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C. Hanabusa Presentation on HHCA "Awakens the Homesteaders Uhane!"
Tuesday, 17 April 2012

 

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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. 

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Historical "Fact or Not?"
Sunday, 18 March 2012

Waimanalo, Hawaii

In preparation for the upcoming Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Celebration at the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio Community Center a "trivia" is posted here to test your knowledge.  Fact or Not?

-  Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio was named for Prince Kuhio because of his legacy as serving in many capacities during his life.  The title on the marker located at WHHA differs from this one above.  Which is the correct spelling of the official title of the community center at WHHA?

-  Was Princess Elizabeth Kahanu ever the Chairwoman of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL)?  If so, when?

Yes.  Princess Elizabeth Kahanu Kaauwai-Kalanianaole became the first woman and the second person to chair the Department of Hawaiian Home Land.  She was appointed and re-appointed in 1925 and served until 1932.

-  Why did Prince Kuhio inherit Pualeilani estate?

 Prince Kuhio inherited Pualeilani from his aunt Queen Kapiolani upon her death.  Queen Kapiolani and Prince Kuhio's mother, Victoria Kekaulike Kinoiki are sisters.  Jonah and his two brothers were hanai by Queen Kapiolani and King Kalakaua. 

-  Where were the first homes lease awards located in Waimanalo?  Do they still exist today?

The first Hawaiian homestead leases awarded in Waimanalo are those homes located mauka across from the present-day Kaiona Beach Park from Makapuu to the corner of Ala Koa Street and Kalanianaole Highway.

-  Did Mrs. Blanche Pope ever lived in Waimanalo?  Where?

 Mrs. Blanche Pope lived in Waimanalo on or near the present Waimanalo Beach Park area.  Some say that her home was near the former park caretakers home Mr. and Mrs. George and Eleanor Mahoe just makai of the present Hale Wa'a.

-  What destroyed the old Waimanalo Intermediate School administration building? 

The old Waimanalo Intermediate School administration building was built of wood and included the library and several classrooms.  Fire destroyed the building one evening in which the flames could be seen as far away from homes on Poliala Street.

HHARP Invites Everyone to Preparedness Meeting - July 8th at 6:30 pm
Monday, 05 March 2012
 Waimanalo, O'ahu 
 
You're invited to attend our next HHARP (Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program) meeting.
It'll be next Wednesday, July 8th from 6:30pm-8pm at the Dining Facility of the National Guard's RTI at Bellows.
Enter via the main entrance (Tinker Road)....go about 2/10ths of a mile in, and it'll be on your left-hand side, at the turn in the road.

Our topics for the evening will be: 
1)  Hurricane and Flood from 6:30pm-7:45 pm
2)  LED Light Lei from 7:45pm-8pm (quick briefing for visibility awareness)

So mark your calendar and invite a family member, neighbor, or friend to attend with you. 
Remember, we are in Hurricane Season until November 30th, and it is predicted to be a busier season.

NOTE:  HHARP meetings in Waimanalo is on the 2nd Wednesday's of each month (same time and same location).
For August 12th, the topic will be "Tsunami" (there is a NEW Extreme Tsunami Map for coastal communities).
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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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DHHL Commission Submits Request to DOI
Friday, 04 November 2011

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 DHHL Commission Submitted a Resolution to DOI Requesting for Beneficiary Consultation

Urging the United States Department of the Interior to Consult with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the Beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act Regarding Proposed Rules 43 C.F.R. Parts 47 & 48

WHEREAS, the United States Congress adopted the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act and the Act became fully operative in 1921; and

WHEREAS, the Hawaii Statehood Admission Act created a compact between the State of Hawaii and the United States whereby the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act was adopted as a provision of the Hawaii State Constitution; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Admission Act, the administration of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act was transferred to the State of Hawaii provided that the consent of Congress was required only for amendments that reduced or impaired the Hawaiian home-loan fund, the Hawaiian home-operating fund, and the Hawaiian-home development fund, or increased certain encumbrances on Hawaiian Home Lands, or changed the qualifications of lessees; and

WHEREAS, since 1981, thirty-six amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act have received Congressional approval, five are pending in Congress, one is under review at the Department of the Interior, and five require submission to the Department of Interior; and

WHEREAS, the Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act (1995) more formally set forth a process by which the Secretary of the Interior is to review proposed amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act for a determination of whether Congressional approval is necessary under the Admission Act and provided an exhaustive list of the documentation required to be submitted by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; and

WHEREAS, the Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act also set forth, with sufficient detail, a process and criteria by which the Secretary of the Interior is to review proposed land exchanges involving Hawaiian Home Lands and approve or disapprove the exchange based solely upon an evaluation of whether the proposed transaction is beneficial to the parties of the exchange; and

WHEREAS, on May 12, 2015 the Department of the Interior published proposed rules, 43 C.F.R. parts 47 & 48, relating to the processes outlined in the Admission Act and the Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act for approval of amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act and proposed land exchanges; and

WHEREAS, the Hawaiian Homes Commission supports greater clarity in the oversight role of Department of the Interior, which can be achieved through administrative rules; and

WHEREAS, the Hawaiian Homes Commission is mindful of the authority granted the Secretary of the Interior by the Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act but is concerned that the proposed rules attempt to expand that authority beyond the boundaries that were set for appropriate oversight;

WHEREAS, the proposed rules impose significant additional administrative burden and cost on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; and WHEREAS, the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act continues to address the need of ensuring native Hawaiians have access to lands in Hawai‘i; and

WHEREAS, beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act have questions and concerns regarding the proposed rules and are asking the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for information and consultations to address those concerns;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Hawaiian Homes Commission urges the United States Department of the Interior to consult with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act regarding proposed rules 43 C.F.R. parts 47 & 48; and BE IT

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Hawaiian Homes Commission urges the Department of the Interior to stay within the confines of the oversight role granted in the Admission Act and the Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act, and not infringe upon the executive authority of the Hawaiian Homes Commission; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Hawaiian Homes Commission strongly urges the Department of the Interior to fulfill its contractual obligation under the Admission Act to make sure that the State of Hawaii faithfully executes its trust obligations to Hawaiian Homes Commission Act beneficiaries and to provide sufficient sums to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to fund the purposes set forth in Article XII Section 1 of the Hawaii State Constitution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Hawaiian Homes Commission urges the United States Department of the Interior to extend the public comment period beyond July 13, 2015 to allow for sufficient time for beneficiary comment and consultation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this Resolution be transmitted in its entirety to the United States Secretary of the Interior; members of the Hawaii Congressional Delegation; and the Honorable David Ige, Governor of the State of Hawaii. ADOPTED ON THIS 16th day of June 2015, at Kapolei, on the Island of Oahu, State of Hawaii, by the Hawaiian Homes Commission in Regular Meeting assembled.

Signed by DHHL Chairwoman and Members of the Hawaiian Homes Commission. 

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