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Matsukawa discusses modern courts in Hawaii (May 13)


The Puana Ka Ike lecture by Kona attorney Mike Matsukawa has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, and moved from the Kahaluu II Ballroom to Kalanikai at the Keauhou Beach Resort.

Matsukawa’s presentation originally scheduled for March was postponed due to the tsunami.

He will discuss “Judicial Imprints in Hawaiian History” and the effect of the “modern” court system in displacing traditional native customs in Hawaii and creating a system that favored the foreigner.

In this context, Matsukawa offers explanations for post-Statehood court decisions that attempt to redeem and mitigate the losses sustained by natives, with a hope to achieve what Kauikeaouli, or Kamehameha III, might have desired for his people.

Matsukawa is a member of the Hawaii State Bar and a practicing attorney in Kailua-Kona for more than 35 years.

For more information on Matsukawa’s presentations, contact Joy Cunefare at 808-534-8528 or e-mail

For lecture schedules and webcasts of previous lectures, visit… and…

The Puana Ka Ike and Eia Hawaii lecture series are presented in partnership with Keauhou-Kahaluu Education Group of Kamehameha Schools, The Kohala Center, the Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and Keauhou Beach Resort.

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