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OHA Seeks Public Input...
Monday, 05 March 2012
Honolulu, O'ahu 
 

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is seeking responses to an anonymous 5-question survey to provide its Board of Trustees helpful information for the Board's Thursday (4/30) meeting on the planned Mauna Kea thirty-meter telescope.

 The survey asks participants about how possible OHA stances on the planned Mauna Kea thirty-meter telescope affects their views regarding OHA's efforts to fulfill its mission to improve the conditions of Native Hawaiians.

 The survey is not intended to be a scientific poll. The survey results will serve only as a general indicator of people's views for the OHA Board's consideration.

 Please share this link with others: www.oha.org/maunakea. Or click here to go directly to the survey. The survey will allow only one response per computer. 

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U. S. Department of Interior Rulemaking Proposals Seeks Comments
Tuesday, 08 November 2011

 Waimanalo, Hawaii

(Reprinted from Ka Nuhou Assn of Hawaiian Civic Club Electronic Newsletter). 

 U.S. Department of the Interior Rulemaking on Hawaiian Home Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department is seeking comments on proposed Federal rules that seek to clarify how we review land exchanges involving Hawaiian home lands and amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act proposed by the State of Hawai‘i.

 

The State of Hawai‘i, beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust, the Native Hawaiian Community, and the general public are invited to comment on the proposed rules which will be available for official comment beginning Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at www.regulations.gov

 

The draft proposed rules are available for review now at http://www.doi.gov/ohr/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=1158567.  
 

The public comment period for these proposed rules will last 60 days from the date of publication.  If the Department ultimately decides to issue a final rule it could be published within six months of the publication of the proposed rules.

 

COMMENTS DUE: July 10, 2015

 

BACKGROUND + DEPARTMENTAL STATEMENT

The health and strength of the Hawaiian Home Land Trust and the beneficiaries is among the top priorities for the U.S. Department of the Interior. We are optimistic that with input from beneficiaries, the Native Hawaiian Community, the State of Hawai‘i and others, that we can put an effective process in place that will serve the beneficiaries on and off the land. The Department seeks to do this by providing clarity about how we review land exchanges and amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, and also providing the State of Hawai‘i and the Department a clear path for how to work together in protecting the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust.

 

The proposed rules we’re issuing in the coming days seek to clarify the Federal Government’s responsibilities in helping to ensure the management of the Home Lands Trust occurs in a fair, transparent, and sustainable manner.

 

“The Department of the Interior takes our responsibilities for the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust and its beneficiaries ​ seriously,” said Kris Sarri, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management, and Budget at the U.S. Department of the Interior. “is the Trust is vital to the health and strength of the Native Hawaiian Community, and especially to the beneficiaries who live on the lands or are on the waiting list for a homestead lease. That's why thDepartment today is proposing rules for public comment that seek to clarify the process it undertakes to review land exchanges involving Hawaiian home lands and amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act proposed by the State of Hawaii.”

 

The proposed rules 43 C.F.R. parts 47 & 48 seeks to deal with two specific Departmental responsibilities.  They are the Department’s review of (1) proposed land exchanges involving trust lands and (2) amendments (proposed by the State of Hawai‘i) to the HHCA. The processes outlined in both parts 47 & 48 seek to build upon past experiences and success working with beneficiaries and the State (e.g., Statewide consultation efforts between 2007-2012 by the Department to obtain input on potential land exchanges and amendments to the HHCA) to protect the Trust.

 

Part 47 seeks to clarify for the State and the beneficiaries the Department of the Interior’s land exchange review process when Hawaiian home lands are involved, the documents the Department will use for the review, and the standards to be used in that review.

·       Seeks to ensure that certain Federal laws are appropriately applied in land exchanges, including: NEPA, National Historic Preservation Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

·        Seeks to ensure appraisals of properties involved in a Hawaiian Home Lands Trust land exchange meet Federal standards and that all parties can be confident in the results of the appraisals.

·       Seeks to ensure all land exchanges involving Hawaiian home lands are reviewed with the primary goal of protecting the interest of the Trust and its beneficiaries.

 

Part 48 seeks to clarify for the State and the beneficiaries the steps the Department will take to review proposed amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act and the standards to be used in that review.

·        By utilizing this rule, everyone can have confidence that our reviews will be fair, in compliance with all applicable Federal laws and completed with the primary goal of protecting the interests of the Trust and its beneficiaries.

 

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Are you registered on the Department of the Interior’s Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) Notification List?  Register with the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations today.  Obtain a sample registration form at www.doi.gov/ohr/nativehawaiians/list.cfm or by contacting the Office below. 

 
The NHO Notification List is used by federal, state, and county agencies, as well as private entities, to consult with Native Hawaiian Organizations pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and other laws.  The Office of Native Hawaiian Relations also distributes Federal notices and information of interest to the NHO Notification List.  
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WHHA Elections Completed!
Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Waimanalo, Hawaii 

At the monthly May 2015 meeting of the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) General Membership at Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio Community Center, the new Executive officers and its Directors were elected.  Their official term begins on July 1, 2015.

N. Kilauea Wilson, President

Apela "Squeaky" Peahi, Vice President

Moana Akana, Secretary

Remy "Kapua" Keliihoomalu, Treasurer

Roxanne Hanawahine, Director

Joseph Aipa, Director

    Kamakana Aquino, Director 

 

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DHHL Jobie Masagatani - Bill Aila as DHHL Deputy Confirmed by State Senate
Saturday, 21 February 2009
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Waimanalo, Hawaii.
 
Despite the challenges and concerns, Jobie and Bill were both confirmed as the DHHL Director and Deputy Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to serve under Governor David Ige administration for the next four years.
 
The recent DHHL Community meeting was held on Monday, March 16th at the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association - Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio Community Center amidst a strong gathering of Hawaiian homesteaders.  Included were some waiting list applicants who had voiced their opinions and observations concerning the operations of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).  
 
Bill Aila and Jobie Masagatani met individually with each of the concerned applicants after the major portions of the meeting were completed.
 
WHHA President Kamakana Aquino provided an over of the Associations work during the past and the exciting news of the nearly completed CTEEC build which will be dedicated in a ceremony on Monday, March 23, 2015.
 
Prior to the community-wide meeting, dinner was prepared and served by WHHA.
 
Below are previous press releases with the announcement by Gov. Ige of his choice to lead DHHL. 
 
GOVERNOR IGE APPOINTS DCCA, DOA, DHHL LEADERSHIP
Posted on Dec 26, 2014 in Latest NewsNewsroomPress Releases

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige today announced the appointment of five members of his Cabinet.

“All of these appointees display a leadership style that will move Hawaii forward for the benefit of the public interest,” said Gov. Ige. “There is hard work to be done and together we will address the issues facing our state in a direct and forthright manner.”

 Jobie Masagatani will be retained as chair of the Hawaiian Homes Commission and director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL). Masagatani previously served as deputy director at DHHL from 1995 to 2002 and as director since 2012. Additionally, Masagatani was the special assistant to the CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), an assistant to the president and CEO of The Queen’s Health Systems, where she focused on Native Hawaiian health, and a land investment analyst for Kamehameha Schools.

Serving as deputy to Masagatani will be William Aila Jr. The former chair of the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) and head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) planned and directed the various activities of the department encompassing public lands of the State; water resources and minerals thereon; forest, fish and game resources of the State; and management of the forest reserve, state parks, small boat harbors, and historic sites. Aila was integral to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) decision to hold its 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Hawaii.

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Congratulations to All Graduates!
Wednesday, 05 November 2008
 

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Waimanalo, Hawaii

Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) and Na Kuhio 'Ike (NKI) along with its general mebmbership would like to extend our congratulations and acknowledge all of the hard work our graduates have done during the past years.

"We recognize and acknowledge the dedication and work both in the classroom and community and wish them all our very best for a successful future,"  commented WHHA President Kamakana Aquino.

Congratulations to our collegiate students who received their diploma's earlier during the month. 

Welcome to the new internet home of the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homestead Association.  Take a look around to see all the on-line resources you have access to.
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