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Yuan Shu, Otto Heim, and Kendall Johnson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455775

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455775.001.0001

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Land, History, and the Law

Land, History, and the Law

Constituting the “Public” through Environmentalism and Annexation

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Oceanic Archives, Indigenous Epistemologies, and Transpacific American Studies

Susan Y. Najita

Hong Kong University Press

This essay examines the history of land acquisition in creating Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park during the period after the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and the annexation of the islands to the United States. Its specific focus are the land condemnations and exchanges that went into creating what is known as the Kalapana Extension, an area of active lava flows along the area known as the East Rift Zone. I examine the implications of this history for our understanding of "the public" and conservation’s best legal principal, the public trust doctrine.

Keywords:   colonialism, public trust, conservation, national parks--Hawai‘i, settler colonialism

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