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Kamehameha Schools get $1.4 million settlement

December 29, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Associated Press - A Kamehameha Schools lawsuit against an unidentified non-Native Hawaiian boy, his mother and their former attorney has been resolved with a $1.4 million settlement. Trustees for Kamehameha filed the lawsuit in 2008 in state Circuit Court in Hilo, saying that a lawyer representing the family had violated a confidentiality agreement by revealing the amount the school paid the family to settle a lawsuit over the school's admissions policy.

The private schools on O'ahu, Maui and Hawai'i Island give admissions preference to Native Hawaiians. Established in 1883, Kamehameha Schools is supported by a $6.2 billion trust endowed by the will of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The nonprofit trust educates Hawaiian children. Part of the group's mission is to counteract historical disadvantages Hawaiians face in employment, education and society. The boy and his mother sued in 2003, challenging Kamehameha Schools' preference for Native Hawaiian children, but settled in 2007. Their former attorney, John Goemans, told the media in 2007 that the school paid them $7 million, even though it was a confidential settlement.

Kamehameha then sued the family and another former attorney, Eric Grant. Goemans, who was not named in the lawsuit but was involved because he was part of the family's legal team, died in 2009.



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