This film plays with the short film NĀ HULU LEHUA: THE ROYAL CLOAK & HELMET OF KALANIʻŌPUʻU.
JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED tells of the ongoing struggle to ensure that the State of Hawaiʻi fulfills its commitments to the Native Hawaiian people stemming from the loss of their ancestral lands. The film describes the deep connection between Native Hawaiians and their ancestral lands, and how a portion of these lands were seized from the Hawaiian Kingdom after the overthrow in 1893 and placed in what is today called the Public Land Trust. The state administers this trust and is legally required to provide a portion of revenues from the trust to Native Hawaiians.
Through compelling interviews with former Hawaiʻi Gov. John Waiheʻe III, Office of Hawaiian Affairs officials and Native Hawaiian advocates, JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED details the longstanding and complex efforts to ensure that the state fairly pays Native Hawaiians; documents the current shortfall in payments to Native Hawaiians; and shows how Native Hawaiians and their communities would benefit if they received appropriate funding from their ancestral lands.
In the simplest of terms, the film asks how do we make it right?