There are questions arising about landownership in Hawaii going back to the transition between the Kingdom of Hawaii and the Republic of Hawaii along with the eventual annexation as a US Territory.
There are many of native Hawaiian ancestry who hold that there was a usurpation of property rights held by their families.
Such property were lawfully held under the Hawaiian Kingdom but did not transfer as clear title into subsequent governments and as such were unlawful alienated (sold or seized).
To properly examine and adjudicated, after a century or more, such events could only be done, if possible, by a vigorous and independent entity such as a Native Hawaiian Corporation.
One way to convince a judge or jury of wrong doing would be to refer to the foundational documents of the US system of government and its strong emphasis of clear title property rights as the corner stone of Americas prosperity and her citizens inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.
Its easy to demonstrate that the Republic of Hawaii was established and buttressed by the military and economic power of the United States. This brings into question the conduct of those in the Republic, and the continental United States, who knowingly misused that relationship to enrich themselves at the expense of established native Hawaiian property owners.
The American system is based on the ability to buy, sell and develop property all which is only possible under the rule of law.
We can see in the years following the overthrow and annexation an almost feudal system of land ownership develop featuring vast private holding which were deeded from generation to generation much like royal estates. This distortion in Hawaii’s economic, political and cultural development is still felt to this day even as these estates are being liquidated or reorganized as corporate entities.
Only under the American system of justice, and using the economic power of a native Hawaiian Corporation coupled with a renewed sense of Hawaiian statecraft, can these issues be addressed with an eye towards the greatest common good.