Information for Class Members

This notice is for class members in the Kalima v. State lawsuit. Class members are “All persons who filed

claims with the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust, Individual Claims Review Panel on or before August 31, 1995.”

Aloha,

On June 6, 2022, the First Circuit Court granted preliminary approval for a Class Action Settlement in the Kalima v. State lawsuit. If you are a class member, you will be receiving written information in the coming weeks.

Payment will be computed by a Claims Administrator under the direction of a Settlement Special Master, who will present them to the Court for approval.

Class members who do not opt-out and pursue their own lawsuit will receive a formal notice of settlement payment and can accept the payment or file objections with the judge.

WHO IS PART OF THIS LAWSUIT:

The class members for this settlement are “All persons who filed claims with the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust, Individual Claims Review Panel on or before August 31, 1995.”

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS ARE NOT PART OF THIS SETTLEMENT AND WILL NOT RECEIVE A SETTLEMENT PAYMENT:

1) Individuals who did not file a claim with the Panel on or before August 31, 1995.

2) Individuals who filed a timely claim with the Panel but the claim did not assert an individual breach of trust which occurred between August 21, 1959, and June 30, 1988.

3) Individuals who filed a timely claim with the Panel but the claim asserted an individual breach of trust that occurred after June 30, 1988.

4) Individuals who filed a timely claim with the Panel but the claim was not a valid HRS Chapter 674 claim.

5) Individuals who filed a timely claim with the Panel but settled their claim.

6) Individuals who opted out of the Lawsuit in response to the 2007 class notice.

7) Individuals who opted out of the Lawsuit in response to the 2012 class notice.

8) Individuals who opt-out of the Settlement Class and this Settlement by sending a valid and timely Opt-Out Letter to the Claims Administrator.

Do I have to do anything right now?

If you are a class member, you do not have to take any action at this time for your claim to be considered.

How Do I Update My Contact Information?

Click here to update your contact information. You may also call (808) 650-5551 or 1-833-639-1308.

Am I being represented in the settlement process?

Class counsel will represent class members in the Waiting List settlement process. Your claim will be presented based upon the written claim and evidence you submitted to the Panel. If more information is needed, someone will contact you.

What communications can I expect to receive regarding the Kalima Lawsuit?

You may receive official mail from the Claims Administrator. All letters will reference the Kalima lawsuit or Kalima Claims Administration in the return address.

If you are requested to submit information on your claim, please do so promptly.

You will not be asked for personal financial information, such as information about your bank account or assets.

How do I find out about the status of my claim?

Notice will be sent to you once your claim has been referred to the Claims Administrator and validated.

I’m elderly. If I die or can't make decisions, will I lose my claim?

You can designate a person who can make decisions about your claim if you become unable to do so or pass before your claim is resolved. Click Here for an Assignment of Expectancy form.

It will take you to a page that has a form you can use to designate someone to make decisions about your claims if you cannot or if you pass before they are resolved by the court. IT IS NOT A WILL. It will allow the person you designate to make decisions about settling your claim in court. IT DOES NOT DESIGNATE WHO WILL RECEIVE YOUR AWARD.

How do I contact you?

Please go to the Contact Us page on this website and fill out the form with your question. You may also call (808) 650-5551 or 1-(833)-639-1308.