Waipahu High School

48 9th-grade students and 4 chaperones for Court System and Mock Trial tour. The students will be divided into two groups and flip with the Hawaii State Capitol. Contact is Lori Misaka.

Mid Pacific Institute

19 11th-grade students studying global politics. Students are looking at local issues to research and engage in. Project Citizen/Public Policy focus. Contact is Natasha Schultz.

Waipahu Intermediate School

100 7th and 8th graders in two groups of 50. The first tour at 9 am and the 2nd tour at 10 am. The students must depart at 10:40 am. The students will study court system and conduct a mock trial.

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Ua Mau ke Kuleana? On the Endurance of Native Tenant Rights

Kuleana constituted both a right to and responsibility for, land for Hawaiians. Perkins argues that by debating the extent of gathering rights, the courts may be obscuring profound rights of Hawaiians’ embedded in the land tenure system. Central to the debate over kuleana lands is the notion of a deadline, which is problematic and poses challenges to the continued existence of kuleana in the present day. What legal implications does the western construct of time have on Hawaiians’ inherent rights to their land and geopolitical sovereignty?

ʻUmi Perkins, Ph.D., teaches Hawaiian history at the Kamehameha Schools and is a lecturer in political science at Windward Community College and the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. He has written for The Nation, Hawaiʻi Review, Summit magazine and other publications.

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In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors

King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center Courtroom Speaker Series presents a talk by Moana Rowland, Na Ala Hele Program, Division of Forestry and Wildlife of the DLNR.

Laws passed down from the time of the Kingdom have provided rights-of-way for all.  This talk will include a discussion of those laws and the challenges the government faces in exercising its claim to trails and accesses.

Moana’s love of hiking began in the late 1980’s during her college days, but little did she know that it would lead to a 20-year career with DLNR to research and document ancient and historic trails and accesses.  Her work with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife has taken her to places throughout Hawaiʻi that leave her in awe and wonder of the engineering abilities of our ancestors.

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Jacked Up and Unjust

As our nation struggles with issues of equality and justice, it’s relevant to examine the legacy of race and ethnicity in Hawaiʻi. Katherine Irwin and Karen Umemoto shed light on challenges teens living in Hawaiʻi’s inner cities and rural areas face in our justice system. What sort of obstacles do they encounter with law enforcement, the courts, and correctional services? Where is our justice system succeeding? Based on nine years of ethnographic research, the authors highlight how legacies of injustice endure, prompting teens to fight for dignity and the chance to thrive in America, a nation that the youth describe as inherently “jacked up”—rigged—and “unjust.” While the story begins with the youth battling multiple contingencies, it ends on a hopeful note with many of the teens overcoming numerous hardships, often with the guidance of steadfast, caring adults.

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