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Did the Great M?hele Do More Good Than Harm?

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Research that reframes our thoughts about one of the biggest events in Hawai?i's history is sparking conversations.

The Great M?hele of 1848 changed landownership laws in Hawai?i forever by allowing private ownership of land. The conventional understanding is the m?hele was key in native Hawaiians being dispossessed of land.

Geographer Donovan Preza uncovered information that departs from this storyline. His research argues the m?hele helped secure Hawaiian rights in land rather than destroy them.

Preza explains:

Next week, we’ll hear more from Preza on his research and challenging the academic status quo.

Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi is a general assignment reporter at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Her commitment to her Native Hawaiian community and her fluency in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi has led her to build a de facto ʻōiwi beat at the news station. Send your story ideas to her at khiraishi@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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