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C. Hanabusa Presentation on HHCA "Awakens the Homesteaders Uhane!"

 

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                             The Presentation on Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920

                                  Awakens the 'uhane Within the Hawaiian Homesteaders

Waimanalo, Hawaii.

The scheduled presentation by former U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa presented a "fantastic and awesome" overview and histroical perspective of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, (HHCA).  The two-hour session included a 30 minute questions session and allowed individuals to comment, voice and add to the discussion to better understand the entire presentation.

Ms. Hanabusa pointed out that the entitled presentation, "What we forgot... lend itself to the facts that homesteaders were and currently are familiar with the HHCA; however, "hey may have forgotten some of its important historical and legislative facts,' added Ms. Hanabusa.

For example, during the introduction of the HHCA at the U.S. Congressional level, Prince Kuhio encountered challenges from Hawaii from primarily two large businesses who had the highest risk of losing land as a result of the passage of the HHCA.  Today, one of these remain a large ranching operations.

More importantly, the definition of t he "beneficiaries" as defined in the HHCA are the most significant section of this legislation as those lessees, applicants, and waiting list applicants which the Act was passed to "rehabilitate" the native Hawaiian race.

Throughout the two-hour discussion attended by homesteaders from Waimanalo, Nanakuli, Papakolea, Upcountry Maui and Molokai were attentively listening to the historical recount provided by Ms. Hanabusa.

"We joined AINA ins providing these educational discussions especially for the benefit of the homesteaders to know the history of the HHCA, the challenges encountered at the beginning, currently and more than likely in the future," commented WHHA President Kamakana Aquino.

Those attending this session in cluded Uncle Black Ho'ohuli, President, Ahupua'a o Nanakuli Homestead (AoNH), Sam Kealoha, Molokai'i and Hinano from Upcountry Maui along with others from Waimanalo, Papakolea and visitors.

Colleen Hanabusa will continue her discussions and presentation scheduled for July 7, 2015 at Anahola, Kauai at the Anahola Clubhouse beginning at 5:00 pm.

 The event is FREE and open to the public. 

Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) General Membership Meeting New Start Time at 7:00 pm

Waimanalo, Hawaii.  The Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) General Membership monthly meeting start time will change effective Monday, July 6th with its meeting to begin at 7:00 p.m.

"This change was made to align with the monthly WHHA Board meeting while also meeting the needs of the homestead residents and allowing more time for discussion and resolving issues", explained WHHA President Kamakana Aquino.

In addition, WHHA is working diligently in furthering its partnerships and relationships with its valued supporters who have provided information, technical skills and knowledge to existing and future projects.

All WHHA General Membership meetings are held at Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio Community Center either in the Boardroom or Halau hall. 

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