writes about the sovereignty movement in Hawai‘i. He and his wife Mary live in Pālolo, and have sent all of their children to public schools and Kamehameha High School.

An event sponsored by The Hawai’i Independent [], The Hawai’i Council for the Humanities, and the Center for Biographical Research.