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Text Box: 2018 DHHL Puwalu, Statewide Homestead Leaderships together to wala’au

The DHHL 2018 Puwalu did meet its billing as the networking hub of our diverse Homestead populations all across Hawaii nei. There was time to speak with different leadership organizations and how they have

actively addressed similar

problem areas. A wealth of knowledge

was shared and will continually be shared through the relationship forged.

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PULEHUNUI: Important Financially to our Homestead and the Future of your Ohana that remains here in Waiehu Kou Phase #3. Educate yourself and don’t let this opportunity slip away, let DHHL know what you want. You are the Beneficiary of this TRUST, share your mana,o.

The potential of this opportunity is tremendous  and will have implications for our descendants that remain here on DHHL land far into the future. In order to realize the potential here, view map below and pay particular attention to the proposed land uses in the legend.

Please make the effort to get involved and take some time to invest in the future.      R. Oliveira

OHA Under

Financial Audit for Fraud

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DHHL Proposed Admin Rule Changes - Overview

Bill to lower blood quantum requirement for Hawaiian Homestead successors passes Legislature

The law identifies 1/32 Hawaiian as the new blood quantum in order to inherit land from a lessee who dies. But it does not change the 50 percent blood quantum required to apply for an original homeland lease. And the U.S. Congress must still “consent.”

Quantums begin

Prince Kuhio Kalanianaole tried to get the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act to say anyone with 1/32 Hawaiian ancestry or blood quantum would qualify for homeland. He began negotiating in Congress during the early 1900s — before statehood.

But as a delegate, he had no congressional vote.

He settled for a 50 percent blood quantum requirement to get a homeland lease, said Shane Nelsen of the Benefits and Trust Committee of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.

“A 1/32 blood quantum, when the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act was created, really meant that anyone who had any Hawaiian ancestry at all was Hawaiian,” said Jonathan Osorio, interim dean of the Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

“There were many Hawaiians displaced who lived in an urban setting and weren’t doing very well,” said William Aila, deputy director of the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Prince Kuhio recognized this, Aila said, and wanted to reconnect Native Hawaiians with the aina.

But blood quantums have been controversial.

“There are a lot of Hawaiians who believe this should not have ever been attached to the Homes Act,” Osorio said. “It was racist.”

Blood quantums, he said, make it increasingly difficult to inherit land access — land originally part of the Hawaiian Kingdom, taken by the U.S. government and then offered as leases, so Hawaiians had to prove blood quantums and essentially pay $1 per year to lease what was once theirs.

For generations, Hawaiian families have built sustainable lives on homeland properties, adding fruit trees, livestock, gardens and homes.

“Now, they’re being uprooted or even becoming homeless because of the blood quantum issue,” Nelsen said.

“In this modern day and age, if we were to take away the blood quantum issue, then it would be open for everyone,” Nelsen said. He has studied blood quantums and, to his knowledge, only one U.S. Native American tribe has the ability to “prove legacy rather than blood quantum.”

“I don’t look at it as a racial issue but as an indigenous-rights issue,” Nelsen said.

There is enough land for new leases, he said. But required government infrastructure such as water and sewer make progress slow for those on the waiting list.

“There’s so many different variables as to why people are still on the wait list,” Nelsen said. Some await pastoral land, for example. Others wait for a particular island. Or, maybe the land remains too far away from water, highway, sewer or power connections.

“In the meantime, we’re dealing with an economic, homelessness issue.”

A lessee’s words

Pat Kahawaiolaa, president of the Keaukaha Community Association, said he was born and raised on homeland.

The lease traveled from his father’s to his mother’s hands, when his dad died, and then to Kahawaiolaa’s when his mom died. His children are 50 percent Hawaiian and still qualify to lease — or inherit.

One of his sons has been on the wait list 30 years for his own homeland, Kahawaiolaa said.

Even if the governor approves the Legislature’s changes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, and Congress consents, the 1/32 requirement won’t help successors when there’s a family with five kids.

“If you have five children, if you die, only one of them is going to get it,” Kahawaiolaa said.


HILO — A proposal to change inheritance rules for Native Hawaiian homeland leases unanimously passed both houses of the Legislature.

The goal of HB 451 is to prevent generationally held homeland leases from being lost when elderly lessees die without qualified successors.

Previously, a lessee’s child or grandchild with a blood quantum less than 1/4 Hawaiian would be unable to inherit the lease. The lease would then return to the pool of properties available for people with 50 percent or more blood quantum seeking a new lease.

The bill also changes the description of potential inheritors from “husband, wife” to “spouse” to make the law fit the Supreme Court’s decision that same-gender couples can marry.

By JEFF HANSEL Hawaii Tribune-Herald

If signed into law by the governor, House Bill 451 changes inheritance rules from requiring 1/4 Hawaiian blood quantum to 1/32 in order to inherit a parent’s homeland lease.

Regents to consider revisions to proposed Maunakea administrative rules after public hearings


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