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Ask NHLC: How do courts decide what words in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i mean?

Interpreting the meaning of language is central to the work of all courts in all parts of the world. Whether it be words used by governments in laws, orders, and rules; words used by parties when making agreements, or words used to show the mental state and intent of ...

Ask NHLC: What are the legal rules for using Hawaiian names in business?

What are the legal rules for using Hawaiian names in business? Can businesses that are not Hawaiian own Hawaiian names? Can businesses that use Hawaiian names stop Hawaiians from using those Hawaiian words? By Makalika Naholowaa, Executive Director Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation State and federal law allow businesses ...

November 8, 2023|Categories: Ask NHLC, Intellectual and Cultural Property|Tags: |

Ask NHLC: Questions about FEMA Aid

UPDATE: The deadline to register for FEMA aid mentioned has been further extended from November 9, 2023 to December 9, 2023. By Kirsha K.M. Durante, NHLC Litigation Director Families affected by the Maui wildfires are still in the early stages of grief and recovery. The road to healing and ...

November 8, 2023|Categories: Ask NHLC, Disaster Recovery|Tags: |

1st Meeting of Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) Since Maui Wildfires

On September 19, 2023, the Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) held its first meeting following Maui’s wildfires, the governor’s temporary suspension of the water code, and the controversial “redeployment” of CWRM’s Deputy Director Kaleo Manuel following an August 8, 2023 request by West Maui Land Co. to ...

September 22, 2023|Categories: Access Rights, Traditional Practices, Water Rights|
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