17 U. Haw. L. Rev. 427 (1995)
Native Hawaiian Entitlement to Sovereignty: An Overview

handle is hein.journals/uhawlr17 and id is 433 raw text is: Native Hawaiian Entitlement to
Sovereignty: An Overview
by
Noelle M. Kahanu* and
Jon M. Van Dyke**
I. INTRODUCTION
The indwelling yearning for sovereignty among the Hawaiian people
burst forth in 1993 - 100 years after the illegal overthrow of the
Kingdom of Hawai'it - with a cacophonous display of demonstrations,
protests, demands, and legislative proposals. A process is now underway
to reestablish an autonomous Hawaiian nation, and it appears likely
that a constitutional convention will be held to enable all persons of
Hawaiian ancestry to draft an organic governing document that will
allow them to manage their resources and govern themselves once
again.2
* Staff member, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. J.D. 1992, William S.
Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Ms. Kahanu would like
to note that her work on this article was undertaken prior to her joining the staff of
the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
** Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i
at Manoa. J.D. 1967, Harvard University. Professor Van Dyke has served as a
consultant for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on matters related to claims against the
state and federal governments during the past several years. The authors gratefully
acknowledge the assistance of Melody MacKenzie and Paul Finkelman in providing
useful critiques of earlier drafts of this paper. The authors would also like to thank
Karl Espaldon, University of Hawaii School of Law Class of 1996, for his help in the
research related to this article.
' See, e.g., Karen Blondin, A Case for Reparations for Native Hawaiians, 16 HAW. B.
J. 13, 20-25 (Winter, 1981); Melody K. MacKenzie, Historical Background, in NATIVE
HAWAIIAN RIGHTS HANDBOOK 3 (Melody K. MacKenzie ed., 1991).
2 See infra notes 133-40 and accompanying text.

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