Native Hawaiian Law is a brilliant compendium of Kanaka Maoli scholars, and their supporters, discussing the most important legal issues of our time. Every law addressing Native Hawaiian rights is in this 1400 page tome, from Hawaiian trust lands and sovereignty, to Hawaiian management of water, Konohiki fishing, fishponds, and ocean resources.  It includes traditional and customary access and gathering rights, religious practices, burials, international law, Hawaiian language, education, and health. No doubt this book will rapidly become the key resource for Native Hawaiian advocates everywhere, empowering Hawaiian identity and ancestral wisdom….Simply riveting!

Lilikalā Kame‘eleihiwa
Senior Professor and Director
Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa


This is an amazing work!  It stands alone in examining and synthesizing the diverse areas of law that impact Native Hawaiians including the protection of natural and cultural resources, the preservation of traditional and customary rights, the right to self-determination, and native identity. It is an outstanding resource, thoroughly researched and well documented, and lays crucial groundwork for the comparative development of indigenous peoples’ law.

Matthew L.M. Fletcher
Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center
Michigan State University


Every lawyer who represents clients in Hawai‘i must have this book.  Native Hawaiian law is pervasive in our lives, and this rigorous and even-handed survey of a complex area of law is an invaluable resource.  The editors and authors have done a great service to the people of Hawai‘i by creating this treatise.  Maika‘i  ka hana.

Paul Alston
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Lawyers, a Law Corporation


Native Hawaiian Law represents a significant scholarly achievement because of its exceptional research, logical organization, and excellent legal analysis.…This comprehensive treatise stands alone in its unique coverage of legal issues important not only to Native Hawaiians, but to indigenous peoples worldwide.  Its remarkable scope and depth makes this an essential addition to the growing body of knowledge on indigenous peoples’ law.

Rebecca Tsosie
Regent’s Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement
Arizona State University


Native Hawaiian Law: A Treatise demystifies the many ways in which Hawai‘i and the relationship of Native Hawaiians to this ‘āina differs from other continental states. This examination chronicles the many changes that have affected Native Hawaiians and other citizens in the evolution of Hawaiʻi as a nation, reviews the changes that resulted when Hawaiʻi was deprived of its independence and became incorporated into the United States, and brings its readers up to date on the most recent developments affecting the lives and political status of both Natives and other residents of the state.

Carlos Andrade
Associate Professor
Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa