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Native Hawaiian Issues, 1972 - 1985

Identifier: MANUSCRIPT HCPC00011

Material in this series documents legislation affecting Native Hawaiian communities, as well as related legislation, such as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Subjects covered include the administration of Hawaiian home lands, jurisdiction of state and federal courts, the status of Native Hawaiians, the needs of the Native Hawaiian population in Hawai‘i, and attempts to obtain reparations for Native Hawaiians.

Material includes correspondence, reference material, legislation, public testimony, news clippings, studies, and constituent correspondence. There is some overlap between subseries, particularly Hawai‘i Land Claims, Native Hawaiian Claims, and Native Hawaiians Study Commission.


  • Majority of material found within 1972 - 1985

Conditions Governing Access

Access restrictions apply to certain records in the papers that have been determined to contain sensitive personal or government information. Series assessed to contain sensitive information will remain closed until 2028 with the exception of Constituent Services Case Work, which contains high levels of personal identifiable information. Constituent Services Case Work will be available to requesting individuals upon review and approval of the archivist or librarian managing the Property. Individual files or records assessed to contain sensitive information may also carry restrictions. Series assessed with medium risk may be made available to the researcher after the files are reviewed for sensitive information or formats. Series assessed to be of low risk of disclosing sensitive information may be open and available to researchers.

Low risk: The following series pose little risk of revealing sensitive information and could be made available to the public with little harm: Administrative Files, Campaign Files, Constituent Services(Correspondence and Projects), House Records, Kaho’olawe, Native Hawaiian Issues, Japanese Latin American Internment, Personal, Political Affairs, Speeches, Scheduling Files, Medal of Honor, Legislative Files, Photographs, Public Relations, Books, and Subject Files.

Medium risk: ABSCAM, Staff Files, Born-Digital (format-based), Microfilm.

Series with sensitive information: Constituent Services (Case Work), Watergate, Iran-Contra, and subseries containing records related to military and defense appropriations.

The Hawaiʻi Congressional Papers Collection is accessible in the University Archives and Manuscripts Department's John Troup Moir, Jr., and Gertrude M.F. Moir Archives Reading Room. For more information, please contact the Congressional Papers Archivist by email:, or phone: 808-956-6047.


7.3 Linear Feet (17 archives document boxes, 1 archival half document box)


The Native Hawaiian series, bulk dates 1972-1985, Much of the material wasn’t in folders with the records in no particular order. The Archives staff had to impose order on the collection, although where possible original order was maintained. The subseries that were created was based on the few folders with labels and specific topics of interest, like healthcare and education, Hawaiian organizations as well as Hawaiian politicians, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Hawaiian Homes Commission. The four subseries “Hawaiian Land Claims”, “Native Hawaiian Claims”, “Native Hawaiians Study Commission” and “Reference Material” were the only organizational structures apparent. The sub-subseries were based upon instances where material was filed under a certain theme. Unlabeled material was assigned to appropriate subseries by the Archives staff.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Libraries Repository