Kuleana Act of 1850 (Hawaii)

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Kuleana is a Hawaiian word, defined in the Hawaii Electronic Library as a "Right, privilege, concern, responsibility, title, business, property, estate, portion, jurisdiction, authority, liability, interest, claim, ownership, tenure, affair, province; reason, cause, function, justification; small piece of property, as within an ahupuaʻa; blood relative through whom a relationship to less close relatives is traced, as to in-laws." [1]

The Kuleana Act of 1850[edit]

The Kuleana Act of 1850, proposed by the King in Privy Council passed by the Hawaii legislature created a system for private land ownership in seven parts.[2] Section 1 recognized ownership of government plots occupied and improved by families. Section 2 expanded title to other types of land. Section 3 defined land boundaries and the ability to exchange portions of land. Section 4 established a system for the Hawaiian government to distribute larger parcels of land. Section 5 established the largest size of family owned lots. Section 6 attempted to distinguish between cultivated and waste lands. Section 7 established access to roads, water sources, and other natural resources.

Recent Controversies[edit]

Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg came under scrutiny in 2017 when he attempted to integrate property titles established by the Kuleana Act into a 700 acre estate he intended to assemble in Hawaii using quiet title lawsuits to establish the ownership of ambiguously-titled parcels of land.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nā Puke Wehewehe ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi" [Hawaii Electronic Library]. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  2. ^ "The Kuleana Act of 1850". Hawaii State Archives, DLNR, 2–4. Hoakalei Cultural Foundation. Retrieved 2017-01-28. The Kuleana Act remains the foundation of law pertaining to native tenant rights.
  3. ^ Uria, Daniel (2017-01-28). "Mark Zuckerberg drops property lawsuits to force sale of Hawaiian lands". United Press International. United Press International. Retrieved 2017-01-28.

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