In 1991, NHLC published the Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook, a primer on the legal rights and public policy issues associated with Hawaiian land and traditional practices. The book grew out of a law school clinic that NHLC attorneys helped staff. The Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook is currently out of print but may be downloaded as a PDF (13.73 MB) here for a fee of $30.

Instructions:  After completing payment through PayPal, please click on the link to return to the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation website and download your PDF copy of the Handbook.  Please contact us at if you have any questions.  Mahalo nui!

Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook (NHRH001)

NHLC also co-published a Dictionary of Hawaiian Legal Land-Terms, a reference book of Hawaiian words and phrases found in documents from the turn of the century. The dictionary may be purchased at Native Books and Na Mea Hawaii. These publications are still relied upon by the courts as evidence of title to real property.


Native Hawaiian Law: A Treatise available NOW!

Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, and Kamehameha Publishing proudly announce the forthcoming publication of Native Hawaiian Law: A Treatise, the highly anticipated follow up to the seminal 1991 Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook. Native Hawaiian Law updates and expands on that earlier work, providing the definitive reference for understanding critical issues for Native Hawaiians.  Edited by Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie with Susan K. Serrano and D. Kapua'ala Sproat.

Click here to pre-order your copy from Kamehameha Publishing and to check out chapter previews available for e-readers!