Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Maoli Thursday, Elections, Kahana, and Moot Court


Tomorrow, November, 6, we will be having our third Maoli Thursday event of the school year. This will be a special Maoli Thursday given the recent election results. For those unable to attend this month's Maoli Thursday, we will be live-streaming the event here on our blog.

The event is titled, "Beyond Election 2008: What's at stake for Native Hawaiians?"

We have two featured guests:
- Hawai'i State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa
- Esther Kia'aina, Land Asset Manager for Kamehameha Schools and Chief of Staff to Congressman Ed Case.

Our guests and audience will engage in a discussion on how elections at the county, state & federal levels will impact both our island communities and Native Hawaiians.

Barack Obama is the new President of the United States. In our local elections, it turns out that all the incumbent Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees will retain their seats; Robert Linsdey, Donald Cataluna, Colette Machado and Haunani Apoliona.

Billy Kenoi
, a Native Hawaiian and a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law is now the Mayor of Hawai'i County.


The Honolulu Advertiser is reporting that the six families in Kahana, that faced eviction, will not be evicted while the 2009 Hawai'i legislature considers how to deal with the issue.

We can expect to see some legislation specifically addressing Kahana.


The University of Colorado and Denver University Native American Law Students Association chapters released this year's moot court problem. It's available here

Hawai'i and Native Hawaiian law students might be particularly interested in this problem as the "record below" cites to Doe v. Kamehameha Schools case.

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