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Man sues to use DNA as proof he's Native Hawaiian

HONOLULU (AP) - A man wants to use DNA to prove his Native Hawaiian ancestry so that he can qualify for Hawaiian homelands.

His lawsuit says Leighton Pang Kee was adopted and that his birth certificate doesn't list his biological father.

Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. attorney Camille Kalama said Wednesday DNA has established his ancestry.

She says the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands doesn't have a clear policy for proving genealogy.

To qualify for homestead land, an applicant must prove 50% Native Hawaiian ancestry. The department allows for birth certificates and other documents such as marriage and death certificates, but Kalama says that's difficult for those who may have been born out of wedlock and whose birth certificates don't list a father's name.

The department didn't immediately comment on the lawsuit.

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