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Native Hawaiian Identity, Rights and Policy Issues

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are often viewed together as one indistinguishable culture or ethnicity. Though inclusive, this categorization has the unintended consequence of obfuscating the distinct identity of the Native Hawaiian community and similar Pacific indigenous peoples. Much of the Native Hawaiian experience has been dominated by interactions with the United States and the relationship with settlers from Asia and Europe, resulting in a unique history that is rarely discussed thoroughly. This webinar explores the past, present, and future of the Native Hawaiian identity. Our panel discusses the status and realities of this community, along with measures to uplift the voices of Native Hawaiians in the Asian American and Pacific Islander activist movement.


  • Lenna M. Aoki, General Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Derek Kauanoe, Professor of Practice, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • David Kauila Kopper, Director of Litigation, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation


  • Makalika Naholowa'a, Chief of Staff to the General Counsel, Microsoft (Kanaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian)

Joint Sponsors: ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Human RightsABA Center for Public Interest LawABA Commission on Disability RightsABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & ResponsibilitiesABA Commission on Homelessness & PovertyABA Commission on ImmigrationABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the ProfessionABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender IdentityABA Commission on Women in the ProfessionABA Council for Diversity in the Educational PipelineABA Criminal Justice SectionABA Diversity and Inclusion CenterABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers DivisionABA International Law SectionABA Law Student DivisionABA Section of Environment, Energy, and ResourcesABA Section of State and Local Government LawABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, ABA Standing Committee on Public Education, ABA Young Lawyers Division


Transcript: Native Hawaiian Identity, Rights and Policy Issues

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