Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Van Dyke: Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawaii

I'm looking forward to reading Jon Van Dyke's "Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawaii."  Here's the description from the University of Hawaii press:


The 1846 Mahele (division) transformed the lands of Hawai‘i from a shared value into private property, but left many issues unresolved. Kauikeaouli (Kamehameha III) agreed to the Mahele, which divided all land among the mô‘î (king), the ali‘i (chiefs), and the maka‘âînana (commoners), in the hopes of keeping the lands in Hawaiian hands even if a foreign power claimed sovereignty over the Islands. The king’s share was further divided into Government and Crown Lands, the latter managed personally by the ruler until a court decision in 1864 and a statute passed in 1865 declared that they could no longer be bought or sold by the mô‘î and should be maintained intact for future monarchs. After the illegal overthrow of the monarchy in 1893, Government and Crown Lands were joined together, and after annexation in 1898 they were managed as a public trust by the United States. At statehood in 1959, all but 373,720 acres of Government and Crown Lands were transferred to the State of Hawai‘i. The legal status of Crown Lands remains controversial and misunderstood to this day.

Here's the link to additional information about the book.

Rose Cuison Villazor

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Rose--thanks for mentioning this important book. I, too, am looking forward to reading it.

Posted by: Al | Dec 5, 2007 10:30:34 AM

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