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DHHL Voices Disappointment...
Tuesday, 17 April 2012

DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS DISAPPOINTED BY AG’S DECISION TO APPEAL COURT’S RULING TO SUFFICIENTLY FUND STATE AGENCY OPERATIONS
DHHL pushes funding parity, urges no further delay in funds to beneficiaries

KAPOLEI, HAWAII – The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is disappointed in yesterday's decision by the state attorney general to appeal a recent Circuit Court ruling in the Nelson case, which found the state failed to meet its constitutional duty to sufficiently fund DHHL.

Hawai‘i’s state Attorney General’s office filed a notice of appeal late yesterday afternoon over a recent ruling by First Circuit Court Judge Jeanette Castagnetti ordering the legislature to provide sufficient funding to DHHL for its administrative and operating expenses, in line with the constitutional mandate to do so. In the current fiscal year the order identified this amount as being more than $28 million.

“It’s discouraging to see the attorney general pursuing an appeal of this matter on the basis that the court has overstepped its powers. The appeal will eventually end up at the Supreme Court level, and the Supreme Court already ruled in 2012 that the court can determine what is ‘sufficient funding’ for operating and administrative expenses for DHHL,” said Jobie Masagatani, Hawaiian Homes Commission Chair and DHHL Director, “It feels like an unnecessary delay that hurts DHHL and its ability to effectively meet its mission to place native Hawaiians on the land.”

In late November, Judge Castagnetti concluded, “The legislature has failed to appropriate sufficient sums to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for its administrative and operating budget in violation of its constitutional duty to do so. This failure includes every fiscal year since at least 1992.” In her 40-page ruling, Judge Castagnetti stated, “DHHL suffers from a lack of funding and staffing, which adversely affects beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust.” 

For the last three years, the legislature has appropriated $9.6 million in general funds to the DHHL, nearly one-third the amount requested by the DHHL to “sufficiently sum” operations. Prior to that, the legislature provided no general funds to the department, prompting six native Hawaiian beneficiaries to file suit against the state in 2007. The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs Richard “Dickie” Nelson III, Kelii Ioane, Sherilyn Adams, Kaliko Chun, James Akiona, and Charles Aipia, in 2012, citing the State’s failure to sufficiently fund DHHL.

In her ruling, Judge Castagnetti commended Chair Masagatani and Rodney Lau, DHHL’s administrative services officer, for their “credible and clear “ explanation of how DHHL determined its administrative and operating needs post 2012, noting “DHHL’s determinations as to its administrative and operating needs were made with care, expertise and sound judgment.”

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Paula Aila
Information & Community Relations Officer
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
(808)620-9591

dhhl.hawaii.gov

DHHL Beneficiary Consultation on Admin Rules Draws Over 200
Monday, 05 March 2012
Waimanalo, O'ahu 
 
On Thursday, December 10th over 200 DHHL current lessees, applicants' and future DHHL lease awardees attended a beneficiary consultation regarding the proposed Administrative Rules.  The three specific areas drew valuable comments and information from participants throughout the two-hour session facilitated by DHHL employees.
 
The topics included 1) Subsistence Agricultural Lost, 2) Selling of Leases and 3) DNA Testing.
 
The feedback was collected throughout the meeting separating into three groups and allowing comments relating to the topics mentioned above and was later shared with the entire group prior to the ending of the meeting.
 
"This was the largest gathering we've had throughout the statewide meetings and appreciate the efforts made in notifying everyone" commented Kaleo Manuel, DHHL Manager.  Also, attending the meeting was DHHL Deputy Chairman William Aila.
 
Beneficiaries have until January 11, 2016, to provide manaʻo on this first round of proposed changes to the DHHL's Administrative Rules.

For more information and to provide feedback via web, visit our DHHL Administrative Rules page at:  dhhl.hawaii.gov/DHHLRules.

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WHHA Submits Comments on U. S. Department of Interior Proposed Rules
Tuesday, 08 November 2011

 Waimanalo, Hawaii

Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) submitted written comments to the recent Regulation Identifier No. 1090-AB05 - Procedures for Reestablishing a Formal Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community on December 30, 2015.  

"It was very interesting and challenging, but the comments submitted reflected the majority of the homestead residents and WHHA with regards to federal recognition and its processes," commented WHHA President Kamakana Aquino.

Aunty Moana Akana, WHHA Secretary agreed with Kamakana, "It was very challenging in composing a comment that best voiced the homesteaders in Waimanalo."

Several talk story sessions that included former U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa provided excellent background and encouragement to Waimanalo homesteaders in seriously considering and submitting their individual written comments.  Similar sessions were held at Papakolea, Wai'anae, Nanakuli, Kapolei, Panaewa-Keaukaha, Kona, Maui, Moloka'i and Kaua'i.

 Copies of the DOI Proposal and written comments will be available this Monday during the WHHA Welcome Dinner while supplies lasts.

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WHHA Welcomes 2016 and Homesteaders
Friday, 01 July 2011

 

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Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) President Kamakana Aquino greeted and welcomed the enthusiastic crowd of Waimanalo homesteaders to the welcoming dinner on Monday, January 4th!   Discussions centered on various topics ranging from the recent DOI Federal recognition, DHHL and the State of Hawaii resuming funding as a result of winning their lawsuit, homesteaders issues ranging from recent proposed Administrative Rules and DNA testing proposal.

 Other topics included the proposed City and County Rule 8 which would include restricting commercial filming along the Waimanalo coastline.  These topics and others were of main concerns of the homesteaders and brought forward a great discussion.

WAIMANALO HAWAIIAN HOMES ASSN. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH AND BEGINS AT 7 PM.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016 - 7:00 PM

KA HOOILINA NA KUHIO COMMUNITY CENTER -  

 


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HHCA and DOI Rule Proposal Outreach to Keaukaha and Panaewa a Success!
Tuesday, 21 June 2011

 

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                             The Presentation on Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920

                                  Awakens the 'uhane Within the Hawaiian Homesteaders

Waimanalo, Hawaii.

Colleen Hanabusa continued her presentation on the Island of Hawaii last weekend and addresses a good size crowd at the DHHL Conference room in Keaukaha.  The event was requested by Panaewa and Keaukaha Hawaiian homesteaders curious about the other presentations made throughout the state and in Hawaiian homestead communities.

"We were very pleased with the turnout at Keaukaha and squeezed everyone that could possibly fit in the room." commented Olinda Fisher, Nanakuli Hawaiian homestead resident who assisted Colleen with her presentation.

Similar to previous community presentations the focus on understanding the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 and the proposed rules from the Department of Interior (DOI) were the main focus of the two-hour presentation.  

Although some late attendees may have missed the introduction of the presentation Colleen's answer concerning, "if she's only doing this for a political reason?"..she said, "No, I've been doing this on all the major Hawaiian islands for the benefit of the beneficiaries in making an education and well-informed decision." 

"Colleen continues to be a valued individual who studies and researched the HHCA, its original debates at the time of Prince Kuhio in Congress." added Paul Richards, AINA President.  "Also, Colleen was a workshop speaker at the 2015 Community Development and Finance Conference at Windward Community College and drew a conference room filled of inquiring minds!"

REMINDER!

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 12, 2015. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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