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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON FRIDAY, MARCH 20th!
JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Partner in the Law Firm of Winer, Meheula & Devens LLP
LAWSUIT TO STOP THE STATE FROM SELLING CEDED LANDS
In 1994, Bill Meheula represented Pia Aluli, Jon Osorio, Charles Kaaiai and Keoki Kiili in a case to stop the State from selling 500 acres of ceded lands in Lahaina to C. Brewer. Mr. Meheula persuaded OHA to also sue the State to stop this sale. In January 2008, the Hawaii Supreme Court granted the injunction in favor of OHA and Mr. Meheula’s clients.
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The decision held:“We hold that the Apology Resolution and related state legislation, give rise to the State's fiduciary duty to preserve the corpus of the public lands trust, specifically, the ceded lands, until such time as the unrelinquished claims of the native Hawaiians have been resolved.” The State appealed the decision and oral argument before the United States Supreme Court was heard on February 25, 2009. A decision is expected in the next three months. Mr. Meheula will discuss the case, and the Native Hawaiians’ claim to the ceded lands—the lands illegally taken from the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893 and transferred to the United States in 1898.
Friday, March 20th, 2009
*Please Note that this meeting will be held on a Friday in comparison to our usual meetings on Thursdays. Mahalo.
11:30 – Registration
Noon – Lunch
Members: $20.00 per person
Non-members: $25.00 per per person
Seating is limited. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Space may not be available for late registrants.
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Please reply by Wednesday, March 18.