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

  • Update
    Aloha - We have been updating our website to include our recent court filings.  Please go to Important Documents to view the filings we have made this year.

     Please join us at the next court hearing.  There are a number of important issues that will be decided and we need your support!

     Next Court Date: Friday, September 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
         Courtroom 11
         4th Floor
         First Circuit Court
         777 Punchbowl Street
         Honolulu, Hawaii    96813
    Posted Aug 4, 2016, 8:10 PM by Vivien Akiyama
  • Update
    Aloha - For the past year, we have been compiling and reviewing approximately 4,000 application and award files to obtain evidence necessary to compute damages for the Waiting List Subclass members.

    This has been a long and detailed process and we appreciate your patience as we continue to work toward a resolution of your case.

    We will be updating our website in the next few weeks to include all of the pleadings filed in the last several months.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Posted Jun 27, 2016, 5:27 PM by Vivien Akiyama
  • Results of June 30, 2015 9:30 a.m. Hearing
    Plaintiffs' motion for partial summary judgment was heard by Judge Virginia Crandall on June 30, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.  The Court hearing lasted over two hours.

    A copy of the motion is located on the Important Documents page or you can click here.

    The motion for summary judgment involved decision-making for twelve individual Waiting List Subclass members.  The most important issues raised by the motion were as follows:

    1)    Establishing the application and award dates for the twelve Subclass Members.

    2)    Deciding whether an orientation letter sent to beneficiaries for homestead offerings cut off damages if the beneficiary does not respond or participate in the offering.

    Plaintiffs argued that the orientation letters were not "offers" of actual homesteads because they were simply notices of potential homesteads available to financially qualified beneficiaries.  Defendants argued that the sending of the orientation should stop damages if the beneficiary failed to participate in the application process.

    The Court rejected both Plaintiffs and Defendants arguments and instead ruled that the orientation letters suspend damages from the mailing of the deferral letter until the first homestead lease is signed for that offering.

    The Court also rule that Native Hawaiian Qualification (NHQ) can be established at any time during the class period.

    As of September 11, 2015, Plaintiffs and Defendants are attempting to reach agreement on an order conforming to the judge's verbal ruling.

    A copy of the transcript containing the judge's ruling is available here.https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxTdYPR6vv8SZDZpVjNmbS1wM0U/view?usp=sharing

    Posted Sep 11, 2015, 5:50 PM by Vivien Akiyama
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