State to settle historic Kalima case for $328 millionPosted on May 31, 2022 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main
The state is prepared to settle a landmark class-action lawsuit filed more than 20 years ago by native Hawaiians waiting for homestead land leases. Under the settlement for Kalima v. State of Hawaii involving some 2,700 plaintiffs, the state will pay $328 million in exchange for a full, global release of all claims. The $328 million payment will also cover claims, administration costs and the cost to retain a court-appointed Special Master to oversee and account for the funds. “This necessary resolution fairly compensates the Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries and brings this litigation to a close, but it is not the end of the story. I remain committed to developing and delivering homes for the Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries,” said Governor Ige. The plaintiffs’ attorneys have established an informational telephone hotline. Class members with questions regarding the details of the settlement should call (808) 650-5551 and 1-833-639-1308 or email [email protected].