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Hanabusa Presentation Continues at Kailapa, Hawaii Island and UH Maui College
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.

During the weekend of July 25-26, 20156; Colleen Hanabusa continued her "Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 - What Have We Forgotten" before gathered families and an assembly of 200 attendees!

The involvement of Ms. Maka'ala Kalilikane and her husband in the Kailapa Hawaiian homestead community also brought the concerns of the recent DOI proposed rules. Maka'ala had  attended the 2015 Community Development and Financing Conference held at Windward Community College sponsored in collaboration with Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA), Na Kuhio 'Ike (NKI), Pacific Growth Associates (PGA) and Auamo I Na Alaka'i (AINA).  

Ms. Hanabusa had prepared and presented a workshop focused on the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (HHCA) and taking the title above as her main focus.  

"I was asked by Paul Richards to speak on the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 and understood the reason behind it; however, after I explained the title and the intent, we both agreed!  Look where it has brought us to!"  Exclaimed Colleen and Paul.

On Hawaii Island, the Kawaihae Hawaiian homestead community of Kailapa and its involvement of the Kalilikane ohana led to a gathering of families and appreciation for the extension of knowledge gained as a result of the presentation.  "I could see the expression of amazement on everyone's face as Colleen spoke.  They were really grateful for the time spent to visit and share her (Colleen's) mana'o with the homesteaders," shared Uncle Black Ho'ohuli, observer, and Vice President, AINA.

At the University of Hawai'i - Maui College a crowd of 200+ gathered at the auditorium and included a "read through" of a written comment to be submitted by the Ahupua'a o Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead (AoHH) representing lessee's in the Nanakuli Hawaiian homestead community.  "We were amazed and very grateful for the opportunity to attend this meeting and it really informed us as Hawaiian homesteaders and the importance of understanding our role" commented at Waiohuli resident.

The two-hour presentation ended with positive outcomes and with a closing reminder by Hanabusa, "...what really matters is what you do after you leave this meeting!"   Added comments by Uncle Black was, "...as homesteaders, everyone must submit a written comment whether  you are for it or against.  It matters!"  Added AINA President Paul Richards, "..it is important for the DOI and your elected congressional delegation to know how you actually feel!  If you're trying to win a raffle or lottery you would simply sign a form and mail it or drop in a box.  This is not a raffle, lottery or contest.  It's a proposal for a rule that will change the way we look at doing business which affects the lives of every native Hawaiian now and in the future." 

Another community meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the DHHL Keaukaha office, sponsored by the community..  

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.

Eagle Scout Project Blood Drive Results in 31 Pints of Blood Donated
Monday, 05 March 2012
Waimanalo, O'ahu 
 
Waimanalo homestead resident Ka'ehu Keawe, a recent 2015 graduate of Kamehameha Schools - Kapalama extends his "mahalo nui loa" and is grateful for the help and response received in his recent Eagle Scout Project - Blood Drive held on Saturday, July 25th at the Waimanalo LDS Ward.
 
Over 41 signed up and 8 walk-in donors and those unable to donate for various reasons still produced 31 pints of blood!  Hawaii Blood Bank Coordinator, Jonette Correira commented on the positive attitude and the manner in which the event was coordinated.  "We're very thankful for the work Ka'ehu had done in planning this event and making it a success!"
 
Ka'ehu scheduled and presented his project at the monthly meetings of the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association, Waimanalo Neighborhood Board and Waimanalo Canoe Club.  Besides, he contacted other church groups, individuals and those in the community to garner his sign-up roster.  Congratulations! 
 

Blood Drive in Waimanalo a

Success!  Mahalo nui loa!


 
 

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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.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-12/pdf/2015-11401.pdf  

 

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 13, 2015

 

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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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