Kalima, et al. v. State of Hawai‘i

Civil No. 99-4771-12, First Circuit Court, State of Hawai'i

Welcome to the informational website for the Kalima v. State of Hawai‘i class action lawsuit. 

This case was filed in 1999 on behalf of the 2,700 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (HHCA) beneficiaries who filed claims with the Native Hawaiian Claims Panel ("HCO Panel") between 1991 and 1995.  Only those people who filed claims with the HCO Panel between 1991 and 1995 are a part of this lawsuit.  More information can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have a potential lawsuit involving other Native Hawaiian issues, please call the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation at (808) 521-2302.

Recent Announcements


    State Appeals Court Judgment 


    The State of Hawai’i has filed a Notice of Appeal of the Circuit Court’s January 9, 2018 Judgment in favor of the Waiting List Subclass.  The State contends that it did not breach its trust obligations to Plaintiffs and should not be liable for damages.  Read the State’s Civil Appeal Docketing Statement for more information on the State’s position. 


     Plaintiffs’ will be filing a Notice of Cross-Appeal by February 20, 2018.  


    During the appeal, the Circuit Court has directed Defendants and Plaintiffs to meet and confer to establish the application, award and NHQ for all class members.   

    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 5:21 PM by Vivien Akiyama

    Circuit Court Enters Judgment in Favor of Waiting List Subclass 


    Judge Virginia Lea Crandall entered Final Judgment on January 9, 2018 in favor of the Waiting List Subclass.  Final Judgment means that Plaintiffs have prevailed in the case, subject to any appeal taken by the State of Hawai'i or Plaintiffs. 

    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 3:58 PM by Vivien Akiyama

    Circuit Court Establishes Special Master and Claims Administration Process for All Class Members 


    Judge Virginia Lea Crandall has granted Plaintiffs’ motions to establish a Special Master and Claims Administration Process for final computation of damages for all Class Members.  The Special Master will compute individual damages for the Waiting List Subclass based upon application and award date.  The Special Master will also oversee a separate process to evaluate all non-Waiting List Subclass claims.  July 26, 2017 Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion to Establish Claims Process to Resolve All Claims.

    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 3:55 PM by Vivien Akiyama
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