In 1957, Jon Chinen wrote, "The Great Mahele is still surrounded by confusion and misunderstanding."  In 2019, this sentiment still echoes true

Allodial Title: Who Owned the Crown Lands?

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  • Start: Feb 20 2019 17:30
  • Finish: Feb 20 2019 18:30
  • Time zone: Pacific/Honolulu
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     In 1957, Jon Chinen wrote, "The Great Mahele is still surrounded by confusion and misunderstanding."  In 2019, this sentiment still echoes true because of a continued misunderstanding of terminological definition and a miscontextualization of Hawaiian land law in the 19th Century.  Recent attempts to address historical injustices related to Hawaiian land, and more specifically the Crown Lands, have been resurfacing in the news over the past couple of years.  These arguments are focused on Hawaiian land terminology such as "allodial", "freehold", "fee-simple", etc.  This talk will attempt to define these terms and will go on to explain how the Republic of Hawaii "transmuted" private property (the Crown Lands) into government property (the Public Lands) without compensation.      Donovan Preza is a Hawaiian Studies Instructor at Kapiʻolani Community College.  His research interests include the Mahele of 1848 and Hawaiʻi's transition to private property.  His MA Thesis The Empirical Writes Back: Re-examining Hawaiian Dispossession Resulting from the Mahele of 1848 argued that overthrow of Hawaiian governance, rather than the creation of private property, was the cause for Hawaiian's loss of land in the 20th century.   Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 19, 2019 or call 539-4999 if you require accommodation for disability.

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