#1 Jun 11, 2008
I read B.J. Reyes' article in the June 10, 2008, issue of the Honolulu Star Bulletin "29 other states oppose ruling on ceded lands." Unlike other states in the nation the State of Hawaii does not own the ceded lands. They are trustees (stewards)holding the lands in trust until claims of the people are settled. Until then, the State of Hawaii should not be allowed to transfer, sell, or trade any land in Hawaii. So, for once, I agree with the Hawaii Supreme Courts ruling. Furthermore, the State of Hawaii claims land that was awarded to private parties during the Land Commission in 1850's, which is now known as ceded lands. In my case the State claims to own land award to my kupuna's (ancestors) by the Land Commission in the 1850's. The courts have erroneous upheld the State/private parties claims even though I have provided evidence contrary to their assertions. Furthermore, my kupuna's lands were not part of the public domain when Hawaii became a State. Therefore, the United States of America could not have ceded these lands to the State. If the State can transfer lands before all claims are settled, then the real owners will be deprived of their Constitutional property rights. This is federal law, I think?
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