Section 6. The board of trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs shall exercise power as provided by law: to manage and administer the proceeds from the sale or other disposition of the lands, natural resources, minerals and income derived from whatever sources for native Hawaiians and Hawaiians, including all income and proceeds from that pro rata portion of the trust referred to in section 4 of this article for native Hawaiians; to formulate policy relating to affairs of native Hawaiians and Hawaiians; and to exercise control over real and personal property set aside by state, federal or private sources and transferred to the board for native Hawaiians and Hawaiians. The board shall have the power to exercise control over the Office of Hawaiian Affairs through its executive officer, the administrator of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, who shall be appointed by the board. [Add Const Con 1978 and election Nov 7, 1978]


Attorney General Opinions


Language expressly acknowledges the continued viability of the power to alienate ceded lands, first conferred upon State by 5(f) of Admission Act. Att. Gen. Op. 95-3.

Receipts derived from ceded lands apportioned for native Hawaiians pursuant to this section and 10-13.5 may be transmitted directly to office of Hawaiian affairs by agencies that collect them, without legislative appropriation. Att. Gen. Op. 03-4.


Law Journals and Reviews


Native Hawaiians, Self-Determination, and the Inadequacy of the State Land Trusts. 14 UH L. Rev. 519.

Native Hawaiian Entitlement to Sovereignty: An Overview. 17 UH L. Rev. 427.

Ensuring Our Future by Protecting Our Past: An Indigenous Reconciliation Approach to Improving Native Hawaiian Burial Protection. 33 UH L. Rev. 321 (2010).

The Crown Lands Trust: Who Were, Who Are, the Beneficiaries? 38 UH L. Rev. 213 (2016).

A Collective Memory of Injustice: Reclaiming Hawai`i's Crown Lands Trust in Response to Judge James S. Burns. 39 UH L. Rev. 481 (2017).

(Re)Righting History: Deconstructing the Court's Narrative of Hawai`i's Past. 39 UH L. Rev. 631 (2017).


Case Notes


Plaintiff challenging constitutionality of article XII, 5 and 6 of state constitution and chapter 10, lacked standing, where plaintiff had not suffered any injury-in-fact. 188 F. Supp. 2d 1233.



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